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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Yahoo Finance UK, October 2nd

Local celebrities and notable doctors from the Front Range community attended yesterday's grand opening ribbon cutting event for this much-needed full service facility, including Hall of Fame Quarterback and ICON patient, John Elway, the former Mayor...Read more

John and Paige Elway to be honored for philanthropy (blog), October 1st

DENVER — Denver Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and his wife, Paige, will be honored with the High Hopes Tribute Award for their philanthropic efforts at the 29th Annual Carousel Ball on Friday at 6 ...Read more

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CBS Local, September 30th

After the Lions 24-12 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday night, Jeff Riger caught up with Broncos legend and the team's GM John Elway after the game. Riger asked Elway for his thoughts on the Lions QB Matthew Stafford. “Well, I think he's a great young ...Read more

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Monday Morning Quarterback, September 30th

Then you start looking into it, and you say, “My gosh, John Elway's a pretty good architect.” Think of times in football history when a great player transitioned to the front office. How many have really worked out? Ozzie Newsome in Baltimore, to be...Read more

Not even John Elway could keep the Pirates from clinching a postseason berth, September 23rd

With a win on Wednesday night, the Pirates could clinch their third postseason berth in a row. The Rockies, who were hosting the Buccos and already eliminated from postseason contention, could play spoiler by ensuring that did not happen. So, they...Read more

WATCH: Cleveland Browns' Josh McCown attempts a John Elway helicopter leap ..., September 13th

Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown is no John Elway. Check out the Vine above to see what he did on Sunday against the Jets: With under two minutes left in the first quarter, McCown scrambled toward the end zone on 3rd and goal from the ...Read more

The Squeeze: Peyton Manning, Jimmy Fallon and John Elway (blog), September 11th

Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway joined Mike Rice on 850 KOA Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming season opener against Baltimore this Sunday. “There's been a lot of change this offseason, but I'm ...Read more

Sky Sports News HQ jets across the ocean to interview John Elway (blog), September 9th

"It's always had that carry-[over] from the 1980s and 1990s when we started seeing the game for the first time," said Sky Sports News HQ's Ben Ransom, who visited Dove Valley to interview Broncos GM/EVP John Elway on Wednesday. "That's why people like ...Read more