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: Demaryius Thomas capable of breaking NFL records in this offenseThe Denver Post (blog), July 31st
Broncos general manager John Elway wasn't willing to rule out the possibility of Thomas reaching his goals. “You always have lofty goals, and the bottom line is with Demaryius, he has that ability to be able to do that,” Elway said Thursday. “I like...Read more
the best-ever NFL player from StanfordRule Of Tree, July 21st
Super Bowl MVP award in his final season, when the Broncos stomped the Falcons 34-19. Elway became the second-oldest player ever to win the Super Bowl MVP. Stanford can lay claim to one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history thanks to John Elway...Read more
The Squeeze: Elway, Paul George and fishingDenverBroncos.com (blog), July 19th
The Broncos' Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager, John Elway, broke out his clubs and participated in the American Century Championship at Edgewood Tahoe South. Elway rubbed shoulders with other celebrities in the ...Read more
Broncos Roster: John Elway building team's future out widePredominantly Orange, July 19th
John Elway's first year as a member of the Denver Broncos front office gave him the best possible glimpse into the future of his team as he could have asked for. Though it probably wasn't as obvious as he might have thought. Elway had used the 2nd...Read more
John Elway talks investing in athletes and autosCNBC, July 16th
Denver Broncos GM and Executive Vice President John Elway may have just wrapped up signing key wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a five-year, $70 million contract, but it's not the only big deal he's celebrating. Elway discussed his latest investment...Read more
Report: Stephen Jones told Dez Bryant he talked to John Elway about contractLarry Brown Sports, July 13th
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas are going through virtually identical situations with their respective teams, though one seems to be a little more quiet than the other. However, one of the things...Read more
Copy the text below to embed:The Denver Post, July 13th
You know, to my knowledge, there hasn't been one bit of grousing by Peyton Manning about the moves John Elway has made. Where has Peyton shown an iota of discontent? I think Peyton and John should be esteemed by the faith they have in each other...Read more
Broncos GM John Elway still has high hopes for '14 draft class247Sports, July 13th
Only one -- corner Bradley Roby -- made major contributions as a rookie in 2014, leaving some questions about about the quality of the draft class. It's far too early to consider that for general manager John Elway, though. "We like that group," Elway...Read more