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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Emotional John Elway on Pat Bowlen resignation: Broncos "will never be the ...CBS News, July 24th
Professional football stars rarely show any vulnerability or raw emotion, but John Elway did just that after Pat Bowlen announced his resignation as Denver Broncos owner. It was a sign of how much Bowlen means not only to Elway, but to the rest of the...Read more
Video: Pat Bowlen and John Elway's RelationshipKRDO, July 23rd
Community Calendar · CO State Parks Info · CO Ski Resorts · Entertainment · On The Red Carpet · Real Estate Essentials · Home; / News. Video: Pat Bowlen and John Elway's Relationship. POSTED: 06:00 PM MDT Jul 23, 2014 UPDATED: 09:44 AM MDT Jul ...Read more
John Elway cries talking about Broncos owner Pat BowlenYahoo Sports (blog), July 23rd
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – John Elway sat down to talk about Pat Bowlen, and after a few opening words there was silence. Elway looked down, trying to compose himself. After a long pause he finally exhaled loudly. It never got easier. On Wednesday the ...Read more
â??Emotional John Elway cries while discussing Broncos ownerZanesville Times Recorder, July 23rd
John Elway, left, stands with Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen during the celebration after the 2013 AFC championship playoff football game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. / Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports...Read more
John Elway: TE Julius Thomas not at the level of Jimmy GrahamCBSSports.com, July 16th
If Broncos tight end Julius Thomas thought Jimmy Graham's new four-year, $40 million contract was going to pave the way for him to get something similar, general manager John Elway provided a cold dash of perspective on Wednesday. Talking to USA ...Read more
Broncos' John Elway and John Fox to compete in American Century golf ...The Denver Post (blog), July 16th
Broncos training camp is just a week away, but GM John Elway, coach John Fox and punter Britton Colquitt are gearing up for a different kind of competition – on the golf course. The Denver trio is set to play in the American Century golf tournament in...Read more
The General Manager, John Elway; "Winning From Now On"!Mile High Report (blog), July 11th
For Mile High Report's Sportsperson of the Year, I want to join KoloradoKaos, AZDynamics and WillyBFree2Bronc in nominating John Elway for his work as General Manager of these Denver Broncos. As a player, John needs no introduction, as his reputation ...Read more
Broncos' top plays: Elway to SharpeESPN (blog), July 8th
On Monday, we featured Tom Jackson's 73-yard interception return for a touchdown in 1977 to power the Broncos to their first Super Bowl trip and tomorrow we'll feature Hall of Famer John Elway's scramble in Super Bowl XXXII, known simply as the ...Read more