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 not concerned with Broncos' rosterThe Denver Post, March 22nd
How will quarterback Peyton Manning mesh with the offensive system taught by coach Gary Kubiak and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison? Manning is an immobile, shotgun positioned, line-of-scrimmage operating passer. Soon to be the indisputable ...Read more
John Elway: Broncos don't draft All-Pros, we develop themSportsGlory, March 18th
Broncos' executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway believes the team will get four compensatory picks next week when the NFL officially hands them out. The team already has six picks, one pick each in the first, second...Read more
Broncos' John Elway getting used to high salary capNFL.com, March 16th
During John Elway's final season with the Broncos, the league's salary cap was $52.388 million. Ten years after he retired, it was only $116 million. And now, just five years after he's joined Denver's front office, the cap has risen from $120 million...Read more
John Elway: 'We've got to develop those young guys' on the offensive lineDenverBroncos.com (blog), March 11th
But if you're Executive Vice President/General Manager John Elway, you see young reserves Ben Garland , Matt Paradis and Michael Schofield as three players ready for their chance. "As I've said, we don't draft All-Pros, hopefully we develop them...Read more
John Elway on Peyton Manning, free agency and Broncos movesESPN (blog), March 11th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – With the contracts for tight end Virgil Green and tight end Owen Daniels signed, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway spent a few moments Wednesday to outline the team's plan ...Read more
Broncos free agency: John Elway says Denver is still trying to re-sign Mitch ...Mile High Report (blog), March 11th
Broncos general manager John Elway said Wednesday that they are trying to re-sign the versatile defensive lineman. Elway said team is still trying to re-sign DT Mitch Unrein. — Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) March 11, 2015. Unrein played defensive...Read more
John Elway follows through on pledge, hires Broncos' first director of analyticsESPN (blog), March 6th
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – As the 2014 season drew to a close, Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway said the team was poised to dig into the idea of analytics -- the use of advanced statistics -- as part of...Read more
Jones: John Elway has plenty to consider entering Broncos' free agencyUSA TODAY, February 27th
In the four years since John Elway took over the Denver Broncos front office, he's earned the title King of March. As general manager, Elway has attacked free agency much in the same manner he did an opposing defense when he was a player: He's fearless...Read more