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's tenure through a series of Braveheart clipsMile High Report (blog), April 20th
John Elway has had his fair share of ups and downs with the Denver Broncos since he took the reigns in 2011 and I am fairly certain I can sum his three plus year stint in Denver as Vice President of Football Operations pretty well through William...Read more
Denver Broncos: 10 Best NFL Draft Picks in John Elway's Exec EraBleacher Report, April 18th
Best known for leading his team to victory on the field, John Elway spent the past three years helping build the team he now leads off the field through the NFL draft. Serving as the Denver Broncos' executive vice president of football operations since...Read more
The Second Act of ElwaySports On Earth, April 17th
In the three years John Elway has been in charge, the Broncos have a .708 winning percentage and have made a Super Bowl appearance and three playoff appearances. What's more, he has operated with the kind of panache you would expect from the ...Read more
John Elway admits to skipping NFL combines as a prospect to hide his bad kneeSI.com, April 15th
Luckily for the Denver Broncos, they lived in a different age when John Elway was coming out of Stanford, or else they might have made a big blunder by passing up on him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1983 draft. As it turns out, back in Elway's...Read more
John Elway Was a 1980s Fashion HeroThe Big Lead, April 13th
Feast your eyes upon a young John Elway looking like an absolute boss at the airport. The look really holds up. [Reddit]. RELATED: Bob Knight's 1980s Golf Show Had Some Divine Outakes [Video]. RELATED: Pete Rose is Now Being Dressed By a 1980s ...Read more
Denver Broncos (& John Elway) Chasing Lombardi Now!Predominantly Orange, March 31st
Last week, Mike Klis of The Denver Post, interviewed John Elway at the annual NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Florida and one of the topics discussed was the offseason moves orchestrated by the Denver Bronco executive. Elway, General Manager and ...Read more
KLEE: John Elway shaping Broncos with 'absolute confidence'Colorado Springs Gazette, March 28th
2, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway watches during warmups before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Broncos have extented Elway's contract for ...Read more
John Elway: Jim Kelly "represents toughness"BuffaloBills.com, March 24th
But the recent health setback to Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is on the minds of many in the hallways and lobbies of the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. Kelly's had a long standing relationship with Hall of Fame QB John Elway. They were both part of the...Read more