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Original Broncos celebrate 50th anniversary

Jordan Steffen
The Denver Post

What defensive back Frank Bernardi remembers most about the Denver Broncos’ inaugural game is letting the Boston Patriots score.

“In 1960, I allowed the first touchdown against the Denver Broncos,” Bernardi said chuckling to himself.

The date was Sept. 9, 1960, and the Broncos were playing in the first game of the American Football League.

Bernardi and other members of the 1960s Broncos gathered Sunday in the lobby of the Brown Palace Hotel in downtown to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Denver Broncos.

In 1959, Bob Howsam and Lamar Hunt met in the hotel’s lobby and among the plush, floral carpets, rich wood panelling and dark cushioned furniture, the two discussed Hunt’s new football league.

Howsam agreed to own the Denver Broncos franchise.

Sunday, Howsam’s son Robert Howsam Jr. poured champagne into the top glass of a teetering 6,000- glass pyramid.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_13744694


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