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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Report: John Elway is just getting started with preseason tradesFOXSports.com, August 31st
The Broncos general manager just shipped tackle Chris Clark to Houston. According to CBS 4's Vic Lombardi, more moves could be on the way. Confirmed. More trades possible this week. https://t.co/h84lsWY1mu. — Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) August 31, ...Read more
Five things we learned from John Elway's Q&ADenverBroncos.com (blog), August 28th
DENVER – Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway sat down with Colorado sports talk legend Les Shapiro to talk football and his career at the JCC Sports Hall of Fame Breakfast on Thursday morning...Read more
John Elway speaks highly of Colin Kaepernick: 'I've always liked him'FOXSports.com, August 28th
After the 49ers and Broncos joined together for two practices, Elway had nothing but positive things to say about Kaepernick. “I've always liked Colin,” Elway said, via the 49ers team site. ”I think he's very athletic, and he's a guy that can make a...Read more
John Elway: Broncos' new offense still 'work in progress,' but optimisticESPN (blog), August 28th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With a pile of touchdowns in their wake to go with more than their share of playoff disappointment over the past three years, John Elway conceded this week there might be some growing pains in the Denver Broncos' offense early in...Read more
Hall of Fame QB John Elway: 'I've Always Liked Colin Kaepernick'49ers.com, August 27th
DENVER -- If there's a man who knows a thing or two about good quarterback play, it's John Elway. The Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president of football operations met with the media on Thursday following the final joint practice ...Read more
Kiszla: John Elway repays Peyton Manning by signing Evan MathisThe Denver Post, August 25th
Maybe John Elway isn't such a cold-hearted NFL executive after all. It took nearly six months, but Elway properly repaid his Hall of Fame quarterback for giving back $4 million in salary with the blockbuster signing on Tuesday of free-agent Evan Mathis...Read more
John Elway might've struck gold again with Darius KilgoFOXSports.com, August 24th
Darius Kilgo figured to be a developmental flier when the Broncos grabbed him in the sixth round. He's soon become another example of general manager John Elway's brilliance. The Maryland product has tallied two sacks and eaten up blocks like a 10-year ...Read more
The Squeeze: John Elway, Shannon Sharpe and jeansDenverBroncos.com (blog), August 22nd
1. Elway to Sharpe – one of the most prolific combinations. The Associated Press broke down some of the most prolific quarterback and tight end duos in NFL History. Former quarterback John Elway and tight end Shannon Sharpe were included in that list...Read more