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NFL Quarterbacks of the 90's - Then and Now

Updated on December 8, 2015
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An interest in sports began when Audrey was in high school. An avid fan of football and basketball, she enjoys learning facts about players.

Quarterbacks - Then and Now

Do you often wonder what became of the lives of the famous NFL quarterbacks of the 90's? Sometimes you learn about them from sports' networks and magazines, but you may desire current information about their lives. The 90's produced some of the all time best players. Four profiles here depict the lives of some of the great heroes of that era. Their lives and families vary, but each player exudes excitement and takes you back to their starring years in the National Football League. Each detail brings them back to life. Stay tuned for some fun with the past of great catches and long throws and more with the legends of their time.

Troy Aikman

A Cowboy hero - NFL Quarterback
A Cowboy hero - NFL Quarterback | Source

Troy Aikman - Dallas Cowboys

Troy Aikman was born in West Covina, California, moving to Henryetta, Oklahoma when he was 12 years old. He made All State in football and baseball in high school. Following high school, he attended the University of Oklahoma but did not like the wishbone offense. Coach Barry Switzer assisted with his transfer to University of California at Los Angeles, where he led that team to a 20-4 record, winning two bowl games. He is a member of his college hall of fame.

In 1989, Troy was the number 1 draft pick by the Dallas Cowboys. His first year as quarterback was not successful but after that, he became a hero. Dallas won 6 Super Bowls, and Troy was in 6 Pro Bowls. Late in his career, his pass protection failed and he suffered his tenth concussion in December 2000. Placed on waivers in 2001, he retired in April 2001.

In the 90's, he won ninety games, the most of any quarterback. He married Rhonda Worthey in 2000 and had two daughters. In 2013, they divorced, and Troy lives in Dallas..Blessed with a resounding voice and ability to review plays, he has worked for Fox Sports Network since 2001. He is a member of the Football Hall of Fame.

Names of Outstanding 90's Football Players
Names of Outstanding 90's Football Players | Source

Hero of the 90's

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A Great NFL Player for Denver Broncos | Source

John Elway - Denver Broncos

John Elway was born in Port Angeles, Washington and excelled in baseball and football in high school. Stanford University became his college choice where he again excelled in both football and baseball. As quarterback, he threw for over 9000 yards by graduation. Denver selected him as the top pick in the 1983 NFL draft, and he played for that team for sixteen years. He won two Super Bowls and was in the Pro Bowl nine times, while throwing for 0ver 45.000 yards and 300 touchdowns. He is a member of the Football Hall of Fame.

Retiring in 1999, he had many successful business ventures. In 2012, he became the Vice President of Football Operations at Denver, having lived in that city since his football days.

He had the fortune of hiring an outstanding quarterback in 2013, the famous Peyton Manning . Peyton overcame a serious neck injury and had an illustrious first season, breaking all sorts of records and going to the Super Bowl. The team did not win, and his second season ended with injuries. He will return for another season, and was one of John Elway's successes.

Prior to this success and after his retirement from football, he suffered the loss of his father and twin sister and went through a divorce. He has four children by his first wife, and married Paige Green in 2009.

Quarterback in the 90's

Hero of the Buffalo Bills
Hero of the Buffalo Bills | Source

Jim Kelly - Buffalo Bills

Jim Kelly was born in East Brady. Pennsylvania and excelled at football and basketball in high school. This athlete passed for 3915 yards and 44 touchdowns during those years. The University of Miami was his college choice. At Miami, he helped rebuild their program,eventually entering the Miami Football Hall of Fame. In 1986 after a stint with the United States Football league, he became a quarterback for the Buffalo Bills. Playing in four consecutive Super Bowls, he continued his success with this cold weather team. He excelled in passing and passed for 3000 yards in a season eight times. In 1990, he had a 101.2 passer rating. He made the Pro Bowl four times. In 1996, he retired, and later became a member of the Football Hall of Fame.

He married Jill in 1996 and their second child, Hunter, born with a progressive fatal disease, was Jim's life's devotion. He established a foundation, Hunter's Hope, for a cure. Hunter died at the age of 8, surpassing the survival age of 2. His memory will be everlasting for the family and many friends and fans. The Kellys also have two daughters and live in East Aurora, New York. Jim devotes much of his life to helping children.

In 2013, Jim received a crushing blow about his health, learning he had cancer of the jaw. After excising part of his jaw and teeth, physicians are confident of a cure, and Jim Kelly considers himself cancer free Jill Kelly has written four books about their lives, covering joys and sadness and other problems they overcame.

Steve Young Sportscaster - Quarterback of the 90's

Steve Young of the 90's era of football was a hero for the 49ers. He is pictured in the center.
Steve Young of the 90's era of football was a hero for the 49ers. He is pictured in the center. | Source

Steve Young - San Francisco 49ers

Steve Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. During his high school years, he played three sports, including football. As a close relative of the founder of the Mormon religion, he attended Brigham Young University, a Mormon School, and became a runner up for the Heisman Trophy. He entered the NFL in 1984, where he played for Tampa Bay for three years before his trade to San Francisco. Early on, he saw limited play but made use of his backup position to quarterback and mentor Joe Montana. In 1991, following an injury to the quarterback, he began to play on a regular basis. He gradually improved until, in 1994, he had a passer rating of 112.8. That year with the team, he completed 324 of 461 passes for 3969 yards.

During his brilliant career, he threw for 3000 or more passes 6 times, and 20 or more touchdown passes 5 times. With a passer rating of 100 six time, his road to excellence continued. In 1999, he retired after suffering many concussions. During the off seasons of his career, his academic skill led him to complete a law degree.

In 2000, Steve married Barbara Graham in a lavish ceremony in Hawaii. Their marriage produced two children. Steve Young is very active with a history of appearing on many TV talk shows. His concerns led him to establish a fund at a children's hospital called the Forever Young fund. Steve's excellence in football, earned him a position on Monday Night Football and other television appearances on behalf of the game. In addition, he keeps busy managing a very successful private equity firm. Steve Young is a member of the Football Hall of Fame and resides in Palo Alto California..


So there you have it - the wonder boys of the 90's. Doesn't it make you wish you could see them on the field today, making the big plays so often remembered?. These four men made hearts beat a little faster.Troy Aikman, John Elway, Jim Kelly and Steve Young may be among the best of all time. Fortunately, great football players are out there today, replacing the old memories with new ones. Still, you won't forget the NFL quarterbacks of the 90's and their lives then and now. You will remember football parties, going to sports bars and games with the whole family, and cheering, yelling, screaming,and winning and losing games. The kids still remember those days when they had football fun, wearing their t-shirts and football caps and eating good food with Mom and Dad. Those memories will last forever in the hearts of diehard fans. Go team!

Which quarterback would you rate as the best of the era?

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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not a bad group of quarterbacks, eh? LOL I taught Elway's wife in high school; that's as close as I have gotten to fame. :) Interesting hub; thanks for sharing.

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      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Writer Fox for reading my football article and for nice comments. I am a football fan ever since high school. I loved researching some of the info and learning the latest news about them. Jim Kelly played in my hometown, and Troy Aikman was close to where I live now. Glad you also liked hearing the current news about them too. Keep up the good work. You are a forum guru now and a very helpful one. Audrey

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      Writer Fox 

      6 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      You surely did your homework on this article! It is fascinating to know where all of these football legends are now. You live in America's football heartland and must be a real expert on the players. Enjoyed and voted up!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Pamela99. Thank you for the very nice comments about my hub. I am so glad you love football, as it is fun and so exciting and sometimes not exciting when favorites keep losing. Maybe you like Jacksonville or Tampa Bay or Miami. I just read your hub on PTSD so will be over to comment. Till later. Hugs. Audrey

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      6 years ago

      Hi flourishanyway. Thank you for commenting on my article. I am so like you with curiosity about what is the latest about the heroes of yesterday. I hope my hub gave you information. Please stop by again. I enjoy your hubs also. Blessings. Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Faith - You are so sweet to read my football article. I have loved football ever since high school and have followed the NFL for a long time. Our whole family is into football. I do remember Joe Namath and Jim Brown and all the old timers. The 90's were my favorite with such great quarterbacks. I don't have a special favorite. I hope my article helped or entertained you. Congratulations on your Hubbie award. You should be very proud. Till later. Blessings Audrey

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Alphadogg - Thank you for reading my article and commenting. I do love football, even if I am a woman. I thank you for liking a woman's perspective. I always want to know what players are doing now, so I decided to write about it. People do seem interested in football and all the news about it. Thank you for visiting and stop by again. You must like footaball too. Yay.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoy football, so your article is very interesting to me. You really know your facts and this article was very well written.

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      6 years ago from USA

      Nice hub, as I always enjoy "where are they now" updates and did not know some of these details.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, you certainly are knowledgeable in this area, where I am not. I do remember Joe Namath, being quarterback to the University of Alabama back in the day, and then going pro. So, you understand my limited knowledge here. Having said that, this is quite a good hub here and very informative, especially for me!

      Up and more and sharing for all those football fans out there!

      Have a great rest of the week,

      Faith Reaper

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      Kevin W 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Very nice hub brakel2, I like to see sports from a woman's perspective. John Elway has always been one of my favorite athletes. I would have to say either Elway or Jim Kelly would have been the best of the 90's. Aikman and Young both had much better teams as a whole, better offensive weapons, both had Hall of Famers to throw too. (Rice,Irving)


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