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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VIDEO: Allen QB Mitchell Jonke is channeling John Elway on red zone scramblesUSA TODAY High School Sports, November 24th
In fact, two in the playoffs in particular have channeled one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history: Denver Broncos QB John Elway's helicopter-twirled leap into the end zone against the Packers. The video you see above comes from Allen's...Read more
Esiason: Would Kubiak And Elway 'Have The Stones' To Keep Manning On The Bench?CBS Local, November 23rd
“It really would be interesting if Osweiler continues to play the way that he did yesterday over the next two or three weeks, and let's say they somehow win these next few games and he has really good, solid numbers … would Gary Kubiak and John Elway ...Read more
Broncos GM John Elway refutes QB trade talkLongmont Times-Call, November 22nd
CHICAGO — Broncos general manager John Elway refuted an NFL Network report that he shopped quarterback Brock Osweiler last season for a sixth-round draft pick. He called the report "not true," when it surfaced an hour before Osweiler's starting debut...Read more
Put on your tinfoil hats, Broncos Country, here come the John Elway conspiracy ...BSN Denver (press release) (registration) (blog), November 20th
I'm not saying there's proof it happened, but there's no explanation for it that suits my argument so I'm running with it. Elway, apparently, doesn't want to win and sabotaged Manning from the word go. He fired John Fox, hired Gary Kubiak knowing they...Read more
John Fox, John Elway divorce was not amicable—reportChicago Sun-Times, November 18th
John Fox and John Elway, with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, were all smiles when Fox was hired in 2011. | AP. When an NFL coach wins four consecutive division titles, he's usually looking to receive a raise, not a pink slip. Such was the case in Denver...Read more
John Fox, John Elway reunite for Broncos-Bears game after years of tensionUSA TODAY, November 17th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The football divorce of Denver Broncos general manager John Elway and coach John Fox was perhaps the most stunning move of the offseason, given it came after Fox led the Broncos to a fourth consecutive AFC West title and less ...Read more
Brock Osweiler and John Elway's son were friends in collegeChicago Sun-Times, November 17th
For a while there, it looked like Jack Elway might follow in his dad's footsteps. The high school star from Colorado enrolled at Arizona State, ready to take aim at John Elway's passing legacy. But Jack quickly realized football wasn't for him, and the...Read more
Bell: Even after landing Vernon Davis, Broncos' John Elway may not be done dealingUSA TODAY, November 2nd
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Maybe John Elway isn't done yet. The architect of the Denver Broncos added a new weapon for his suddenly prolific offense Monday afternoon, acquiring former Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis from the San Francisco 49ers. But with ...Read more