The Invaders made diligent efforts to sign one player they chose in the 1983 territorial draft - Stanford quarterback John Elway.
Elway, who was sure to be the NFL's #1 draft choice, didn't want to play for the team that intended to draft him (the Baltimore Colts), desiring instead to play near the west coast.
The Invaders saw this as a perfect opportunity to land what many considered the greatest college quarterback of the past quarter century.
Elway wouldn't sign with the Invaders, however, opting instead to let the NFL draft run its course and see what transpired.  The Colts drafted him as expected, but Elway announced he'd play pro baseball instead.
Finally the Colts relented and traded his rights to the Denver Broncos, who signed him.  Had Elway signed with the Invaders, he'd have had his wish of playing on the coast - less than 100 miles from where he played college ball.

Player, Position College/University
Steve Booker, LB Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Gill Byrd, DB San Jose State
Reggie Camp, DE California
Steve Clarkson, QB San Jose State
Scott Darrow, K Fresno State
Rich Dixon, LB California
Mike Dotterer, RB Stanford
Chris Dressell, TE Stanford
John Elway, QB Stanford
Henry Ellard, WR Fresno State
Mariet Ford, WR California
Wes Howell, WR California
Brian Hawkins, DB San Jose State
Kevin Jones, LB Fresno State
Tim Kearse, WR San Jose State
Tim Lucas, LB California
Maomao Niko, OL San Jose State
Stephon Paige, WR Fresno State
Gary Plummer, LB California
Chris Rose, T Stanford
Harvey Salem, T California
Rich Stachowski, DE California
Ken Thomas, DB San Jose State
Vincent White, RB Stanford
Fred Williams, DB California
Gary Wimmer, LB Stanford

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