Nearly 40 years prior, though, that was hardly the case. Had it been, Elway's days and nights in Denver would have never come to be and the Broncos franchise would've been far different.
An all-time athlete who was a Southern California high school football legend and a standout on the baseball diamond as well, Elway was taken No. 1 in the 1983 NFL Draft -- one of the most legendary drafts in league chronicle and led by a QB class for the ages. Decades before Eli Manning made it known he wouldn't play for the Chargers, Elway, who had also previously been drafted by Major League Baseball's Yankees, made it known he wouldn't be a Colt.
When the Broncos got Elway, he didn't disappoint. Denver was an AFC power for much of Elway's tenure, which included three Super Bowl trips -- all of them losses -- in the 1980s. Then, with Mike Shanahan as coach, two more followed and both were victories, including the last against the Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway garnered Super Bowl Most Valuable Player honors and rode off into the sunset as a winner.
Now he's the president of football operations and general manager of the franchise, having been hired into the front office by late Hall of Famer Pat Bowlen in 2011.
"We knew offensively we had to step it up," Elway told NBC Sports' Mike Tirico recently. "We had to get more explosive on the offensive side, so it was our game plan, and our goal was to go in this year and give Drew Lock some help and get some people around him to get more explosive. We've been putting a lot of pressure on our defense since we won the Super Bowl back in 2015. So with Drew and the [way] that he ended last year, with his five starts, to be able to put some explosiveness around him, we feel like we were able to do that."
In the eyes of many, Elway's thunder bolt for a right arm carried the Broncos to the franchise's second, third and fourth Super Bowl appearances (their first was prior to his entrance into the league). It wasn't until running back Terrell Davis and a well-rounded Broncos squad assembled around him that Super Bowl wins were had. He's looking to do the same with Lock, now, it would appear.