Colts Trade Elway to the Mile-High
The Deal: When No. 1 pick John Elway refused to play in Baltimore, the Colts traded the Stanford quarterback draft rights to the Denver Broncos in exchange for QB Mark Hermann, offensive tackle Chris Hinton and a first-round pick in the 1984 draft.
The Impact: Elway became a legend in the Mile-High, where he won more games than any quarterback in NFL history (148) and led the Broncos to five Super Bowl appearances, winning two. He finished his 16-year career ranked second in passing yardage (51,475), third in TD passes (300) and first in fourth quarter comebacks (47). Elway now serves as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for Denver, and last spring he signed Super Bowl MVP and four-time league MVP Peyton Manning to the Broncos.