Category Archives: Denver Broncos

Opening Night at Shea Stadium

After four seasons of AFL play at New York’s Polo Grounds, the New York Jets began play in Shea Stadium in 1964, with a 30-6 victory over the Denver Broncos.  The club commemorated the evening with a page in the 1964 team yearbook.

The site, Today in Pro Football History, published detailed article of the game on September 12, 2010, which can be found below:

Today in Pro Football History – September 12, 1964

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Greatest Broncos Fullback – Cookie Gilchrist

Former Denver Broncos PR man, Jim Saccomano, posts fantastic stories on Broncos history to the team website.  Recently he detailed the turbulent career of famed fullback, Cookie Gilchrist. Although Cookie played for the Broncos some 50 years ago, Sacco’s praise of Gilchrist is still high, calling him, “by far the greatest Denver fullback and one of the greatest players that many have never heard of.”

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Just Who Was Jim Perkins?

I made a significant addition to my card collection recently when I located and purchased an autographed 1965 Topps Jim Perkins card.

Significant?

Who?

Jim Perkins?

Why?

Ok, so maybe Jim Perkins isn’t significant to 1965 Topps (or the AFL in general) in the same way as Joe Namath, but for autographed card collectors, this comes along, well…  so far, once-in-a-lifetime.

Jim Perkins was born in Loyalton, California, on June 16, 1939.  According to the 1964 Denver Broncos media guide, Perkins earned 12 varsity letters at Loyalton High School.  He studied business administration at the University of Colorado-Boulder where he was a member of CU’s Big Eight championship teams, and was drafted in the 7th round of the 1962 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and by the Denver Broncos in the 24th round of the AFL Draft of the same year.  Perkins earned a starting spot on the Broncos offensive line as a rookie, was single (at least in 1964), and worked as a realtor in the off-season.  Beyond that, nothing.

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1966 Broncos vs. Oilers Series, Part II

Last week I linked to an article on the Denver Broncos website that detailed the first game of the Broncos vs. Oilers series in 1966.  If you recall, the Oilers crushed the Broncos by a score of 45-7.  Broncos historian, Jim Saccomano, has recently published part two of that series, a game played just three weeks later, which didn’t end the same way as the first!

1966 Broncos vs. Oilers, Game 2

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The 1966 Broncos vs. Oilers Series

One of the great things about the old AFL is the fantastic rivalries between teams.  Chargers vs. Raiders.  Raiders vs. Chiefs.  Texans vs. Oilers…

A recent article on the Broncos.com website talks about the two games between the Denver Broncos and Houston Oilers in 1966.  While not one of the league’s classic rivalries, author Jim Saccomano outlines the first matchup of the season that resulted in a 45-7 drubbing of the Broncos.  Ode Burrell’s disparaging remarks about the Broncos fueled their fire for the rematch a few weeks later, which Saccomano will cover in his next installment.

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