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Sitting Down With Bubby Brister: An Exclusive Interview

July 15, 2009

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As we reported Friday, former Denver Broncos Quarterback Bubby Brister will be holding football camps for aspiring players ages 10-18. Brister, now 42 has remained very quiet since his retirement in 2000 after winning two Super Bowls with the Broncos, playing 7 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and throwing for nearly 15,000 career yards.

Brister who is known for his athleticism and mobility, independent playing style and rocket arm will always have a place in Broncos fans hearts. We will never forget when in 1998’s Super Bowl run, he stepped in for star QB John Elway for four games where he went 4-0, threw for 10 touchdowns and 3 interceptions and compiled a 99.0 QB rating.

After John Elways retirement he was given a shot at the starting position by then-coach Mike Shanahan. But to Broncos fans surprise, second year player Brian Griese who would play for the Broncos for 4 years and go to a Pro Bowl beat him out. That said, fans still to this day, are known to say that was Mike Shanahans biggest ever blunder as a head coach and that had we started Bubby, we would have competed for another title.

Brister also had solid runs with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he played for 7 whole years, 3 of which he started for them and Philadelphia where he was one of their most consistent backups of all time. Brister has become a fan favorite almost anywhere he went and no one ever felt uncomfortable when their starter went down.

At the Manning Passing Camp this weekend, Bronco Madness was given the pleasure of interviewing him where we asked him about his new camps, life after football and the current state of the Denver Broncos. 

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GB: So first let’s talk about these football camps, what made you start them?

BB: When I was growing up I learned from some of the great Louisiana QB’s like Terry Bradshaw, Joe Ferguson and Bert Jones. I felt like it was time for me to give something back. Holding these camps was the best possible outlet to pass on what I’ve learned.

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GB: You played in Pittsburgh, Philly, New York and Minnesota also so why did you choose to hold these camps down here in Denver?

BB: Denver has always been a special place for me and my family. We still have a lot of friends in the area, and the people out there are first class. Being a part of two Super Bowl winning teams with the Broncos was just an incredible experience for us. We also just finished four camps in Louisiana and Mississippi this past June, and we thought let’s see if we can finish off the summer with a couple of great camps in Denver.

GB: What do you hope that camp-goers will take away from this experience?

BB: I hope more than anything else the campers learn good habits, and of course proper football techniques and fundamentals. More importantly that to be good at something you need a lot of repetition, practice and attention to detail.  

GB: What do you miss most about playing in the NFL?

BB: I miss the camaraderie in the locker room more than anything else.

GB: Have you ever thought about coaching football at the professional or the college level?

BB: Sure, I’ve thought about it. As the son of a coach I have a lot of life experience that would be great to share. I certainly would be open to listen if someone was interested.

GB: What are some Broncos teammates that you have kept close in touch with?

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BB: I have stayed in touch with John Elway, Bill Romanowski, Howard Griffith and Alfred Williams the most but I always hear from guys from my playing days.

GB: The NFL is a competitive sport where everybody is put under a microscope. Is it a big change adjusting to a life after football?

BB: Yes, and I think the biggest adjustment you have to make is coping without a set schedule. Football is very schedule driven so when you retire all of a sudden you have to set your own pace in your business and personal life.

GB: As you probably know, earlier this year your former coach Mike Shanahan was fired and we hired Josh McDaniels. What were your impressions of the coaching switch?

BB: Obviously a coaching change is never an easy situation. It has a lot of impact on a lot of people. Mike had a great run in Denver and I’m sure he feels the past few years haven’t been up to his standards. I don’t know much about Josh other than he has a solid resume from his time in New England. I’m sure he’ll do fine out there. I think the Denver fans will support him.

GB: As a former QB how did you feel Jay Cutler handled the situation that occurred earlier this year?

BB: I’m sure at the time Jay felt that that was the best way to handle it, whether it was perceived to be right or wrong. It’s hard for me to criticize him for handling it the way he did. I think as long as everyone is satisfied and they got what they wanted out of the deal then it’s time to move on and play football.

GB: At this point what do you think the Broncos chances are for the 2009 season?

BB: They had a nice draft and I like Moreno. I think a .500 or better season is within reach. They’ll be in the mix in the AFC West.

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bubbybristerbroncoWe’d like to again thank both Bubby and his agent, Charles, for working with us on this. Bubby has certainly provided an interesting perspective on what this off-season has been like as well as a fascinating look inside the lives of football players once they are done with football. 

As for Bubby’s camps, he first will be held on July 28 at Highland Heritage Regional Park (Field B) in Littleton and the second camp will be held on July 29 at Cornerstone Park (Field 7 Northeast) in Englewood. Camp are for players ages 10-18 (high school graduates are not allowed to participate). Camps run daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is $150 per camper. Walk-up registrations are welcome. 

For more information you can view his site bubbybrister.com or email them at sixshooter@bubbybrister.com. You can even call 985-845-7980. Also for those of you in the Denver area, Bubby will be at the Bass Pro Shops of Denver on Saturday, July 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Brister will greet patrons and fans at the main entrance, and he will have a table set up to sign autograph and take pictures.

For anyone interested, this is the address: 

Bass Pro Shops of Denver, 7970 Northfield Blvd, Denver, CO 80238; Phone: 720-385-3600

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4 Comments
  1. mr. me permalink
    July 15, 2009 6:47 AM

    wow pretty good stuff

  2. Jon Krause permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:02 AM

    500? Ouch! haha, I’d like to hear 750 better (tho I also am expecting about 600) Nice info…

  3. Michael Torres permalink
    July 15, 2009 8:06 AM

    LOVE BUBBY! He was one of my favorite players when he was a Broncos. Great article Garrett!

  4. July 15, 2009 8:54 AM

    Good to hear something from Bubby Brister, truly. I’ve been so despondent over the team losing its coach and quarterback that I enjoy thinking back to the good ole days a bit.

    By the way, do you know why Kyle Orton wore #18 in Chicago? Because that’s how many people have heard of him.

    Cheap shot, yeah, but I’m not looking forward to this season with a kid for a coach and a nobody for a QB…

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