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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Peyton Manning, John Elway appeared on "Late Show with David Letterman"The Denver Post, May 20th
"Our next guest is one of the greatest quarterbacks in college football and is a favorite to win the Heisman trophy on Saturday. Ladies and gentlemen, from the University of Tennessee, please welcome No. 16, Peyton Manning." You could kind of just tell...Read more
Trending in Denver: John Elway reacts to deflate gateDenver Sun Times, May 13th
Every since the NFL released a report implicating Tom Brady deflated footballs to give him an advantage during games, the world has been buzzing and other NFL employees gave their opinions on the matter. Most recenty, the Denver Broncos Hall-of-Fame ...Read more
John Elway Supports Patriots Punishments: 'Integrity Of The Game Is No. 1?NESN.com, May 13th
Add John Elway to the list of pro football movers and shakers who have no problems with the discipline for Tom Brady. The Denver Broncos general manager has voiced his support for the NFL after it suspended Brady four games in addition to fining and ...Read more
John Elway, John Lynch react to #Deflategate punishment9NEWS.com, May 12th
"I'm sure it's not over yet but I concern myself with what the Broncos are doing," said Broncos' general manager John Elway. "I knew that Tom Brady was going to be playing in week 12 so other than that I wasn't too concerned about it." Elway joined...Read more
Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway Building for a Super Bowl ...Bleacher Report, May 5th
General manager John Elway has been running the show for the Broncos since 2011. During that time, the Broncos have won four AFC West titles and been to the Super Bowl once. Even though he's been incredibly successful running the Broncos, there is ...Read more
Sherrington: Elway a Cowboy? An offer was on the tableDallas Morning News, May 2nd
Tom Landry, Tex Schramm and Gil Brandt knew their value, which is why they wanted John Elway in 1983. And as an installment on ESPN's 30 for 30 reminded us a couple of years ago, Elway wanted the Cowboys. What Elway did not want to do was play for ...Read more
Shane Ray assures John Elway he won't “have any issues”NBCSports.com, April 30th
Ray said he has assured Broncos General Manager John Elway the arrest was an aberration. “I guaranteed Mr. Elway that I will not have any issues,” Ray said. “As I said before, I'm not a person who has character issues at all.” When a reporter asked Ray...Read more
Kiszla: Hey, John Elway: Here are your first three draft picksThe Denver Post, April 29th
But if the Broncos play it safe, then it goes against everything that made John Elway great. As a Hall of Fame quarterback, Elway made big plays. As an NFL executive unafraid to gamble, Elway instinctively understands that playmakers win championships...Read more