The Broncos were in financial trouble from the start, beginning their inaugural year as a charter member of the AFL in 1960. Owner Bob Howsam was limited financially. He had owned a minor league baseball team called the Denver Bears and in 1958 inquired about an NFL team but was told expansion was years away.
When he bought the AFL franchise, Howsam made every short-cut he could possibly make. He purchased used uniforms from the extinct Copper Bowl. One part of the uniforms were vertical striped socks, which has become one of the team’s most memorable early-year attributes.
In 1963 the team hired Jack Faulkner as head coach. His first decision was to change the team colors from brown and gold to today’s orange, blue and white. The second order of business was a public sock burning ceremony. Faulkner did keep two pairs, for whatever reason, and today one pair an be viewed at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Broncos competed in the first-ever AFL game and came away with a 13-10 victory over the Patriots. In 1967, they became the first AFL team to defeat an NFL team in a pre-season game.
In 1965, the club came close to relocating to Atlanta, but a local ownership group headed by Gerald and Allan Phipps put together a package and kept the team in Denver. Fan support subsequently increased from 7,993 season ticket holders to almost 23,000.
A “name-the-team” contest was held in 1960. "Broncos" were the most submitted partly because of the popularity of a minor league baseball team in the 1920s of the same name.
The franchise has won two NFL titles, both Super Bowls.
Original Owner: Bob Howsam
Original Colors: Brown & gold
First Stadium: Bears Stadium, seating 51,706
Retired Jerseys: No. 7 John Elway, No. 18 Frank Tripucka, No. 44 Floyd Little
From Mr. Food
Let these bad boys marinate during the day for a scrumptious chicken dinner later that night! These Glazed Roasted Chicken Thighs are our new favorite weeknight dinner. Juicy chicken thighs, covered in a sweet and tangy sauce that's sure to make everyone around the table smile.
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed, undiluted
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 8 chicken thighs
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