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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How Peyton Manning is differentESPN, October 19th
Michael Rothstein. Peyton Manning, John Elway AP Photo/David Zalubowski Even Hall of Famer John Elway is in awe of Manning's ability to get the ball into the end zone. John Elway. Manning connection: Broncos executive vice president/general manager...Read more
Statue of Pat Bowlen 'the recognition he so deserved -- but never sought out'DenverBroncos.com (blog), October 18th
And at Saturday's unveiling, some of those key contributors were on hand: Pro Football Hall of Famers Gary Zimmerman, Floyd Little and John Elway, Ring of Famer and longtime Broncos staffer Billy Thompson, team executives, and Bowlen's friends and ...Read more
Gosselin: What Tony Romo, Cowboys can take from finish of John Elway's careerDallas Morning News, October 16th
A team coming off three consecutive 8-8 seasons, with a quarterback coming off back surgery and a last-ranked defense that entered the season without three of its top performers from the previous season. Who expected the Cowboys to be 5-1 after six ...Read more
John Elway backs NFL players to cope with London-based teamBBC News, October 13th
Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway has backed NFL players to cope with the demands of playing regularly in London should a team be based there. Teams who visit London for games currently staged at Wembley are given the following ...Read more
Did John Elway's Son Get Special Treatment In His Assault Case?Deadspin, October 3rd
Back in May, John Elway III was charged with assault and disturbing the peace after his girlfriend told police that he'd dragged her out of his car by her hair and pushed her to the ground when she tried to get back into the vehicle. At a hearing on...Read more
John Elway -- RAGING IN VEGAS ... During Broncos Bye WeekTMZ.com, September 29th
With the Denver Broncos off this weekend, John Elway decided to blow off some steam by jetting to Vegas to party with his wife ... and some little people ... TMZ Sports has learned. After spending some time in L.A., the Broncos' Vice President of...Read more
Tosches: For John Elway's son, penalty declinedThe Denver Post, September 26th
From The Post: "Jack Elway, son of Broncos executive vice president of operations and general manager John Elway, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from what police said was a violent fight with his girlfriend. The plea was made quietly, one...Read more
Broncos GM John Elway confident in team's position going into bye weekThe Denver Post, September 23rd
As John Elway sits behind his well-kept desktop, to his right are sliding glass doors to a walk-out balcony that overlooks the Broncos' practice field. With a swivel of his chair, Elway looked out Tuesday to watch the team he built tune up with a bye...Read more