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.
Strangely, a pair of the old vertical-striped socks made an appearance in the Super Bowl XII broadcast, which was recently sent to me by reader Todd Kurlan. Take a look at the beginning of the video. And it is said that some of the Broncos wore one of the old socks in the Super Bowl as a tribute to their longstanding fans. Has anyone heard of this before? Any of our Broncos fans and historians? It’s a first for me!