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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An NBA Commercial About Sports HeroesBabble, May 20th
Those two sports figures were always elevated figures that I looked up to. Neither ever rose to the level of John Elway in my mind, however, but they were the two sports figures that fell right behind John Elway. I looked up to John Stockton and Karl...Read more
Broncos rookie running back Montee Ball reminds John Elway of Terrell DavisFox News, May 10th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Whether known as Mon-TAY or Mon-TEE, running back Montee Ball made quite a name for himself during his record-setting career at Wisconsin. Apparently he's got some work to do to become a household name in the NFL, though...Read more
When John Elway sees Montee Ball, he thinks of Terrell DavisNBCSports.com, May 7th
When Broncos V.P. John Elway was Broncos QB John Elway, the team's greatest success came at the end of his career, when he had one of the NFL's best running backs, Terrell Davis, to carry a large part of the load. Now Elway hopes the running back he...Read more
John Elway's Success – On The field , As a Football Executive , and Even in ...Predominantly Orange, May 5th
Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Any Broncos fan, even if you were...Read more
Badgers football: Montee Ball's long wait ends with call from John Elway77Square.com, April 27th
In his phone call to Ball, John Elway told him, "We were biting our fingernails for about three hours." Elway is the Broncos' executive vice president of football operations and the one responsible for making the final decision on the team's draft...Read more
Who is unsung hero of John Elway's brilliant career with Broncos?Denver Post (blog), April 24th
Without the arrival of running back Terrell Davis to carry the rock, John Elway might never have won a Super Bowl with the Broncos. But without another man, Elway might never have played a down of football in Denver. Do you know of the unsung hero?...Read more
RTC: Elway was nearly an OilerESPN (blog), April 24th
The John Elway-Dan Marino "30 for 30" special prompted McClain to retell the story of how the Houston Oilers missed out on drafting Elway only because of one blown call. To which I say: I once did the story for The Tennessean, and it featured a big...Read more
Now Almost Batting for the Yankees ... John ElwayGrantland (blog), April 23rd
In 1983, John Elway was on his way to being the first pick in the NFL draft. However, the Baltimore Colts had that pick, and Elway had zero interest in playing there to the point that he would announce he was instead going to play for the New York Yankees...Read more