Just a heads up, Broncos fans — you might want to tune in to ESPN at 6 p.m. MT on Tuesday, April 23.
The network’s newest 30 for 30 feature is titled Elway to Marino, exploring the 1983 NFL Draft, when a record six quarterbacks were selected in the first round. The first of those was John Elway.
The film is directed by NFL Films’ Ken Rodgers, and tells the story of the draft from the perspective of many of the players taken — including Elway and Dan Marino — along with head coaches, general managers, team owners and agents.
Marvin Demoff, the agent who represented both Elway and Marino, reveals his detailed diary from the days leading up to the draft all the way through to when the Broncos famously traded for Elway. The drama following the Baltimore Colts’ selection of Elway is chronicled in great detail, revealing a lot of interesting subplots. For example, did you know that the San Francisco 49ers briefly considered including quarterback Joe Montana — just 15 months removed from Super Bowl win — in a trade for Elway?
“It’s crazy that that was even a thought,” said Elway, who spent two hours talking with the interview crew at the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters back in February. “To me, it would have been a good fit. I would have loved to have been able to play for them, but looking back 30 years later, that would have been a tough situation stepping into (laughs).”
Instead, Elway ended up in Denver — and the rest is history.
Elway to Marino takes a detailed and entertaining look back at what it took to get Elway in orange and blue and plenty of other storylines from one of the most memorable drafts in league history.