Continuing my blogs that are taking a look back at an historical moment involving the Denver Broncos, this week we look back at the single greatest event that guaranteed the future viability of the Denver Broncos.
The merger between the established National Football League and the upstart, expansion American Football League became official on June 8, 1966, 47 years ago this week.
By 1966 the rivalry between the two leagues had reached its all-time critical point.
In early April AFL Commissioner Joe Foss resigned and his successor was Al Davis, the head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders. Davis started to recruit players already on NFL team, with that strategy focusing on quarterbacks in particular, and within two months he had talked seven NFL quarterbacks into switching over to AFL teams.
I was a high school student and ardent Broncos fan at that time, and I can remember how exciting it was to listen to Bronco radio voice Bob Martin’s radio show every night, with Bob giving the details of the latest NFL quarterback to jump.