If you look at this play on paper, it doesn't look very impressive. After all, it was just an 8-yard run on third down by QB John Elway for a first down.
However, what makes this play so special is what is behind it. Throughout Elway's career, he took the Broncos to three Super Bowls, all of which they were blown out in.
At 37 years old during what was possibly his last season, Elway had a chance to finally win the Super Bowl title that had eluded him his entire career.
On 3rd-and-6 in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXII (32), Elway drops back to pass but then notices an opportunity to run for the first down. He takes it, but four Green Bay defenders quickly begin to bear down on him.
Instead of sliding and allowing the Broncos to kick a field goal, Elway defines the term "putting the team on his back" (sorry, Greg Jennings) by leaping up over them in an attempt to gain enough yardage for the first down.
Two defenders collide with him so hard he spins around completely in midair, but Elway lands with enough yardage for the first down and gets up and jogs back to the huddle.
The Broncos score two plays later and win Super Bowl XXXII 31-24.