By Terry Frei
Announcing that the 1977 AFC champion Denver Broncos have been the tipping element for the transformation of Denver, Colorado from cowtown to modern day activities and leisure mecca, writer Terry Frei offers an intimate examine the workforce and town it introduced jointly at a time of significant swap. besides profiles of mythical avid gamers, Frei describes Denver's evolving politics and tradition within the overdue Seventies because the Broncos make their option to their first tremendous Bowl.
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No list of “undersigned” ever became public, so nobody had to defend their claims with names. ” This much was clear: The firebrands in the anti-Ralston movement were Alzado, whose hatred for Ralston was irrational and bordered on the ridiculous, plus the more sensible—if highly passionate—Thompson, Jackson, and Van Heusen. Two days later, Ralston “announced” he was staying and Gerry Phipps publicly backed him at a news conference. “Now I think it is up to those players to prove, not just to the organization, but to the people of Denver, that they can contribute in a positive way to the Broncos,” Phipps said.
Gradishar liked playing for the gruff Hayes, who had been at Ohio State since 1951. “You kind of did it Woody’s way, and back then you didn’t even think about talking to anybody, whether it was military or your coach or anybody,” he says. “At least I didn’t. Coach, principal, parents talk to you and say to do something? That’s what you do. You do it. No question. You just believed. You believed he was doing the right thing, and you look back, it was all about the ethics, the values, the character of a man as an athlete, and he wanted to help you mold into that.
The Leathernecks also hired a young coach, former Northwestern end Joe Collier, as an assistant. For three years, Saban, Collier, and Miller guided the Leathernecks to records of 5-4, 6-1-1, and 9-0, winning the last 15 in a row. Miller also taught golf and archery classes, and after Hanson heard he once had been a lifeguard, he informed Red he now was the school’s swimming coach. “I couldn’t believe it,” he says. “I’d never been around competitive swimming. ” After that undefeated ’59 season, Miller and Collier were doing some paperwork when Saban asked them to come to his office.
77. Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age by Terry Frei