Before the 1983 draft, Stanford All-American quarterback John Elway publicly stated that if the Baltimore Colts drafted him, he’d probably just quit football and try his hand at baseball. The Colts drafted him anyway, trading him almost immediately to the Denver Broncos, who enjoyed 16 years of Elway’s service, the most by any Bronco.
Despite being sacked a record 516 times in his career, Elway threw for more than 50,000 yards and guided his team to five Super Bowls, the last two of which, Super Bowls XXII and XXIII, went to the Broncos. Elway was named the MVP of that last Super Bowl, which, as it turned out, was the last game of his illustrious career. Elway was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
John Elway began his career in an era when football cards were printed in large numbers, so his 1984 Topps rookie card is in demand, but not nearly as collectible as rookie cards of players who began their careers in the 1970s, ’60s, or ’50s.
Dan Marino’s rookie card was issued the same year, which may be why in 2007, Topps produced a limited edition, autographed card featuring photos and signatures of both Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Signed Riddell John Elway football helmets are popular, as are signed Wilson NFL footballs. And because he played a couple of summers in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees, Elway fans can even collect signed baseballs.
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Broncos' John Elway on fine line of winning, losing in NFLChron.com (blog), August 22nd
DENVER – It took John Elway 15 seasons to win his first Super Bowl. Back-to-back trophies followed. But Elway has again been forced to deal with the difficulty of claiming pro football's annual championship, with the Broncos going a combined 26-6 the...Read more
John Elway to be inducted into NY-Penn League Hall of FameDenverBroncos.com (blog), August 19th
John Elway will be inducted into the New York-Penn League's Hall of Fame to honor his time with the minor league baseball association. Broncos legend John Elway is about to enter the Hall of Fame. No, he's not getting inducted to the Pro Football Hall...Read more
John Elway takes on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to raise money and awareness for ALSThe Denver Channel, August 14th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - Former Denver Broncos quarterback and current General Manager of the team John Elway got soaked on the field Wednesday, but it was his choice. Elway picked up a bucket of ice water and soaked himself as part of the ALS Ice ...Read more
John Elway takes #IceBucketChallengekdvr.com, August 13th
DENVER — John Elway took the Ice Bucket Challenge and the Denver Broncos posted a video of it on Facebook Wednesday. The Ice Bucket Challenge is a social media campaign that aims to raise awareness and money to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, also ...Read more
John Elway joins Randy Johnson in New York Penn League's Hall of FameThe Denver Post (blog), August 9th
Broncos' general manager John Elway has been elected into the New York Penn League's Hall of Fame, along with pitcher Randy Johnson and statistician Charlie Wride. Elway is better known as a former Stanford quarterback who became the No. 1 overall ...Read more
John Elway's Top QBs of All TimeBleacher Report, August 6th
Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations John Elway is a former NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Whom does Elway name among his top five QBs of all time? Did he put himself on the list?...Read more
MNF moments, No. 36: Elway does it againESPN (blog), August 3rd
The previous season, quarterback John Elway led the Broncos to 14 unanswered fourth-quarter points to beat the Raiders on Dec. 24. On this Monday night, the Broncos were in need of another game-winning drive, and that is exactly what Elway delivered ...Read more
Emotional John Elway on Pat Bowlen resignation: Broncos "will never be the ...CBS News, July 24th
Professional football stars rarely show any vulnerability or raw emotion, but John Elway did just that after Pat Bowlen announced his resignation as Denver Broncos owner. It was a sign of how much Bowlen means not only to Elway, but to the rest of the...Read more