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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Tim Tebow's return: Does he have a real future with the Eagles?NFL.com, April 20th
the starting job with the Denver Broncos in 2011 -- having been deemed unprepared for the role in training camp -- by leading two second-half touchdown drives in a Week 5 loss to the Chargers, essentially forcing the hands of John Fox and John Elway...Read more
Top 15 games of 2015: Must-see matchups in the coming seasonNFL.com, April 20th
John Elway clearly didn't want John Fox back; the notion that Fox's departure from Denver represented a mutual parting of the ways is less believable than the idea, among longtime Bronco fans, that Elway parted the Red Sea. Lo and behold, we get to see ...Read more
Briefs: Gary Kubiak shows Broncos players clips of John ElwayThe Denver Post, April 13th
"I think that's what (general manager John) Elway wants. The focus is bringing a world championship to this city." As a bonus, the players saw Elway perform from his earlier life as Kubiak showed the key play for the winners of the past 20 Super Bowls...Read more
John Elway Completes Broncos Roster Makeover Before DraftPredominantly Orange, April 11th
As little desire as I or anyone else has to even mention this, the Denver Broncos and GM John Elway have done their darndest this offseason to at least address areas of need in some way or another. Whether we like it or not, Elway has found someone...Read more
Broncos resting Peyton Manning this season a bad ideaThe Coloradoan, March 30th
The new head coach said last week that the team will try to do for Manning what they did for John Elway late in his career, giving him mental and physical breaks during training camp, practices and even regular-season games. During those spells, they...Read more
Horse Tracks: Six degrees of John ElwayMile High Report (blog), March 30th
Floyd Little (1975 to 1967) - Like John Elway, what can you say about such an important player in Broncos history? Take a look at this article I did for MHR back in 2012 when I was lucky enough to interview him. Ladies and gentlemen, 'The Franchise.' ...Read more
John Fox isn't only coach to lose job after posting successful seasonThe Denver Post, March 28th
Fox and Broncos general manager John Elway had their differences, too, but for clarity, this coach wasn't necessarily fired. The Broncos announced it was a mutual parting of ways and that wasn't just organizational spin. Fox seemed to have the Bears...Read more
John Elway not concerned with Broncos' rosterThe Denver Post, March 22nd
John Elway, the Broncos' general manager and roster architect, is not concerned. "Gary Kubiak's one of the easiest guys to get along with," Elway said here Sunday from the NFL's annual owners' meetings as he walked through the vast property of the...Read more