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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If Elway Has To Choose A Thomas, Ed McCaffrey Says Keep Demaryius Over ...CBS Local, January 26th
DENVER (CBS4) – John Elway will face a different type of challenge this offseason. Instead of shopping for free agents that are available to make the Broncos better, he'll be focusing on the free agents of his own. Ed McCaffrey and Vic Lombardi on...Read more
Pennock: John Elway continues to win the NFL offseasonThe Coloradoan, January 24th
The biggest offseason concern for an NFL franchise is becoming irrelevant. Irrelevance bleeds apathy among fans. And an apathetic fan base is nothing more than a group of hopeless cynics. As a certified cynic myself, I can promise you that we're not...Read more
Elway 'never even thought about' deflating footballs9NEWS.com, January 22nd
"I never even thought about it," John Elway told USA TODAY Sports Wednesday afternoon. Elway, the Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-general manager of the Denver Broncos, played in all sorts of weather conditions in his 16-year NFL career and dismissed ...Read more
John Elway: The man with the golden gutFortune, January 22nd
Odd Country, this land of the middle-aged. One day you're threading 65-yard passes off your back foot, and the next you've crossed some unseen border, and hair's falling out or sprouting from strange places. That first colonoscopy, 54-year-old John...Read more
John Elway maintains high hopes for quarterback Brock OsweilerThe Denver Post, January 20th
"We're excited about Brock's progress," general manager John Elway said Tuesday. "He's been here for three years, and he's done everything that's been asked of him. He's been a tremendous student, he's worked his tail off — he's worked his tail off...Read more
Hochman: Can Gary Kubiak live up to John Elway's expectations?The Denver Post, January 20th
Or will his dear friend John Elway fire him? That's the reality, right? It was the smarmy sports agent Bob Sugar in "Jerry Maguire" who said: "It's not show friends. It's show business." The Elway-Kubiak friendship got the guy back in the building. Now...Read more
Kickin' it with Kiz: John Elway didn't get enough bang for his buckThe Denver Post, January 17th
Bad signs. It appears both Broncos coach John Fox and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio were on their way out the door, no matter which way the playoff game against Indianapolis went. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase and receiver Demaryius Thomas ...Read more
John Elway wants a title, hopefully with Peyton ManningYahoo Sports (blog), January 13th
John Elway didn't play scared, and he doesn't run the Denver Broncos scared either. We'll see if the Broncos general manager made the right move to part with coach John Fox, who was 46-18 in four regular seasons with Denver, and seemed to want out as ...Read more