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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Saints' Drew Brees Passes John Elway for 4th on All-Time Passing Yards ListBleacher Report, September 15th
Brees now has 51,651 career passing yards, putting him 176 ahead of Elway, who threw for each of his 51,475 yards as a member of the Denver Broncos. Sitting ahead of Brees are Brett Favre (71,838), Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (65,475) ...Read more
Denver Broncos general manager John Elway: 'We haven't peaked, yet'SI.com, September 15th
On Sunday, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway told reporters "with sarcasm and a smile" that after two close game -- which the Broncos both won -- the team hasn't peaked yet, Mike Klis of The Denver Post reports. The Broncos held on to win ...Read more
Saints' Drew Brees passes John Elway for No. 4 on all-time passing listThe Times-Picayune - NOLA.com, September 14th
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) warms up before the game between the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday, September 14, 2014. (Michael DeMocker, Nola.com / The Times-Picayune) (Michael ...Read more
Dan Reeves, Denver Broncos Ring of Honor 2014Mile High Report (blog), September 14th
I was born in 1984. So many of my childhood memories can be traced back to football Sundays with Dad. My hero? John Elway of course. I think John was every Bronco fans' hero, child or otherwise. The 1980's brought forth an unprecedented era of success ...Read more
Ramsey: John Elway took chance on Wes Welker, and lostColorado Springs Gazette, September 6th
John Elway has enjoyed a long string of hits during his reign as Broncos maestro, a role once inhabited by Shanahan. He offered a massive contract to a quarterback who had undergone four neck surgeries. Rumors abounded this oft-injured quarterback had ...Read more
Adam Schefter Was Once Pranked Into "Reporting" John Elway's Nipple RingDeadspin, September 5th
John Elway did not have a nipple ring. He never said that quote. And Adam Schefter never reported it. So how did it end up in the paper? A year earlier, Schefter had left the Rocky Mountain News under somewhat acrimonious circumstances, though no one ...Read more
As Broncos GM, John Elway keeps one eye on the futureMile High Report (blog), September 1st
So one couldn't blame Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway for reacting to that loss with a single-minded focus of building the best possible roster now, without regard to years down the line. As Peyton Manning enters the twilight of his career, ...Read more
Elway says Brandon McManus 'our guy'ESPN (blog), August 30th
Executive vice president of football operations/general manager John Elway was asked Saturday evening if he was still confident in McManus, who was 2-of-4 in the Broncos' preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday night with misses from 52 ...Read more