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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Elway Talks Short Week for BroncosDenverBroncos.com (blog), December 10th
As the Broncos prepare to play again in a shortened week, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway sat down with Chris Hall of Broncos TV to talk about the state of the team as they prepare to play another AFC-West rival in the...Read more
WATCH: Josh McCown does his best John Elway for Bears TDComcast SportsNet Chicago, December 9th
John Elway's "helicopter" touchdown run in Super Bowl XXXII is one of the more iconic moments in NFL history. Josh McCown, though unintentional, paid tribute to the run Monday night with a spin-o-rama TD rush of his own. In the first half of Monday...Read more
Painful reminder wears No. 18 in orangeColorado Springs Gazette, December 4th
At their owner's bidding, they wooed the four-time NFL MVP hard with a Hall of Fame offensive lineman as head coach leading the way only to lose out to Denver and another Hall of Famer in John Elway. Coach Mike Munchak recalls the chase as exciting ...Read more
Like Broncos great John Elway, NY Jets rookie QB Geno Smith needs to be ...New York Daily News, November 25th
It once worked for John Elway and although the situations are different — Elway is more talented and the Broncos had veteran backup Steve DeBerg, not Matt Simms the concept is the same: When a rookie quarterback is regressing, he needs a timeout and a ...Read more
Elway Talks Manning-Brady XIVDenverBroncos.com (blog), November 19th
“I think the main reason to get amped is because of the fact that you know you have to play well because of the quarterback on the other side is a real good player,” Executive Vice Preside of Football Operations John Elway said Tuesday. “I think that...Read more
Lindsey Vonn, Tiger Woods chat with John Elway before Chiefs-BroncosNBCSports.com, November 17th
The Olympic downhill champion and the 14-time major champion were seen chatting with two-time Super Bowl winner John Elway on a Sports Authority Field at Mile High sideline before the Chiefs-Broncos game Sunday night. Vonn is a noted Broncos fan...Read more
Elway Talks Chiefs MatchupDenverBroncos.com (blog), November 14th
Now one game removed from the bye week and Head Coach John Fox's surgery, Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway sat down with Chris Hall of Broncos TV to talk about the state of the team as they prepare to play the undefeated ...Read more
Elway vs. Montana: A Game for the Ages (1994)Mile High Report (blog), November 12th
The Monday Night Football showdown between Joe Montana and John Elway was likely one of those moments for many Chiefs fans now in their late 20's or early 30's. Several years earlier, I had my moment with The Drive, but by the time this game came ...Read more