A look back at football legend John Elway
The Stanford Daily - almost 5 years
(The Stanford Daily Archives)
With Andrew Luck ’12 as the projected No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft, The Stanford Daily took a look back at the last time a Stanford player was in a similar position–legendary quarterback John Elway ’83 in the 1983 NFL draft.
“One thing is for sure…Elway will be a millionaire soon. Be it baseball or football, the 22-year-old economics major will probably sign the largest professional contact ever offered to a rookie athlete,” reported The Daily on April 25, 1983.
Elway was to be Stanford’s first No. 1 draft pick since 1972, when the New England Patriots selected Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett.
In 1983, Elway, a two-sport star at Stanford, had hinted that he preferred to play football over baseball, but would think twice if offered a position on the Baltimore Colts or another East Coast NFL team.
Elway was drafted by the Colts and was, predictably, unhappy about the arrangement. The Daily reported on April 27, 1983.
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