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Denver Broncos, The Complete Illustrated History – A Review

August 13, 2009

9780760334768This year is the 50th anniversary of the AFL and the Denver Broncos. So, what would be better than a book that ties together the last 50 years of Broncos together in one binding? Finally, you can get all 50 great years of Broncos history in the new book Denver Broncos, The Complete Illustrated History.

Written by Vice President of Public Relations for the Denver Broncos, Jim Saccomano, it travels from the 60’s to the 70’s to the 80’s and so on. Honest, entertaining and brilliant, Denver Broncos, The Complete Illustrated History creates a picture of the last 50 years that Broncos fans, both young and old will enjoy. Today we will take a closer look at the brand new book by MVP Publishing.

The book begins with a foreword by Hall of Fame QB John Elway. The intro is humbling to himself but certainly not to the Broncos. In it, he portrays the fan base as more of a college type atmosphere. As he puts it, Denver has a “extensive alumni support and the core community support of a smaller city.” 

Elway also comments on his Super Bowls and how one of his proudest moments was when Pat Bowlen stood up at the podium with Lombardi trophy in hand shouting “This one’s for John!” He then goes on to say that he “agrees completely” with the poll that was taken a few years back suggesting that Pat Bowlen was the greatest owner in football.

As you would guess, the foreword is very positive and quite informative. I have always hoped that John Elway would right a biography but if this is as close as we get… eh, it will have to do. Nonetheless, it is clever and while maybe the writing isn’t as brilliant as some of Jim Saccomanos’ it certainly is a good read for any Broncos fan.

The introduction to the book, which is also written by Jim Saccomano is similar to that of John Elways’ except from another perspective. It could stand on it’s own if needed and is a good little snippet of the Broncos history for someone who has no previous knowledge of them, before the book starts.

The chapters are each centered around a decade of play. The first of course, is the 60’s. Titled, Rags to… more rags, it definitely gives you the fell for just how bad of a team the Broncos were at the time. I would actually say that this may be the most interesting part of the entire book. Because, I wasn’t around during that time period for the Broncos, I found it interesting just how much things have changed.

It’s a history lesson that young Broncos fans might enjoy. The first chapter, goes from the days of the vertically striped socks and Frank Tripucka to orange jerseys and Floyd Little. 

Just one of the interesting tidbits you will find packed throughout Denver Broncos, The Complete Illustrated History is when Saccomano comments on “Broncomania”. It will come up multiple times in the book about the obsession with everything Broncos that is so, so prominent in Denver and Colorado as a whole. (We just prefer to call it Bronco Madness.)

The superlative part of book though, is the pictures. Every single page is packed with never before seen pictures both color and black and white of all of the Broncos greats, including Lionel Taylor, Randy Gradishar, Terrell Davis and more. I would also advise you for when you get the book to turn to page 159 for some absolutely stunning pictures of Invesco Field at night. 

You will also love the player profiles. Almost every single iconic player in Denver Broncos history has a profile in the book and they are all great reads.

Denver Broncos, The Complete Illustrated History is the perfect book for any Denver Broncos fan, young or old. If the only problem that I could find in it was that it doesn’t call it Bronco Madness… you know it’s pretty good. You can now purchase it at MVP Books or any other major book store for $30. Also we will have an interview with Jim Saccomano tomorrow, so look out for that. 

Go Broncos!!!

  1. Jon Krause permalink
    August 13, 2009 7:22 AM

    Awesome! Wanna get one of those sometime… We got the “Compleate History Of The Denver Broncos” from warner bros. and NFL Films, that’s really awesome. Like you Garrett, I love the beggining with the 60’s, and all the cool history I missed, I also missed the 70’s, among more years lol! Thanks for info…

    *but umm, this part I think u have a typo or I misunderstood: “for someone who has **know** previous knowledge of them”

    • August 13, 2009 3:40 PM

      Lol, It’s a great book for anyone who wants to learn more of the Broncos history!

  2. Michael Torres permalink
    August 13, 2009 3:38 PM

    Nice book! I’ll look for a copy at my bookstore. Thanks!

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