77: Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age by Terry Frei

By Terry Frei

Announcing that the 1977 AFC champion Denver Broncos have been the tipping aspect for the transformation of Denver, Colorado from cowtown to cutting-edge activities and leisure mecca, writer Terry Frei offers an intimate examine the staff and town it introduced jointly at a time of serious swap. in addition to profiles of mythical avid gamers, Frei describes Denver's evolving politics and tradition within the past due Nineteen Seventies because the Broncos make their strategy to their first large Bowl.

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When he called me, I was really happy,” Red recalls. ” In 1954, Miller signed on as the line coach and track coach. ” he asks. “Two. You know who did all the athletic training and taping? Me. You know how we got to the games? ” Miller liked taking players to the games because he got a mileage allowance that helped out the family finances. One week, Keller and Miller were among the five drivers taking the team to Eureka College—the alma mater of actor Ronald Reagan—for what the Carthage coaches believed was a Friday night game.

Louis for the first time in his new 1965 cherry-red Mustang, he thought: “I’ve finally made it! ” At St. Louis, he again was working for a team owned by brothers—Bill and “Stormy” Bidwill. Stormy had a rogue’s charm to him, but Bill’s penurious ways were aggravating, and in retrospect it seems amazing that the Cardinals were as competitive as they were. All five of Miller’s most frequent starting offensive linemen—Bob De-Marco, Irv Goode, Ken Gray, Ernie McMillan, and Bob Reynolds—were selected for the Pro Bowl during his five-season run.

Quotes obtained from archival material are attributed in the past tense, and sources are cited in the notes following the text. F.  and a Player Revolt When Red Miller took over as the Broncos’ head coach, I was a grizzled veteran journalist. I had just turned 22 and had been a full-time sports writer at the Denver Post for a month. It was an experiment. A few years earlier, in Eugene—where my father, former World War II fighter pilot Jerry Frei, was the head football coach of the University of Oregon Ducks—I took a South Eugene High journalism class in the fall of my junior year.

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