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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John Elway again rules the NFL, this time as executiveColorado Springs Gazette, February 7th
John Elway has always been ambitious. He's seldom satisfied. He the type who wants more. A few minutes after his Broncos toppled the favored Panthers, Elway revealed his plan for the near future. "We're going to keep coming back," he said, "and...Read more
John Elway dedicates Super Bowl win to Broncos owner Pat BowlenSports Illustrated, February 7th
John Elway dedicated Denver's victory in Super Bowl 50 to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen after the game. Elway has worked for the Broncos franchise for nearly 20 years, either as a player or in the front office. Bowlen took over the team in 1984, Elway's...Read more
Comparison: John Elway's final game vs. Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50Sports Illustrated, February 7th
It remains unclear whether Peyton Manning will retire after leading the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 victory over the Panthers. But if he does, his exit will be similar to that of another former Broncos quarterback: John Elway. Elway, now Denver's...Read more
John Elway Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to KnowHeavy.com, February 7th
John Elway was one of the best quarterbacks to play the game. And he was paid like it. The former Denver Broncos star remains one of the best-paid football players of all time, but even after his Hall of Fame career wrapped up, Elway has found a way to...Read more
7 questions for Denver Broncos former quarterback, now general manager, John ...The Denver Channel, February 7th
SAN FRANCISCO - Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is going to the Super Bowl for the seventh time this Sunday. He went five times as a player and this is his second time as an executive. Talking to Denver7, Elway said he is proud of the team ...Read more
Has John Elway become the best executive in football?CBSSports.com, February 6th
Our 'Super Bowl Live' analysts discuss whether John Elway is the best executive in the NFL. Watch your Team Videos ?. Please log in or register to view your favorite teams video. Watch our Partner Videos ?. Video Channels. Most Popular Today...Read more
Purdy: John Elway's memories of his dad, JackSan Jose Mercury News, February 6th
SAN JOSE -- John Elway was back on familiar ground Monday at SAP Center for the costumed-mammal and silly-question circus that is now known as Super Bowl Opening Night. With paid admission! Yet as the crowd filed into the building, few stopped to ...Read more
John Elway built a monster D out of a monster tramplingABC News, February 6th
As a quarterback, he had the Denver Broncos in the playoffs by his second season and in the Super Bowl by his fourth. It took him only three years to get to the Super Bowl with the Broncos as the vice president of football operations. Elway attacks...Read more