Remember when the Denver Broncos had respectable uniforms? Sure, they lost four Super Bowls in them, but the blue helmets and orange jerseys were distinctive if not classic. However, they let Nike ruin their look in 1997 with a mostly blue design that had non-block numbers and lots of big swooshes instead of stripes. Those eyesores ushered in an era of decline for football uniforms.
Since I like dabling in uniform design, I figured I’d “fix” them.
1. Orange jersey which to the Broncos credit, they’ve returned to
2. Block numbers
3. The old “D” logo on the helmet. The current helmet logo isn’t bad and would look great on the sleeve, but having it on the helmet too would be overkill.
The white uniforms aren’t much different.
By the way, if you want to see the Broncos in their old look, why not watch Super Bowl XXII which was 26 years ago today. They lost to Doug Williams and the hometown Washington Redskins on this day. It was kind of a big deal.
I’m pulling for the Broncos on Sunday, despite the flawed uniforms. I never thought they’d be the better dressed team, but the Seattle Seahawks have atrocious kits. Also, I respect the Broncos played on a grass field even though they are in the snowbelt. They don’t seem to have problem keeping it in good condition either, ahem FedEx Field. I’ve been to Seattle either, but I went to Denver about 15 years ago and really enjoyed it.
I fully expect the Denver Broncos to drop about 55 points on the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Mile High. No matter in the scheme of things though, because when it counted most, the D.C. burgundy and gold scored the ultimate victory over the Rocky Mountain orange and orange – Super Bowl XXII.
Do I need to go into much detail? Probably not, we all know that was the year Doug Williams was a starter in the playoffs and had the greatest quarter any quarterback (4 TD passes amid 5 DC TDs overall) amidst a lot of symbolism. John Elway was his opposite number and after a great start, had a miserable day in his second of three Super Bowl losses. The Broncos at least looked like the Broncos back then with the glorious Orange Crush jerseys.
Here is the whole game from the ABC telecast (including 1987 commercials):
Though if you just want to watch “The Quarter” go ahead.
Williams only started about a season’s worth of games here, but he’ll always be a legend.
Twenty-five years ago today, Doug Williams led the Washington Redskins to 35 second quarter points in a 42-10 beatdown of the Denver Broncos. Williams did it on a bad knee, the day after dental surgery and after starting only a handful of games that season 5 years removed from being a regular NFL starting quarterback.
Doug Williams was on the Wheaties box. This image is fair use because my mom bought a box back then.
The game was historical and ironic at the same time. The Redskins, having been last to integrate, were the first team to start a Super Bowl with a black quarterback. Williams was MVP.
Williams would go 3-0 in the playoffs that year, but only 5-9 as a regular season starter over several seasons in D.C. He also won twice in relief of Jay Schroeder, a QB nobody liked. Health problems, including an emergency appendectomy the next season and a ascending Mark Rypien brought Williams’ career to close. Rick Tandler has a good column on the Williams legacy on CSN Washington. For a brief period, Williams was huge in the nation’s capital.
Below is playlist (nine videos in all) of Super Bowl XXII — most of the first half, including some of the pregame introductions and the post-game interviews.
The Niners haven’t been in the playoffs in ten years. They can run the ball though and are playing at home. Weather is apparently going to be pretty good, but Saints are still a dome team. Plus, the ghost of Jim Mora may show up. I’m going with the 49ers at Candlestick.
Denver Broncos at New England Patriots
If the Broncos can get to Tom Brady, they have a shot. Still, I’ll take the Pats and their playoff experience in a night game in Foxboro over Tim Tebow.
Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens are hosting their first playoff game in a while. This seems like the kind of game they lose, despite a strong crowd and Houston using a third string QB. I’m rooting for the Ravens too, I’d love to see them troll Indianapolis.
New York Football Giants at Green Bay Packers
The Packers were nearly unstoppable, but the G-men are peaking at the right time and have won in Green Bay in the playoffs before, so I’m taking them in the upset. I did predict they’d make it to the Super Bowl.
GAMBLOR DISCLAIMER: If you need these predictions to place bets on these games, I don’t know what to tell you.
Good to see that Jim Zorn found a play that he could call — the fake field goal! Man, I wish the NFL Films feature about him running fake field goals was available on line. Hunter (the Punter) Smith has run and now thrown for a touchdown on two fake field goals this year. He’s the best quarterback on the roster!
Oh and Clinton Portis, say hi to obsolescence! Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright ran better than you can these days.
The burgundy uniforms at home looked really weird and always will to me. Denver’s uniforms still look bad.