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Frank Tripucka, first Denver Broncos QB, dies at 85 years old
CBS Sports ^ | September 12, 2013 | Josh Katzowitz

Posted on 09/13/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT by EveningStar

When Frank Tripucka first arrived in Denver in 1960 to work for the newly-formed Broncos of the newly-formed American Football League, he was only supposed to help assist head coach Frank Filchock in a coaching capacity.

Funny thing about that. Tripucka was apparently the best option the team had at quarterback. Thus, though he hadn't played in the NFL since 1952, he took over the starting spot and proceeded to throw for a career- and league-high 3,038 yards that season.

Tripucka -- who died Thursday morning at the age of 85 -- started for two more seasons (and led the league in passing yards again in 1962).

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1 posted on 09/13/2013 10:09:45 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Perdogg

ping


2 posted on 09/13/2013 10:10:03 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Absolutely Nobama; Thunder90; 4everontheRight; ABG(anybody but Gore); Abbeville Conservative; ...

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3 posted on 09/13/2013 10:10:33 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: EveningStar

He is the father of former Notre Dame and Detroit Piston basketball star Kelly Tripucka who also played for the Utah Jazz and the Charlotte Hornets.


4 posted on 09/13/2013 10:12:08 AM PDT by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: EveningStar; Bender2
Well I've never heard of him, but I think Bender2 went to school with this guy.

RIP

5 posted on 09/13/2013 10:13:04 AM PDT by Dysart (Being nuts has its advantages...and the machete doesn't hurt, either.)
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To: EveningStar

Met him in Gulf Shores, Al many, many years ago. Very nice manl


6 posted on 09/13/2013 10:13:26 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: EveningStar

He is in Bronco heaven now along with Barrel Man. RIP.


7 posted on 09/13/2013 10:14:07 AM PDT by forgotten man
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To: Perdogg

That should an AFL logo!


8 posted on 09/13/2013 10:15:13 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: mc5cents

9 posted on 09/13/2013 10:16:51 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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10 posted on 09/13/2013 10:17:32 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: newfreep
Oh, that rings a bell. I do remember his son, then. Awful strange the things you remember, especially since I haven't had occasion to ponder or recall his name or face since I don't know how long--the 70's?

If only I could remember to pick up paper towels the last three times I've been to the store.

11 posted on 09/13/2013 10:18:26 AM PDT by Dysart (Being nuts has its advantages...and the machete doesn't hurt, either.)
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To: EveningStar

I was born and raised in Denver. A loyal Bronco fan for many years. Frank will be missed


12 posted on 09/13/2013 10:19:25 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Perdogg

That’s better. :-))


13 posted on 09/13/2013 10:19:52 AM PDT by mc5cents (Pray for America)
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To: Perdogg

"....either he got old quick, or I'm not paying attention to the sands of time....RIP"

14 posted on 09/13/2013 10:20:50 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: EveningStar

The Broncos were the first major league team in any sport to call Denver home. Frank kicked it off in great style, beginning a love affair between the Broncos and the region that lives on to this day. RIP.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 10:22:36 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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16 posted on 09/13/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: Perdogg

The Broncos wore those uniforms recently in a retro game. OMG they were butt ugly!


17 posted on 09/13/2013 10:32:56 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: colorado tanker

Yikes...the Denver Steelers


18 posted on 09/13/2013 10:36:54 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: beaversmom

ping


19 posted on 09/13/2013 10:47:27 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: EveningStar
Love those vertical stripes on their socks that the Broncos wore back then! ;-)


20 posted on 09/13/2013 10:51:28 AM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: rochester_veteran

Legend is they were leftovers from some College All-Star Game as the then-Broncos owner was too cheap to order new ones.


21 posted on 09/13/2013 11:12:20 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EveningStar
I dated a girl with that last name a long time ago. She was a cousin of the basketball player, which I thought was cool because I had a family member who played Major League Baseball.

Names omitted on purpose.

22 posted on 09/13/2013 11:16:15 AM PDT by real saxophonist (All you poor, all you needy, all you're doin' is givin' to the greedy... Temptations, 'Power')
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Legend is they were leftovers from some College All-Star Game as the then-Broncos owner was too cheap to order new ones.

When I lived in Denver from 1980-83, those socks were still the brunt of jokes amongst Bronco fans.

BTW, 30 years after my wife and I left Colorado to return to Rochester, NY, my son and his wife moved to Castle Rock to start their careers.

23 posted on 09/13/2013 11:38:45 AM PDT by rochester_veteran (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Dysart; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Cincinatus' Wife; ...
Re: ...I think Bender2 went to school with this guy.

Trip... and I were never--

--really close... but--

In the late 1990s I did run into Connor Trinneer when he was auditioning for "Pensacola: Wings of Gold" and... of course, everyone who is anyone knows he later got the part of Commander Charles 'Trip' Tucker III in the "Star Trek: Enterprise" TV series.

Dysart, Dysart! If I have learned one thing... in all my years flying back and forth over Texas from Hollywood to New York and New York to Hollywood--

You do not buy generic cowbell and you don't... try to out six degree of separation with Bendy!

24 posted on 09/13/2013 12:17:35 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: EveningStar
http://www.remembertheafl.com/BroncosFacts.html

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Frank Tripucka, the Broncos' first quarterback, sighs at the memory. Speaking by phone from Bloomfield, N.J., Tripucka flatly says the original Broncos uniform was the ugliest thing he ever wore. And he played for three NFL teams before spending seven years in Canada.

Hideous? Horrible?

"Unquestionably," Tripucka says. "We were a very poor ballclub, financially. They took anything they could get their hands on."

Literally.

Those first uniforms came from a defunct college bowl game (the Copper Bowl). Rips and tears had to be repaired because there was no way to get more of these dandy duds. The colors were technically "seal brown and gold."

"Mustard yellow would be a more accurate description," says Jim Saccomano, the team's director of public relations, a club employee for 32 years and a lifelong Denver resident who has seen almost every game the Broncos have played.

Denver's second coach, Jack Faulkner, set fire to the old socks at the club's intrasquad game in 1962, with new ownership in place, a little more money available and new colors of orange, blue and white adopted. Yet no one who ever saw the vintage hose will forget them.

The Broncos still have one of their originals at their headquarters in Englewood, Colo.

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http://www.talesfromtheamericanfootballleague.com/1962-denver-broncos-a-tale-of-two-seasons/


25 posted on 09/13/2013 12:18:35 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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"Broncos QB Frank Tripucka scores a touchdown against the Titans of New York in 1962. The team had worn striped socks the two previous seasons."
26 posted on 09/13/2013 12:27:55 PM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight of Faith")
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To: Bender2

Hey Bender any true rumor that you were going be lead for 1925 Metropolis until you tick off Fritz Lang

I been watching alot of TCM lately LOL!

They talk about Film story of odessy there is story allegely you slept with Erich Von Streeim mistress during film of the 1925 movie classic Greed

Eric was plan shoot you

Until Irving Thailberg Shearer talk him out of it


27 posted on 09/13/2013 12:46:07 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: SevenofNine
Yea, Irving did tell Erich that if he killed me... MGM would drop him like a hot rock. Von Stroheim didn't know 'The Kid' and I were drinking buddies.

Von Stroheim was your typical German, know-it-all... son-of-a-bitch who couldn't pour piss out of a boot when it came to women--

Of course, Irving also had no idea I was also banging Norma... and there is not any truth at all to the vile rumor that Norma spilled the beans on that that Labor Day weekend they had in Monterey, California, in 1936 just before Irving died.

28 posted on 09/13/2013 1:26:37 PM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

LMAO I have strange feeling that story is true

What about Fritz Lang

Sweetie any word that he drop you from Metropolis because you hitting on Brigette Helm they mention something on TCM documentary about Story of Film

I do hear all the stories that Erich was totally a-hole


29 posted on 09/13/2013 3:28:59 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


30 posted on 09/13/2013 4:59:44 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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