Rookie Quarterback To Start On Opening Day Premium Story

By Jim Wexell

Date: Sep 5, 2003

PITTSBURGH -- The way Tunch Ilkin remembers it, John Elway walked off the Three Rivers Stadium playing field with his helmet askew and his jersey pulled down over his shoulder pads.

“He was battered,” said Ilkin, the former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle who was injured and in the stands that day. “I remember thinking, ‘Welcome to the league, rook.’”

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