Category Archives: Denver Broncos
The early Denver Broncos take a lot of heat for their ugly uniforms, and rightfully so. The Broncos were one of the least financially-sound teams of the early AFL. Penny-pinching general manager Dean Griffing bought the uniforms second-hand, from an all-star game that had cast them away.
I’ve heard that when Jack Faulkner took over for Frank Filchock as Broncos head coach in 1962, he organized a bonfire and torched the old uniforms, ushering out the old era, and bringing in the new. At least one pair of the old socks resides in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’d head rumor that Lou Saban had kept a pair back for himself as well.
When the 2013 NFL season came to an end, so did the career of the Denver broncos Vice President of Corporate Communications, Jim Saccomano. “Sacco,” as he is affectionately known, worked in the Broncos media relations world for 36 years, worked his way through 876 Broncos games, 27 Super Bowls and four books about the Broncos over his storied career.
Fortunately for fans, Jim Saccomano is still out and about, writing about football and his many memories. The Denver Broncos website recently featured a piece called Saccomano: I Remember When…, in which the sports media legend recalls many great stories from the early Broncos years. It is truly enjoyable stuff.
Gene Mingo, a charter member of the Denver Broncos and multi-faceted talent, was finally selected for a spot in the Broncos Ring of Honor last week. The recognition is long overdue, though no-less justified because of the delay. The Denver Post put together a nice piece on Mingo, and his Ring of Fame classmates, Rick Upchurch and Dan Reeves.
The good folks at Helmet Hut do football collectors and historians a great service with their documentation and museum-quality reproductions of helmets from years past. In addition, they “rescue” old helmets whenever possible, ensuring that these old relics remain a part of our culture for as long as possible.
The following article gives the history behind the Broncos much-loved “Bucking Broncos” logo and helmet. A bonus is the wonderful close-up images of an authentic piece of AFL history.
I always find it interesting to learn what former football players have done with their post-football lives. I’ve read amazing stories, humbling stories, and unfortunately, a number of sad stories as well.
Former linebacker, John “Bull” Bramlett is a good story. Bramlett was something of a journeyman linebacker in the 1960s and early 1970s. He had a penchant for rough play, fighting, and hard drinking, and reading his autobiography, Taming the Bull, one would expect Bramlett to have been one of the sad post-football stories. A life shortened by drinking and fighting would not have been a surprise for the small-statured linebacker.