Daily Archives: August 20, 2013

The Denver Broncos Horse Logo – Brown or Blue?

1962 broncos vs chargers I never cease to be amazed at the types of things that people study when it comes to the AFL.  I get all sorts of interesting questions tossed my direction, some of which I can answer, others I cannot. Just yesterday I received an inquiry from a devoted reader living in Italy.  As I am not familiar with the intricate details of most AFL uniforms, I offered to post his question to the board.  We have some very knowledgeable Denver Broncos collectors who read Tales, as well as several former AFL players.  Here is hoping that someone can help out… Hi Todd, In reading today’s post “What would you ask Lance Alworth,” one thing came to my mind as soon as I started thinking of a question.  It’s not related to Lance’s career so I don’t know if it fits the purpose, but I think it’s interesting.   As you certainly know the Broncos changed their uniforms in 1962 switching from brown and mustard yellow to orange and blue. The helmet was orange with a horse logo. The first couple of regular season games the logo was dark, then they switched to a white one. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5028/5680828320_aace813f73_o.png http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2585/3921783524_5726a2d986_o.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5226/5648175514_9234f3e144_o.jpg   With the merchandising market having a boom in the 90s, a lot of reproductions started appearing on the internet showing a brown logo. http://www.sportshopdirect.com/Images/products/caseys/9585597640.jpg http://www.ebay.com/itm/Throwback-Denver-Broncos-Crazy-Horse-1962-Alternate-Football-Helmet-Decals-/321184629768 Then started a debate with a lot of eyewitnesses saying the dark logo was a brown horse (which doesn’t make much sense but still…) and a lot of other eyewitnesses saying the logo was in fact blue (which it makes a lot more sense).   Broncos’ VP of Corporate Communications Jim Saccomano tackled the topic in 2011 asking 3 reliable sources: Chuck Garrity, former Denver Post sports editor, Ronnie Bill, who was the Broncos assistant equipment manager in 1962 and Al King, publicity man for the Broncos in ’62.

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