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Here’s the thing about hosting a Super Bowl party — everything is always geared toward men, with man-friendly menu items like wings and pizza, and kegs of beer and rounds of beer pong.

We ladies enjoy the fare, but would like a feminine touch as well. There are tons of lady fans showing their love for the Super Bowl and in honor of them, celebrity caterer and event planner Andrea Correale has whipped up a whimsical and girl-friendly menu for a "Ladies-Only Super Bowl Party."

From truffle mac and cheese to Cobb salad towers and gorgeous — not to mention delicious — cocktails fit for females. These dishes are equal parts attractive, appropriate for game day, and easy to make, but not for the fellas — no boys allowed!

Before you set the table, you need to set the scene. Here’s what Correale dreamt up as ideal girly game day décor:

  • Think sideline colors for your table décor.Take a hint from the men who rule the game by using black- and white-striped linen for your tables.
  • Bring in pops of color using flowers in beer mugs.

Here are Correale's fantastic recipes:

Mini Parmesan Truffle Mac & Cheese Muffins

  • 12 oz Elbow Pasta
  • 2 Cups Breadcrumbs
  • 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar
  • 6 Tbsp Butter melted
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¾ cup, Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Truffle Oil
  • Parmesan Cheese for Melting
  • Salt to taste

In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the macaroni until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain. Brush one 12-cup, nonstick mini muffin tins with butter. In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour over medium heat for 2 minutes. Whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until boiling, about 5 minutes. Add the 2 ½ cups cheddar and whisk until melted.

Off the heat, whisk in the egg yolk, and salt, and then slowly fold in the macaroni until completely coated. Now, spoon tablespoons of the macaroni into the prepared muffin cups, packing them gently. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs on top.

Cover with foil and chill for at least 30 minutes or until you are almost ready to serve. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, until golden and sizzling. While muffins are still hot, drizzle with a little bit of truffle oil so it absorbs into the muffins.

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Ladies Night Cocktail Party

Host a ladies night cocktail party as a precursor to a night out to watch the new movie, Fifty Shades Darker! I’ve partnered with Universal Pictures in order to bring you fun ideas to make it an event!

Alright ladies, the wait is nearly over and the next installment in the Fifty Shades series, Fifty Shades Darker, is about to hit theaters on February 10. That’s just in time to host a “Galentine’s day” party, or ladies night cocktail party for your best girl friends, and go see the movie together afterward. This Valentine’s Day, slip into something a shade darker!

I put together this ladies night soiree to give you some ideas on how you can make the night more fun. You’ll find a simple cocktail bar with signature drink recipe, easy food, a fun photo ‘booth’, a playlist, and more!

Ladies Night Cocktail Party – bar

A little extra attention was paid to the bar area since this a cocktail party. Hanging a “cheers” banner and tassels highlights the space but is something anyone can do. Since we’re celebrating the movie, Fifty Shades Darker, all the decor is black and silver, with some color contrast from the flowers.

Draping black lace fabric across the bar seemed apropos, and serving up 50 Shades of Grey wine was a must!

I created a signature cocktail for the festivities: 1/2 ounce blackberry liqueur, topped with sparkling wine, and a couple of dashes of orange or cherry bitters. Garnish with fresh blackberries and an edible flower on the side of the glass.

Write down or print out the recipe to the signature cocktail so guests can mix their own. Add a sweet detail to glasses by tying on a long strand of ribbon to hang from the stems.

Ladies Night Cocktail Party – food

For the food, keeping it simple but tasty was important. I set up the bar cart with appetizers and desserts including: California rolls, spicy chicken cups, individual crudites & dip cups, dark chocolate biscotti, and an assortment of mini desserts from the bakery. I also included mini pasta skewers in the lounge seating area.

Speaking of seating, I set up the space to have a lounge feel. Big pillows were placed on the floor, inviting guests to get cozy.

Ladies Night Cocktail Party – fun details

In order to bring on the fun factor and get excited about the movie, I set up a photo booth wall using a Mylar fringe door curtain, and provided feather boas, and masquerade masks .

You can send guests home with fun party favors like a copy of the book, cool Tee’s, makeup bag, and other lady-like items.

Set the mood of the party by creating a playlist using the original soundtrack from the movie, listed above.

Doesn’t this party look fun? It was a blast and I was thrilled to be able to share it with my girlfriends. I hope you’re inspired to do the same.

This marks the fifth time Tampa will host a Super Bowl. What happened the previous years?

This year’s Super Bowl in Tampa will mark the fifth time the city has played host to the big event.

Here’s a look back at the previous four games.

Super Bowl XVIII (Jan. 22, 1984)

In the first Super Bowl to be played in Tampa, the then-Los Angeles Raiders recorded a 38-9 blowout of Washington. The Raiders jumped out to a 21-3 lead by scoring touchdowns on special teams, defense and offense, and cruised from there. Running back Marcus Allen was named the MVP after rushing for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, including a highlight-reel 74-yard touchdown run in which he darted to his left, did a complete 360, then bolted up the middle of the field, all the way to the end zone.

Super Bowl XXV (Jan. 27, 1991)

There was an intense security presence with this game taking place just 10 days after the Persian Gulf War started, and the pregame was highlighted by Whitney Houston’s epic rendition of the national anthem. The New York Giants then recorded one of the biggest upsets in Super Bowl history, knocking off the Buffalo Bills, 20-19. It remains the only Super Bowl game decided by one point and was the first of four straight Super Bowl losses by the Bills. Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood missed what would’ve been a 47-yard game-winning field goal in the final seconds. The Giants slowed down Buffalo’s high-powered offense by possessing the ball for more than 40 minutes of the game.

Super Bowl XXXV (Jan. 28, 2001)

The first Super Bowl to be played at Raymond James Stadium, the Baltimore Ravens and their historically dominant defense won the franchise’s first title with a 34-7 rout of the New York Giants. Baltimore jumped out to a 17-0 lead before a rarity occurred in the third quarter, when there were back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns. After the Giants got on the board with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Ron Dixon, the Ravens answered when Jermaine Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a score.

Super Bowl XLIII (Feb. 1, 2009)

This was a matchup of a Super Bowl staple vs. a team making its first-ever appearance in the big game, as the Pittsburgh Steelers took on the Arizona Cardinals. Pittsburgh was heavily favored going in, and the Steelers took a 17-7 lead on a 100-yard interception return by James Harrison. But the Cardinals stunned many by rallying and taking a 23-20 lead with 2:37 remaining in the game on a 64-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Warner to Larry Fitzgerald.

However, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger drove his team 78 yards down the field and threw a game-winning, 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds left. Pittsburgh won 27-23 for its sixth Super Bowl title.

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Hosting a Super Bowl Party? Try These Tailgate-Worthy Recipes

So maybe you don’t like going to crowded bars to watch football games. Maybe you want to watch Super Bowl 51 for Lady Gaga’s inevitably iconic halftime performance. Or maybe you don’t care about football at all and just want an excuse to eat garbage food and drink with your friends on a Sunday. Regardless, we see you, and we approve. Here are some Bushwick Daily-tested tailgate-worthy recipes to make your Super Bowl party memorable and scrumptious.

The slow cooker is an essential part of the culinarily-challenged chef’s arsenal. This pulled pork chili is perfect for when you want to make something spicy and savory but don’t have time to keep an eye on a hot stove for hours.

2 pound boneless pork shoulder roast
1 small onion, diced
2 gloves garlic, minced
1 – 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (ribs and seeds removed)
1 (15oz) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (15oz) cans diced tomatoes
1 (8oz) can tomato sauce
2 teaspoons chili powder1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried cilantro (regular cilantro works too!)
8 oz Mexican beer OR chicken broth (I used Tecate)

This recipe is fantastic because you literally put all the ingredients in your slow cooker and leave it alone to cook for 7-9 hours on low or 4-5 hours on high. Then it makes your whole apartment smell delicious and comes out ready to enjoy, preferably with tortilla chips. And if you’re wary about cooking with beer, don’t be! it adds to the flavor and you can tell all your friends you know how to cook with beer. Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, or whatever toppings you desire.

And, if eating meat isn’t your thing, fear not: there is a kick-ass vegan quinoa and black bean chili recipe available here.

If you’re like me, cheese is your favorite food and you have a deep appreciation for all the foods pretty much guaranteed to give you heartburn. The Super Bowl is an excellent occasion to celebrate all of those things. Enter, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers.

1/2 cup of cream cheese
1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
12 jalepeno peppers, halved, sans seeds and ribs
12 slices of bacon (I used turkey bacon and it worked fine, but my roommate told me it looked like dog treats.)

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix your cream cheese and shredded cheese in a bowl and use it as filling for your jalapeno halves. Put the pepper halves together and wrap in bacon. Put them on an aluminum foil-covered baking sheet and bake them until the bacon is crispy. This one is so easy, and your friends will look at you like you could definitely beat Bobby Flay.

Disclaimer: PLEASE wash your hands thoroughly after cutting jalapenos. Also, make sure you don’t accidentally let your roommate’s dog eat jalapeno seeds. It will be ugly and your roommate will be upset.

Here is a marvelous margarita recipe for when the halftime show is over and you just can’t confront the fact you have to work tomorrow.

Merry football season, and don’t forget to set out a bowl of antacids for your guests.

No Men Allowed: How to Throw The Ultimate Ladies Only Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl is the biggest night on television and what better way to get into the spirit of the game then with your girlfriends? Leave your man in his cave and enjoy an evening of snacks, gossip and football with your best friends.

Super Bowl is the biggest night on television and what better way to get into the spirit of the game then with your girlfriends? Plan a Super Bowl party for your best friends with help from celebrity wedding planner, Diann Valentine and celebrity event producer, Karleen Roy. These much-sought-after event planners share easy, fun party ideas for your ladies’ only Super Bowl bash:

A Pampered Touchdown

“Women tend not to get as emotionally charged as men while watching the Super Bowl, so it’s the perfect time to schedule some pampering,” says veteran celebrity wedding planner and television host, Diann Valentine. Take this pampering session up a notch by offering hand, feet and leg massages during the game. “The gentlemen of Manly Handz offer mobile massage services for neck and shoulder, back, arm, leg and foot massages delivering a professional and friendly experience. All of your girls will be singing your praises long after the Super Bowl,” adds Valentine.

Say Yes To A Theme-Centric Menu

“Leave the chips and wings for amateurs,” says Karleen Roy, the founder of The Vanity Group, a boutique luxury lifestyle management company specializing in event production, luxury concierge services and talent relations. “Create custom food menu featuring the dishes and drink favorites from Seattle and New England – both major seafood hubs. Load your menu with yummy crab, shrimp, lobster rolls, crab legs galore, Cape Cod chips and New England clam chowder,” shares Roy. Pair your Seattle vs. New England menu with a Super Bowl Sundae dessert bar. “Set up a sundae making station for dessert and for a festive end to the evening, serve a Starbucks Coffee cocktail mix for the post-game coverage,” adds Roy.

#Hashtag Activations

You and your girlfriends can’t get together without oversharing on social media. Set up a Super Bowl hashtag for your party and create these fun Instagram worthy activations:

The “Melfie”: Since your fashionista friends will be decked out in their team’s apparel with nail polish to match, set up a fun way to showcase their nicely painted tips. Valentine suggests, “The Melfie, where your friends’ hands become the subject as they strut their fingers down the 50-yard line to get the perfect selfie of their fabulously adorned nails. Use one of your largest shoe boxes and cut off one of the shortest sides. Line all sides of the inside of the box with green AstroTurf and use a white Crayola Paint Marker to stripe it like a football field. Allow your girlfriends to walk the football field runway with their fingers while you snap away at their manicures and give them new content for Instagram.”

Photo Booth Fun: A DIY football photo booth backdrop is something Roy knows will be a hit at your party. “Find a clean white wall in your home to set up the backdrop. Grab the Seattle and New England team logos, team helmets, eye black and fun game-specific props such as Marshawn Lynch inspired gold cleats or oversized Skittles,” states Roy. Download a photo booth app like LiveBooth to a tablet or phone for Instagram memories.

Super Bowling

“If you don’t want to deal with the pressure of hosting your girlfriends at home, gather a few of your girlfriends and head to your local bowling alley where you can play, eat and watch the game on the screens,” shares Roy.

Sunday Cheers!

Beer is the quintessential beverage for Super Bowl Sunday, and it’s the perfect time to try your local brewery’s offerings with a beer-themed party. A brewery or your nearby Whole Foods offer a variety of signature flavored ales that can be perfectly paired with staple Super Bowl foods. Ask your local cicerone for suggestions to create a beer sampling experience. Take your ale to the next level with booze-infused treats like Apple Beer Cupcakes or Bourbon Salted Caramel Frosted Brownies. Have a little fun with a drinking game during the broadcast. Every time your not-so-sporty friend asks which team is winning, drink up!

Signature Sips

To accompany your theme menu, Valentine shares these adorable signature drinks that coincide with the colors of the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks that can be served throughout the night:

Tasty Super Bowl Party Favor

When planning a Super Bowl party, finding unique party favors might not be on top of your to-do list. However, there are some easy things you can do to create delicious and creative homemade "snack pack" party favors.

First, identify the snack part of your favor. You can make football shaped sugar cookies and frost them with your team colors. You can create your own trail mix to gift to guests. Include all of your favorites like peanuts, almonds, M&Ms, and raisins. You can really include anything in your snack pack&mdashthe main criteria is to give guests something that they'll enjoy, that doesn't need to be heated or refrigerated, and that they can open and enjoy during the game.

Once you've determined what snack item to give guests, get clear plastic bags (sanwich bags are fine) and fill the bags with the treats. Then, print out your own crafty football snack packaging. This can include the name of the event, event date, imagery related to your event, and anything else you think guests would appreciate. Affix your packaging label to the top of your snack bags using staples or glue.

Then, on game day put your snack pack favors in baskets so that guests see them. Let them know that they can each take one and that they are free to open it during the game. Your guests will be thrilled to have their own treats to enjoy during the big game!

Delicious & Easy Party Appetizers

When it comes to party appetizers, the more variety you have the better. You can mix and match items for a well rounded party buffet, from hand-held bites to easy hors d’oeuvres, dips and spreads.

I’ve included a list of options that are sure to please, plus two bonus recipes right here. As a host you want to incorporate the BEST ideas for casual entertaining. These appetizers are going to be a great choice when you’re looking for something to serve at home or take with you to an appetizer party.

My baked artichoke dip is a winning recipe with guests, and my neighbor liked it because “it’s not overly cheesy.” The flatbread goat cheese & pesto bites are less filling but so full of flavor. A good choice for smaller gatherings since they have to be made individually.

When I heard that in March Nick would be going on his third (THIRD?!) international bachelor party, I decided it would be the perfect time to host a ladies-only dinner party. Since Nick is legitimately afraid of cooked salmon, although he'll eat raw salmon and arctic char (which is truly the same fish), and it's one of my favorite foods, I knew I was going to center things around salmon. Despite my challenges with the famous Alison Roman cookies in January, I chose her recipe for slow-roasted salmon with citrus, and went from there. The menu really planned itself after that. I decided to kick things off with a green goddess dressing and crudite — I mean, how could you not for an all-female soiree? I picked up on the citrus from the salmon, and went with a citrus salad that I cobbled together from two recipes (making a last minute switch day of), and this miso pesto ramen that I had made before and loved (the greenest pasta there is). AND. I baked again. Two postscripts…I froze the cake leftovers so Nick could try it when he was bake and it was still unbelievably moist after a month in the freezer, and I ate the leftover pesto as dip for the rest of the week and it was insane. Make this pesto — it is super healthy and tastes incredible!

You’ve gotta make this pesto.

Having learned my baking lesson the very hard way in January, I decided I would get up early yesterday and get the baking out of the way first thing, just in case it didn't turn out well. I chose an olive oil cake from Maialino (by way of Food52), thinking it matched the healthy fat theme of the evening, and it was honestly the easiest recipe of all time. I think it took less than 15 minutes to get it in the oven and that included cutting a piece of parchment paper into a circle to go into the pan.

Riding high on my win, the incredible smell of a cake in the oven, and the cake batter that I'd eaten while "cleaning" the bowl, I started on the green goddess dressing. I guess March was the month for me to give everyone a second chance, because after Samin's not-so-hot garlic bread in January, I went with her goddess dressing recipe from the Times. In my now sort of classic poor Fresh Directing fashion, I had about 3 sprigs of parsley when I needed several cups, but I subbed in cilantro (of which I had waaaay more than I needed), and it came out really well. I also added some avocado because it just felt sort of wrong not to? With the food processor already out, I started on the pesto. It's times like these when I think of the Barefoot Contessa's tip to have a few extra food processor bowls, so you aren't having to constantly clean them while cooking. If only Ina could see my poor food processor shoved under the sink, squished between paper towel rolls and extra paper bags. I quadrupled this recipe, and probably should have made it in smaller batches, but I was somehow able to fit 16 cups of spinach into the food processor without getting pesto all over me and the kitchen.

Fresh Direct really outdid themselves on this farmhouse crudite situation.

With a bunch of key items done, I decided to walk to the fish store and back, hitting a casual three grocery stores on the way home. It was during this outing that I really overcompen-shopped (I think this is a thing). With Nick away, I realized that if I didn't have something I needed later in the day, there wasn't going to be anyone to pick it up for me. So I ended up buying extra bottles of olive oil and fish sauce, only to find out when I got home that I already had fish sauce and I had two full bottles of olive oil. Better safe than sorry, I guess?

The fish sauce was for the citrus salad. I hadn't planned to make this recent recipe from the Times, but it was sort of stuck in my head, and I switched to it last minute — subbing the peanuts for endive (which was in the recipe I originally planned to make). I made this as a composed salad, but if I did it again, I'd toss it all in a bowl so the flavors could meld better. Also, I ended up using a serrated knife to take the peels off all of that citrus, and I thought it was way easier than using a regular knife — although admittedly, serrated or not, it is my best knife.

It was a very herby/citrusy meal.

Alison Roman also triumphed from January's let-down. Her salmon recipe was insanely easy (put citrus in pan, put salmon in pan, add oil, put in oven) and was probably the biggest hit of the night — everyone got up for seconds, and one guest even called it aspirational!

Just before my guests started to arrive, I got ready to take on Nick's other job when we have people over, which is to pick and play the music, but he'd switched some of our speaker cords, and I couldn't figure it out. Despite having 6 incredibly brilliant women over, none of us could make it work, and I ended up just playing music from my phone — which was completely fine.

With music going, we drank pink, orange, and white wine, talked about serums (a little), emotions in the workplace, the things no one will tell you about giving birth (you'll probably poop and it will be hard to poop after), wedding planning, and whether or not to hold a stranger's baby. We capped the night off with olive oil cake, grapes, and gummy worms, and I wasn't jealous at all to be missing out on Nick's trip.

Green goddess dressing (and I ordered a very cute crudite platter from Fresh Direct that came with ranch dressing)

Olive oil cake, grapes, and gummy worms (the gummy worms were a big hit, and I think it’s nice to have a “snacking” dessert people can pick at)

And if you made it this far down, I was very proud of my decision to use our Chemex as a vase.

SUPER BOWL XXXIII The Guest of Honor Approaches His Last Hurrah

They told this joke in Denver in the late 1980's:

A man dies and goes to heaven, where he is told that heaven has all the happy pursuits of his former life, including football.

Taken to heaven's football field, the man notices that the players are wearing letters on their jerseys -- HB, LB and WR -- instead of numbers.

''They signify a player's position,'' the man is told. ''You know, 'HB' is for halfback, 'LB' for linebacker, and so on.''

''What's 'JE'? '' the man asks, pointing to another player.

Nearly a dozen years later, and a year after his only Super Bowl championship, the pro football community and the Rocky Mountain region are hesitantly, if giddily, approaching something new -- the inevitable mortality of John Elway, football player.

It is a celebration of a landmark career, and though Elway's retirement is not yet official, it is fitting that he is being celebrated on pro football's grandest stage, the Super Bowl, which is only proper given the lifelong stage presence of Sunday's guest of honor.

At 38, Elway is no longer the lissome, playful, all-things-are-possible pup of a quarterback who dashed into his first Super Bowl with the Broncos 12 years ago, but he is no less the star as he starts his fifth Super Bowl, a record for a quarterback.

He is a national icon, and simultaneously a peerless symbol for Denver's growth as a Western capital these last two decades. He is as famous for his accomplishments as he is for his successive Super Bowl failures. He was embraced for his stoicism in defeat as much as for the unfettered ebullience he showed in victory a year ago.

He has been a part of the American sports theater for so long that he is one of our most easily recognized athletes -- adored in Denver, respected in 30 other National Football League cities, filled with talent and yet admired for effort.

And now, by most accounts, he is playing his last game in one of the biggest games of his career: Super Bowl XXXIII, where the Broncos will face the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Miami.

''I almost wish I could step back and watch John play this game myself,'' Shannon Sharpe, Denver's glib tight end, said last week. ''Take pictures, soak it in. It's history. Because no quarterback will play exactly like him again.''

Success, Yes, But Perseverance, Too

Denver's offensive coordinator, Gary Kubiak, came into the N.F.L. with Elway in 1983 and has gone from being his backup to his roommate to his coach. Sixteen years of observation have afforded Kubiak a wealth of Elway perspective.

''John's career is not a simple, easy success story,'' Kubiak said in an interview last week. ''It's a long story, with enormous highs and tough times, too. He stuck it out. And not everyone would have.''

Sharpe said: ''He showed everybody. People learned -- you don't tug on Superman's cape and you don't mess with John Elway.''

Elway's wild, gaudy, record-setting career has evolved for nearly a quarter century now, dating to 1978 when he was the country's most heavily recruited high school quarterback. He is one of those modern athletic stars whose time in the spotlight dates to his adolescence. If he walks a bit like John Wayne, maybe it's because he has lived with a movie star's celebrity since he was 16.

Born in the state of Washington but raised in the Los Angeles area, Elway is the only son of Jack Elway, the Denver Broncos' director of pro scouting and the former head coach at San Jose State and Stanford. Offered college scholarships throughout the land, Elway chose Stanford just as his father was beginning his career as coach at San Jose State.

The Stanford assistant coach in charge of recruiting Elway was Jim Fassel, the current Giants coach.

''When I met John, the first thing he wanted to know from me was how he could get better,'' Fassel said. ''I never met a young player so eager to make something of himself. That's what we talked about -- what we could do for him, what he could do for the university and what he could do for himself.

'ɿrom the minute he stepped on campus, he was like, 'When do we get started?' ''

From the minute Elway stepped on the Stanford campus, he was also enveloped in expectations. Elway was supposed to lead Stanford to a host of Rose Bowl titles, perhaps even a national title. None of those things happened, though he did finish second, to Herschel Walker, in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a senior. He set five major National Collegiate Athletic Association records he added to his budding legend.

At Stanford, Elway also met his future wife, Janet.

Fassel remembers Elway's coming to him in his office early in his senior year, unsettled about his relationship with Janet.

''I really like her,'' Elway told Fassel.

''She's so busy, she doesn't have a lot of time for me,'' Elway said.

Fassel remembered that later in Elway's senior year, as the star of the game one afternoon, Elway left the field as the center of attention for a horde of celebrating fans, teammates and news media members.

Standing with Janet, Fassel watched as Elway glided past, waving to the crowd.

''She was trying to get his attention, calling out, 'John, John,' '' Fassel said, laughing. ''John couldn't hear her. I thought how things were changing. They have a very special relationship. They've been together for so long and through so much. But John's life changed a bit on them and there was some adjustment to that.''

If Elway came to Stanford from high school already famous, it was just a warm-up for his entry into the N.F.L.

The first pick of the 1983 N.F.L. draft was held by the Baltimore Colts. Elway told the Colts not to pick him.

Over the years, many reasons have been proposed, most centering on the Colts' mercurial coach, Frank Kush, and the team's flighty owner, Robert Irsay.

Ernie Accorsi, then the Colts' general manager and the current Giants general manager, drafted Elway anyway.

''I figured if the Colts were good enough for John Unitas, they were good enough for John Elway,'' Accorsi said recently, recalling that spring 16 years ago.

Accorsi was convinced that Elway would sign with the Colts in time.

But the Colts' ownership was in disarray. Elway threatened to play major league baseball and launched a brief minor league career with the Yankees.

Privately, Elway made the briefest of overtures to the Colts, indicating his unease with the situation.

Without Accorsi's knowledge, Irsay traded Elway to Denver for offensive lineman Chris Hinton, the Broncos' No. 1 pick in 1984, the backup quarterback Mark Herrmann and $1 million in cash.

Last year, as the Broncos returned from Pittsburgh with their fourth American Football Conference title in Elway's time with the team, Sharpe stood at the front of the chartered jet's cabin and raised a glass to make a toast.

''I just want to thank the Colts,'' Sharpe said. 'ɿor making that stupid trade.''

If only Elway's debut in the N.F.L. was as winsome. Dan Reeves, Denver's coach in 1983, started Elway, something Reeves later called 'ɺ big mistake.'' The remark was a portent of their future relationship.

A Road Soon Studded With Obstacles

Elway was benched after two games, though injuries to his replacement forced him back into the lineup. He finished the year with the worst quarterback rating in the A.F.C.

The next season his record as a starter was 12-2, and by the end of the 1986 season he had the Broncos in the Super Bowl, thanks to a spectacular 98-yard drive that buried the Cleveland Browns in the A.F.C. championship game. It was the 12th of 45 -- and counting -- fourth-quarter comebacks for Elway in the N.F.L.

He then lost the first of three Super Bowls, this one to the Giants. Elway played well in defeat, passing for 304 yards, rushing for a touchdown and passing for another.

He was the league's most valuable player the following season, which ended with a second consecutive Super Bowl loss for the Broncos, a 32-point defeat by Washington.

The 1989 season brought Elway back to the Super Bowl again. This time he lost by 55-10 to Joe Montana's San Francisco 49ers. Elway was intercepted twice and threw for just 108 yards. ''They're never going to forgive me for this,'' Elway said afterward.

After the rout that evening in New Orleans, Elway -- still in uniform, his eyes glazed -- was being led through the catacombs beneath the Superdome grandstand when he passed a fan in Broncos garb.

''John,'' the man called out. ''What happened? What happened to you, John?''

It was a question that would haunt Elway. For the next seven years there were repeated, vexing near misses in his attempt to get back to the Super Bowl. He feuded with Reeves, a feud that has abated but not been forgotten and will be a subplot when Reeves's Falcons face the Broncos Sunday. Dents developed in the Elway armor, even two losing seasons, and Reeves was dismissed, in essence, because he could not lead the magical player to a magical season.

In Denver, sensing that Elway was drifting, some chipped away at Elway's wholesome image, faintly dimming the luster of his star. Elway, once the golden boy, at times seemed to lose the glimmer in his eye.

After Three Losses, The Fullness of Time

But he pressed on. He is not a deeply religious man, though he has not missed a Sunday morning team prayer service in eight years. What he does have is a competitor's faith: keep trying and never stop trying.

After a 3-point loss to Buffalo in the 1991 conference title game, another near miss, Elway said: ''I'm not done. I want to go to the Super Bowl 10 times if that's what it takes. And if it has to be, I'll get beat 10 times.''

When he did finally return for his fourth Super Bowl last January, Elway presided uncomfortably over the event. His advancing age and the grace with which he had faced his professional adversities had made him a sentimental favorite.

''It's flattering and yet it's embarrassing,'' he said at the time. 'ɻut I'm at it again. The fun of going to the Super Bowl in no way compares to the wrath you get for losing one. But if it's the ultimate loss, I'm going to assume it follows that it's the ultimate victory.''

When Elway willed the Broncos to victory over the Packers in a stirring game 12 months ago, those who watched him enjoy the moment saw a man relishing that ultimate victory.

Now he is back for another try. Probably the last try. Elway's tour around Mile High Stadium after the Broncos' defeat of the Jets in the A.F.C. championship game convinced many who saw it that they were witnessing a farewell journey.

''That was fun,'' Elway said Thursday of his lap around Mile High. ''It was really the first time since I've been in Denver that I had a chance to get that close to the fans, to really make eye contact with them -- to see the joy in their eyes.''

Others watched and saw a connection between a beloved player and a constituency bent on honoring him. There was a message sent and a message received.

''What John did here is, he taught this team and this town about persistence,'' Kubiak told The Denver Post. '�use he was close to winning a Super Bowl so many times. He could have just said, 'It's not going to happen, I've had a good career, I'm going into the Hall of Fame.' And he could have retired two or three years ago.

'ɻut he had a persistence about him that he was going to get it done, and he made this team and this city the champions that they are. He had a commitment to stay. He didn't have to stay. He could have been like a lot of other guys and said that's enough. But he kept fighting.''

Once young and invincible, jokingly likened to a deity, John Elway -- football in hand -- appears to be coming to the end of his long run this week. And while there will be no player with a jersey marked ''JE'' dashing about the field Sunday night, there will be a familiar No. 7.

In the last Super Bowl of this century, everyone watching the game will identify.

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