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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On 'Hard Knocks,' John Elway says he's 'trying to move one or two' inside ...The Denver Post (blog), September 1st
On Episode 4 of HBO's “Hard Knocks,” which aired Tuesday, Broncos general manager John Elway was on speaker phone with Rick Smith as the Texans' GM was driving to NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday. The two hashed out the details of the trade ...Read more
John Elway gets his band back together for a Broncos reunion tourColorado Springs Gazette, September 1st
All those accomplishments failed to satisfy Broncos godfather John Elway, who pushed Fox out the door. The Broncos will be chasing NFL supremacy with what amounts to a reunited band. You know what we're talking about: One of those collections of aging ...Read more
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
Broncos' Kubiak, Elway 'fortunate' to have tough roster choices247Sports, August 28th
In a few days, the Broncos coaching staff and general manager John Elway will have to find a way to cut the current 90-man roster down to 75 players. That's never a fun task for anyone in charge of personnel decisions, but it figures to be particularly...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's reign as King of NFL free agency may not last foreverBSN Denver (press release) (registration) (blog), August 27th
The Duke of Denver made another big free agency splash this week signing guard Evan Mathis. John Elway showed the world once again that he is second to none when it comes to adding impact players via free agency. It's really no surprise, who wouldn't ...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