Future NFL quarterback John Elway of Stanford University warms up before an NCAA baseball game against USC in April 1980 in Palo Alto, California. // John Elway, Denver Broncos (David Madison/Getty Images)

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Future NFL quarterback John Elway of Stanford University warms up before an NCAA baseball game against USC in April 1980 in Palo Alto, California.

No quarterback has ever played in more Super Bowls than John Elway, who made five trips to pro football's biggest game. But this pivot par excellence was more than just a prolific passer of the pigskin. Elway also starred for the baseball during his college years at Stanford, pitching and playing right field. A prospect in the New York Yankees system, Elway had options when he balked at suiting up for the sad-sack Baltimore Colts after they drafted him in 1983. With Elway threatening to play baseball full time, the Colts gave in and traded him to Denver, where he went on to become a Hall of Famer.

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