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 thanks Broncos' front office, scouts after NFL draft247Sports, May 2nd
Once the draft ended on Saturday, GM John Elway took a minute to recognize the work of all those people, including director of player personnel Matt Russell, director of pro personnel Tom Heckert, assistant director of pro personnel A.J. Durso and...Read more
John Elway Gets His Quarterback Without OverpayingCBS Local, May 2nd
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – John Elway leaned against a wall outside the team meeting room adorned with images from the Denver Broncos' Super Bowl season and declared, “The plan is to keep picking at the bottom of the round – and there is no Plan B!”...Read more
Denver Broncos: John Elway Sees Franchise Quarterback in Paxton LynchBleacher Report, May 2nd
General manager John Elway was able to send the team's first-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks to move up to the 26th-overall pick. With the trade done, it was no surprise the Broncos selected Lynch at that spot. The team...Read more
John Elway, others react to Broncos drafting safety Will Parks247Sports, April 30th
The Broncos added Arizona safety Will Parks in the sixth round, with the 219th overall pick. Parks is a quick, physical player who will add depth at a position where this team needs it. Here's what Elway and others said about the selection. Start...Read more
John Elway says Devontae Booker was one of the highest-rated running backs on ...Mile High Sports, April 30th
With their first pick in Day 3 of the NFL draft, the Denver Broncos selected running back Devontae Booker of Utah. Even though Booker was taken in Round 4, he was ranked near the top of the Broncos draft board, according to John Elway...Read more
NFL draft: John Elway bluffing Kapernick, 49ers? and Myles Jack falling!OregonLive.com, April 29th
Sports Illustrated's senior NFL writer Greg Bedard joined the radio show (12-3p on 750-AM and 102.9-FM) to talk about the winners/losers of day one of the NFL draft. Listen to the full interview here. Said Bedard: "In four or five years people are...Read more
When John Elway was drafted ahead of Tony GwynnESPN (blog), April 28th
With the last pick of the second round in the 1981 draft, the New York Yankees selected Stanford outfielder John Elway and gave him a $140,000 bonus -- more than No. 1 overall pick Mike Moore received that year. Six picks later, the San Diego Padres ...Read more
John Elway looks to keep success rolling in 2016 NFL draftThe Denver Post, April 27th
There have been cross-country flights, thousands of hours of college tape, sunrise-to-sunset days with healthy, debate-filled meetings all in preparation for three days at the end of April. Broncos general manager John Elway and his team of scouts and ...Read more