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 crew and the town it introduced jointly at a time of serious swap. besides profiles of mythical gamers, Frei describes Denver's evolving politics and tradition within the past due Seventies because the Broncos make their approach to their first large Bowl.
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Frank Beu, the president of Western Illinois, who was looking for a coach to succeed Wes Stevens. Red’s name had been tossed into the mix, but he wasn’t yet 30. Beu said he would be driving through Carthage that afternoon and asked if he could have about a half hour of Miller’s time. When he arrived, he put a strange offer on the table. The ex-Marine Hanson still was the athletic director, but was clearly winding down his career, and Beu took the lead in the coaching search. ’ ” Next Beu said he was considering about 20 other candidates, handed Miller a list and asked what he thought.
Plus, the kindly co-owner, who all agree was a gentleman, felt betrayed by the release of the original statement after he had been told the players would back off. In that sense, the strategy of leaking the original statement almost backfired: The move almost saved Ralston’s job. Although that original statement mentioned “the undersigned,” it never was officially issued. 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.
It was tilted,” he says. “The offices were in a Quonset hut, so every time I stood up, I hit my head on the curved ceiling,” he says. He stayed three seasons, through 1965, working under Faulkner and then—after Faulkner was fired—Mac Speedie. The Broncos won only eight games in the three years, and although the franchise was moving toward credibility under the Phipps brothers, Red jumped at the chance to move to the NFL, joining the St. Louis Cardinals for the 1966 season. Driving to St. Louis for the first time in his new 1965 cherry-red Mustang, he thought: “I’ve finally made it!
77. Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age by Terry Frei