By Terry Frei
Announcing that the 1977 AFC champion Denver Broncos have been the tipping aspect for the transformation of Denver, Colorado from cowtown to latest activities and leisure mecca, writer Terry Frei offers an intimate examine the group and the town it introduced jointly at a time of significant swap. besides profiles of mythical avid gamers, Frei describes Denver's evolving politics and tradition within the past due Seventies because the Broncos make their method to their first large Bowl.
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RANDY GRADISHAR It All Stops Here: Randy Gradishar Number 53, Linebacker, 6-3, 233, 4th Season, Ohio State The phone rang in the little B&J Supermarket in the one-stoplight, steel-company township of Champion, Ohio. Randy Gradishar was there working, as he often had been ever since he was 11, because his father, Jim, and his uncle had opened the store after World War II—and when you were one of the Gradishar boys, you worked. You swept the floor, you worked the cash register, you stocked the shelves and put the price stamps on boxes, you sliced meat and cut steaks, you put out the produce, and maybe you wrote the amount of the purchase in the big black book where Jim tallied all the on-your-honor credit accounts that were the way of doing business in the small town.
Now you won’t believe this,” he says, “but I taught three biology courses plus four PE courses each day. I was head football coach, head track coach, assistant basketball coach, and I ran my own boxing program. ” For his first year, he rented a room in a boarding house and then married his Macomb girlfriend, Nancy. The young couple moved on to Canton (Illinois) High School in 1953, and that’s where their son, Steve, was born. Next, Red heard from the man he came to consider his mentor, Carthage College coach Art Keller.
Published by Taylor Trade Publishing An imprint of The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc. com Estover Road, Plymouth PL6 7PY, United Kingdom Distributed by NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Frei, Terry, 1955– ’77 : Denver, the Broncos, and a coming of age / Terry Frei. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN-13: 978-1-58979-213-5 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN-10: 1-58979-213-0 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Denver Broncos (Football team)—History.
77. Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age by Terry Frei