Alternate Universe: Legendary Colt John Elway Remembers Time He Almost Got Traded To Denver
BALTIMORE – Speaking from his executive office at team headquarters, legendary Baltimore Colts QB and current GM John Elway reminisced about his storied career, and recalled that fateful day back in 1983 when he was almost traded to the Denver Broncos, according to alternate universe sources.
“Yeah, if you can believe it, I didn’t want to play for the Colts after they drafted me,” Elway said from behind his mahogany desk. “From what I understand, they were all set to trade me to Denver. Thankfully, I came to my senses and signed with Baltimore, where I’ve won Super Bowls, earned MVP trophies, and enjoyed a Hall of Fame career. Who knows if I would’ve accomplished any of those things as a Bronco?”
Elway’s signing with the team revitalized the floundering Colts franchise, who had been rumored to be considering a move to Indianapolis as a result of poor ticket sales. But with their superstar rookie QB, the Baltimore team began a new era of sold-out games and playoff appearances.
“Everyone remembers our back-to-back AFC Championship games in ’87 and ’88 against the Browns,” recalled Elway. “It still burns me that we lost both those games. Maybe if I’d had some better receivers, we could’ve scored the go-ahead TD on that infamous ‘Drive That Stalled at the 50 Yard Line.'”
But Elway’s Colts finally saw their Super Bowl dreams come true in the late 1990’s, when head coach Jim Mora, (after uttering his now-classic quote, “Playoffs? You’re taking about playoffs? Hell yes, we’re going to the playoffs!”) led the team to a pair of Super Bowl victories over the Packers and Falcons. Elway retired after winning the MVP trophy in Super Bowl XXXIII.
Today, with Elway back in the organization as GM, the Colts are in the process of rebuilding around the man Elway has hand-picked to lead the team into the next era: 2012 second round selection Brock Osweiler. But regardless of what the future holds, Elway remains grateful that he changed his mind and joined the team with which he has become synonymous.
“I’m thrilled to be a lifelong member of the Baltimore Colts,” concluded Elway. “Of course, I do feel a little bad for Denver, what with their having been the losingest team in professional sports over the past 30 years. Also, it’s weird to realize that my signing singlehandedly prevented the Colts from moving to Indianapolis. But that’s okay; they still got their NFL franchise when the Browns moved there in ’95 and became the Indianapolis Crows.”