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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Usher Performs, Peyton Manning Surprises at John Elway-Honored EventHollywood Reporter, October 8th
If you're going to have a fundraiser in Denver, you can't do better than having John Elway as honoree. On Oct 2, the Children's Diabetes Foundation honored the former Denver Broncos quarterback (and current general manager) and his wife, Paige, with...Read more
John Elway's 2014 spending spree paying off for Broncos247Sports, October 8th
That March, the Broncos signed three defensive players with a Pro Bowl on their resume — edge rusher DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib — and scooped up wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. All four of those players have started ...Read more
Jack Del Rio, John Elway weren't friends, strictly a business relationshipThe Denver Post, October 7th
Don't expect jolly laughs, dinner dates or roasted marshmallows around a camp fire reminiscing about the good old days between Broncos general manager John Elway and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio when the Broncos visit Oakland on Sunday. Del Rio ...Read more
John Elway: Defense has kept Broncos in every game247Sports, October 6th
For the first time since Peyton Manning signed in 2013, the Broncos are winning thanks to their defense. Sunday's victory was the fourth time in as many games the defense has forced a critical turnover in the game's final minutes. In the season-opener...Read more
John and Paige Elway to be honored for philanthropyDenverBroncos.com (blog), October 1st
DENVER — Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and his wife, Paige, will be honored with the High Hopes Tribute Award for their philanthropic efforts at the 29th Annual Carousel Ball on Friday at 6 ...Read more
John Elway Thinks Matthew Stafford Will Be 'One Of The Top Quarterbacks In The ...CBS Local, September 30th
After the Lions 24-12 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday night, Jeff Riger caught up with Broncos legend and the team's GM John Elway after the game. Riger asked Elway for his thoughts on the Lions QB Matthew Stafford. “Well, I think he's a great young ...Read more
The Bronco BlueprintMonday Morning Quarterback, September 30th
Then you start looking into it, and you say, “My gosh, John Elway's a pretty good architect.” Think of times in football history when a great player transitioned to the front office. How many have really worked out? Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore, to be...Read more
Not even John Elway could keep the Pirates from clinching a postseason berthMLB.com, September 23rd
With a win on Wednesday night, the Pirates could clinch their third postseason berth in a row. The Rockies, who were hosting the Buccos and already eliminated from postseason contention, could play spoiler by ensuring that did not happen. So, they...Read more