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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Denver Broncos: 10 Best NFL Draft Picks in John Elway's Exec Era
Bleacher Report, April 18th

Best known for leading his team to victory on the field, John Elway spent the past three years helping build the team he now leads off the field through the NFL draft. Serving as the Denver Broncos' executive vice president of football operations since...Read more

The Second Act of Elway
Sports On Earth, April 17th

In the three years John Elway has been in charge, the Broncos have a .708 winning percentage and have made a Super Bowl appearance and three playoff appearances. What's more, he has operated with the kind of panache you would expect from the ...Read more

John Elway admits to skipping NFL combines as a prospect to hide his bad knee
SI.com, April 15th

Luckily for the Denver Broncos, they lived in a different age when John Elway was coming out of Stanford, or else they might have made a big blunder by passing up on him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1983 draft. As it turns out, back in Elway's...Read more

John Elway Was a 1980s Fashion Hero
The Big Lead, April 13th

Feast your eyes upon a young John Elway looking like an absolute boss at the airport. The look really holds up. [Reddit]. RELATED: Bob Knight's 1980s Golf Show Had Some Divine Outakes [Video]. RELATED: Pete Rose is Now Being Dressed By a 1980s ...Read more

Broncos' Fox gets new 3-year deal
Chicago Tribune, April 5th

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with John Fox, who has played a key role in the success and improvement of the Broncos during the last three seasons,” executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said in a statement...Read more

KLEE: John Elway shaping Broncos with 'absolute confidence'
Colorado Springs Gazette, March 28th

2, 2014 file photo, Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway watches during warmups before the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Broncos have extented Elway's contract for ...Read more

John Elway: "I hate to hear about" Jim Kelly's cancer
Denver Post, March 26th

ORLANDO, Fla. — John Elway was in Vail a couple of weeks ago when he ran into his 1983 quarterback classmate Jim Kelly. Kelly confided to his friend that his head was hurting. The cause of that pain has since been discovered: Kelly's oral cancer has ...Read more

John Elway: Jim Kelly "represents toughness"
BuffaloBills.com, March 24th

But the recent health setback to Bills Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly is on the minds of many in the hallways and lobbies of the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. Kelly's had a long standing relationship with Hall of Fame QB John Elway. They were both part of the...Read more