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

By Terry Frei

Saying 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 presents an intimate examine the group and the town it introduced jointly at a time of serious switch. besides profiles of mythical gamers, Frei describes Denver's evolving politics and tradition within the past due Nineteen Seventies because the Broncos make their method to their first great Bowl.

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And in any number of ways he was reborn. He was a veteran who didn’t make mistakes and showed his team and a town what toughness was all about and what it really was like to play hurt. But any analysis of the ’77 Broncos has to start with the Orange Crush Defense, a defense loaded with characters and led by a stalwart corps of linebackers. ” They worked in perfect unison. Standout defense has become almost expected in Denver, but the work of that unit of linebackers set the gold standard. You will read about the life and times of Lyle Alzado, Barney Chavous, Rubin Carter, Haven Moses, Otis Armstrong, and Jumbo Andy Maurer and realize what an amazing story the run to the Super Bowl really was.

I fully understand as I write this that there have been many Broncos books and more are on the way. I hope ’77 vindicates the decisions of those I contacted who did consent to speak with me. com has been supportive of all my book projects, and hockey editor Joy Russo has been a joy to work with the last couple of years—the period in which I often had my mind back in 1977. And thanks again to the reading and feedback committee—friends, family, and compatriots. You know who you are. Sorry about all those attachments.

ISBN-13: 978-1-58979-213-5 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 1-58979-213-0 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Denver Broncos (Football team)—History. 2. Football—Colorado—Denver—History. I. Title. II. Title: Denver, the Broncos, and a coming of age. 48–1992. Manufactured in the United States of America.  and a Player Revolt 1—New Coach, New Job Getting His Chance: Robert “Red” Miller 2—Defenders of the Realm It All Stops Here: Randy Gradishar Brain Trust: Joe Collier and Company Free Agent: Bob Swenson Commentator: Tom Jackson Abandoned Ship: Joe Rizzo 3—M&M Connection Prelude Off the Scrap Heap: Craig Morton Amazing Grace: Haven Moses 4—Campers Fort Collins: July 15–August 4 From the Halls of Montezuma: Mike Montler “Bronco Billy”: Billy Thompson At the Corners: Louis Wright and Steve Foley 5—Runners Exhibitions: August 5–20 Preacher’s Son: Otis Armstrong Clothier: Rob Lytle 6—United Front Yet More Exhibitions: August 21–September 10 “Barnyard”: Barney Chavous On the Nose: Rubin Carter In the Clearing Stands a Boxer: Lyle Alzado 7—Paving the Way From the Gate: September 11–25 Junkyard Dog: Claudie Minor “Napoleon”: Tom Glassic “Logger”: Andy Maurer Still Unbeaten: September 26–October 9 8—Raiders, Raiders “Ol’ Hightops”: Jim Turner In Their House: October 10–16 Rematch: October 17–30 9—Rebounding and Receiving “Tadpole”: Rick Upchurch “Doc”: Jack Dolbin Back on Track: October 31–November 13 “Judge”: Riley Odoms 10—Standing Their Ground First and Goal from the 1: November 14–27 Down the Stretch: November 28–December 18 11—Mardi Gras First Round: December 19–24 AFC Championship: December 25–January 1 Super Bowl XII: January 2–15 12—Aftermath Ownership and Staff Defense Offense Denver, Colorado Appendix Roster and Coaching Staff Season Scores, Statistics, and Honors Notes and Sources Index Foreword There is nothing quite so special in life as a “first”: a first car, a first kiss, or just maybe a city’s first championship.

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