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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It's official: Broncos release Champ BaileyThe Denver Channel, March 6th
"This was a difficult decision for our team with everything that Champ Bailey has meant to the Denver Broncos and this community over the last 10 years," Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway was quoted on the ...Read more
Elway looks to repeat history in offseasonESPN (blog), February 28th
When Mike Shanahan was hired by the Denver Broncos in 1995, he inherited a future Hall of Famer at quarterback in John Elway. Shanahan proceeded to help turn the Canton-bound Elway into a champion by constructing an offense that asked Elway to do ...Read more
Denver Broncos' John Elway: Von Miller 'has grown up'NFL.com, February 25th
Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway said at the NFL Scouting Combine that Miller's trying season served as something of a wake-up call. "I think that (Miller) has grown up a lot," Elway said, according to the Broncos...Read more
John Elway on Johnny Manziel: 'He's a great little player'Los Angeles Times, February 22nd
John Elway apologized and said he didn't mean it, but when he opined Friday that Johnny Manziel "is a great little player," the size issue came to the forefront again at the NFL draft combine. The Hall of Fame quarterback and Denver Broncos executive...Read more
John Elway has busy week aheadESPN, February 21st
INDIANAPOLIS -- Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway has a pretty full day planner in the coming days. As the Broncos try to turn the page on their 43-8 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl...Read more
5 Draft-Day Trades John Elway Should Be ExploringBleacher Report, February 20th
However, there is another thing every team is considering right now—trades. General manager John Elway has made over 600 transactions since he was hired as an executive in early 2011. He has made some trades during that period, most notably when he ...Read more
Broncos extend John Elway's dealESPN, February 12th
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen hired John Elway to return the team to prominence, and now he and team president Joe Ellis have formally extended the executive vice president's contract and added general manager to his title to try to keep the team ...Read more
John Elway says he applauds Michael SamESPN (blog), February 10th
John Elway was a Hall of Fame quarterback as a player and now is charged by Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to build the team's roster as an executive. So, Elway knows what goes on in an NFL locker room as well as the decisions that are made to put ...Read more