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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Kickin' it with Kiz: John Elway has a free pass from life on hot seat
The Denver Post, February 28th

Guts check. I guarantee you 71-year-old Joe Namath could have done better in an NFL playoff game than Peyton Manning did in the Broncos' loss to the Colts. John Elway created this monster by begging Manning to sign a contract worth almost $100 million...Read more

How will John Elway Attack the Offseason?
Predominantly Orange, February 25th

To climb into his mind to have an honest look at his thoughts for the Denver Broncos' roster and how he plans to shape it? At this point I would guess most of Broncos Country and the media would give up just about anything to have that bit of info. As...Read more

John Elway attended combine as player — or did he?
The Denver Post (blog), February 22nd

Broncos general manager John Elway admits the NFL combine is a much bigger deal than when he entered the draft. He didn't attend a regional combine, but was darn close. (John Leyba, Denver Post file). INDIANAPOLIS — Nothing creates buzz at the NFL ...Read more

John Elway: We'll tag Demaryius Thomas if no deal by deadline, February 19th

General Manager John Elway said at the combine Thursday, via Lindsay Jones of USA Today, that the team will either sign Demaryius Thomas to a long-term contract by the March 2 deadline to use the franchise tag or they will use the tag on him to ensure ...Read more

John Elway: Bears' Adam Gase will be a head coach soon
Chicago Sun-Times, February 19th

John Elway: Bears' Adam Gase will be a head coach soon. Posted: 02/19/2015, 01:51pm | Patrick Finley. Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase will be a good head coach one day, Broncos GM John Elway said Thursday. INDIANAPOLIS — Bears offensive ...Read more

Report: Peyton Manning meets with John Elway in Denver, February 12th

H.S. Athlete of the Month. Leaders on the field, in the classroom and in communities. Will Mariota be able to prove that he's more than just... Report: Peyton Manning meets with John Elway in Denver ...Read more

Denver Broncos RUMORS: Peyton Manning -- Elway Doesn't Want QB Back?
Headlines & Global News, February 10th

"It's fantastic that Peyton Manning is doing all these things intending to play but ultimately the final decision about whether he plays in Denver next season is up to the Broncos and up to John Elway because Peyton is going to have to take a physical...Read more

Chris Simms Says John Elway Better Than Tom Brady
CBS Local, February 3rd

“To me, I'd probably pick John Elway. John Elway went to five Super Bowls. He's kind of a victim of his own greatness, to a degree. In three of those Super Bowls, I think he's the only quarterback in football that could have brought those Denver Bronco...Read more