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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Kickin' it with Kiz: Broncos' John Elway should just pick the players
The Denver Post, April 25th

Money talks. That was a great column on Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas' absence from offseason workouts during his contract dispute. Front-office exec John Elway needs to learn to check his ego at the door. He's not playing any longer and will be...Read more

John Elway doesn't understand Demaryius Thomas' absence
Today's Pigskin (blog), April 23rd

Broncos general manager John Elway does not see the value in Thomas skipping the team's workouts. “To be dead honest with you, I see absolutely zero value with him being away from here,” Elway told reporters. “Him being away from here there is zero ...Read more

John Elway says Demaryius Thomas skipping workouts 'makes no sense'
SI.com, April 23rd

H.S. Athlete of the Month. Leaders on the field, in the classroom and in communities. Eli Manning on contract extension: 'I haven't made a bi... John Elway says Demaryius Thomas skipping workouts 'makes no sense' ...Read more

NFL RUMORS: Tim Tebow Sabotaged By Jews, John Elway A Freemason ...
Headlines & Global News, April 22nd

The notion that John Elway is a Freemason gets us here at HNGN every time. Evan Mathis is, of course, one of the current starting guards for Tebow's newest team, the Philadelphia Eagles. There has been ample media blathering concerning Eagles head ...Read more

John Elway breaks down the Broncos' 2015 schedule
DenverBroncos.com (blog), April 21st

Every schedule comes with its own ups and downs, but John Elway sees some big positives with the Broncos' 2015 schedule, which was released on Tuesday. From opening the season at home to a later bye week to closing the season on a homestand, the ...Read more

Briefs: Gary Kubiak shows Broncos players clips of John Elway
The Denver Post, April 13th

"I think that's what (general manager John) Elway wants. The focus is bringing a world championship to this city." As a bonus, the players saw Elway perform from his earlier life as Kubiak showed the key play for the winners of the past 20 Super Bowls...Read more

Broncos resting Peyton Manning this season a bad idea
The Coloradoan, March 30th

The new head coach said last week that the team will try to do for Manning what they did for John Elway late in his career, giving him mental and physical breaks during training camp, practices and even regular-season games. During those spells, they...Read more

Horse Tracks: Six degrees of John Elway
Mile High Report (blog), March 30th

Floyd Little (1975 to 1967) - Like John Elway, what can you say about such an important player in Broncos history? Take a look at this article I did for MHR back in 2012 when I was lucky enough to interview him. Ladies and gentlemen, 'The Franchise.' ...Read more