With this weekend’s matchup against the Boston Patriots designated a Legacy Game, we figured we’d give you a shot at a little Broncos trivia from their inaugural season — 1960.
In the 50th season of Broncos football, plenty has changed. But do you know just how much? Take a look at the following 10 questions, and then click to see the answers after the jump.
1) Who was the Broncos’ first pick in the inaugural AFL draft?
2) What was the first player transaction in franchise history?
3) What did original Bronco Bud McFadin once say about the team’s 1960 uniform socks?
4) What is the origin of the name “Denver Broncos?”
5) Who won the first-ever regular season AFL game, and what was the score?
6) Who was the head coach of the Broncos in 1960?
7) The Broncos are one of only two original AFL teams to have never changed their name or moved to a different city. What is the other team?
8] What two players from 1960s teams have had their jersey numbers retired, and what were their numbers?
9) How much did a Broncos season ticket on the 50-yard line cost in 1960?
10) How much did a gallon of gasoline cost in 1960?
Think about your answers, then click to see if you were right after the jump.
1) Roger LeClerc — a center and kicker from Trinity College in Connecticut.
2) After the 1960 draft, Denver swapped fullback Jack Spikes of TCU to the Dallas Texans — now the Kansas City Chiefs — for Baylor defensive back Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin. Gonsoulin was one of the original four Ring of Fame inductees.
3) “They were the most ridiculous things I ever saw in my life!” The Broncos will of course don the socks on Sunday, and personally I couldn’t be more excited.
4) In January, 1960, the club held a “name-the-team” contest — 500 entries were submitted. Ward M. Vining of Lakewood had the winning entry. Denver’s professional baseball team also went by the Broncos in 1921.
5) That’s right, the Broncos won the first-ever AFL regular-season game against the Boston Patriots on September 9, 1960. The score was 13-10.
6) Frank Filchock. He coached the team for two seasons.
7) The Buffalo Bills.
8] Frank Tripucka (No. 18) and Floyd Little (No. 44).
10) 25 cents.
If you got five of those answers correct, that’s pretty impressive.
So now when you see the Broncos wear their 1960 throwback uniforms on Sunday, you can think a little more about just how much has changed since then.
-Gray Caldwell, DenverBroncos.com