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 wishes he had had rivalry like Manning-BradyBoston Globe, October 30th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — John Elway is jealous of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. Sure, Elway has done OK for himself. He has won two Super Bowls, created a small business empire in the Rocky Mountain states, and is the chief football executive of the 6-1 ...Read more
Peyton Manning, John Elway, John Fox, and Joe Ellis statements on Champ ...Mile High Report (blog), October 28th
For fans, by fans, since 2006. Get the latest Denver Broncos news from Mile High Report! Follow Mile High Report on Twitter. Like Mile High Report Facebook. Here are statements from the men currently in charge of the Denver Broncos on Champ Bailey's ...Read more
Injuries inflicted by Jack Elway, son of Denver Broncos' John, revealedDaily Mail, October 27th
Shocking new pictures reveal the horrifying injuries that the son of legendary former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway allegedly inflicted on his ex-girlfriend. Prosecutors dropped assault charges against Jack Elway and allowed the 25-year-old to ...Read more
John Elway's Son -- Photos of GF's Brutal Injuries ... After Domestic Violence ...TMZ.com, October 26th
Jack Elway's ex-girlfriend says she's still traumatized from the violent attack she suffered at the hands of the former college QB ... claiming it was so brutal, she's still in therapy in an effort to move on. As we previously reported, John Elway's...Read more
John Elway's design benefiting Peyton Manning, Denver BroncosNFL.com, October 24th
The Denver Broncos appreciate everything they've gotten from Peyton Manning over the last three years. That said, John Elway and Co. have done all they can in the 32 months since signing the icon to build a team capable of winning without him. Confused?...Read more
Released Bronco John Boyett to cops: 'Contact my boss John Elway'FOX31 Denver, October 23rd
intoxicated Boyett headbutted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site, tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, rammed his head into a patrol car window and told his arresting officers to “contact my boss...Read more
John Elway backs Cory Gardner in Colorado as progressives target Denver ...Washington Times, October 23rd
John Elway, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operation smiles as he talks to the media during a news conference Wednesday, July 23, 2014, at the team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) **FILE** more >...Read more
Did John Elway's Son Get Special Treatment In His Assault Case?Deadspin, October 3rd
Back in May, John Elway III was charged with assault and disturbing the peace after his girlfriend told police that he'd dragged her out of his car by her hair and pushed her to the ground when she tried to get back into the vehicle. At a hearing on...Read more