Having finished the 1982 season with the worst record in the league, the Colts held the No. 1 pick in the 1983 NFL draft and expected to land the nation's top collegiate player to their 1983 roster. The Colts used the top pick on John Elway of Stanford. Elway, however, refused to play for the Colts (and even considered joining the New York Yankees baseball organization unless he was traded). The Colts were forced to trade Elway to the Denver Broncos and Mike Pagel retained his position as starting quarterback. The Elway controversy became more interesting when Elway's Broncos visited Baltimore during the season. The Colts took a 19–0 lead only to blow it and lose 21–19.