Gil Brandt, still ruing the one that got away

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Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts with the first overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, even though the quarterback had made it clear he didn’t want to play there. So I went to Colts head coach Frank Kush, whom I knew well, and asked him who I’d need to have a conversation with about trying to deal for Elway. Kush told me that he’d be handling it, so we made our pitch to him, and he said the Colts would get back to us. The next thing we knew, Elway had been traded to the Denver Broncos.

As it turned out, Kush wasn’t the man to talk to about Elway, because while we were busy trying to work something out with him, Colts owner Robert Irsay was reaching an agreement with Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser—and the future Hall of Fame quarterback slipped out of our grasp.

Poor Brandt; that's thirty years' worth of sleepless nights...

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