Continuing my series of blogs looking at things that happened “in this week” in past seasons, I would like to take a quick look at one of the most colorful and open hearted players in Denver Broncos history, Lyle Alzado.
Lyle’s career was in the 1970’s and early ‘80’s, and lot of fans probably only remember him as a Raider, if at all.
But the Broncos have a deep core of fans spanning all age groups, and my bet is there are still a great number of Broncos fans who remember Lyle (we were good friends, and I just cannot bring myself to refer to him in print as “Alzado,” even though that is journalistically correct. Lyle will always just be Lyle to me) as Bronco first.
It was 37 years ago this week, on June 12, 1977 that he was named the winner of the National Football League Players Association’s Byron “Whizzer” White award as the group’s Man of the Year.
A lot of fans will remember him for his untimely death, with stories about steroid use pretty common in all the articles written at that time.
But I am not going to judge Lyle in that regard. A lot of guys have done a lot of things that they thought would benefit their bodies, and three decades ago it was often without benefit of any accurate information.