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Old 09-22-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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Default Happy 74th Birthday to GENE MINGO!

Even though Rick Upchurch is at the top of my list for Ring of Fame snubs--the team's ONLY 2-Time All-Decade player is somehow not enshrined!

Gene Mingo is also grossly overlooked.

As pro football's first black kicker, Mingo was one of the game’s true trailblazers. He led the AFL in scoring in 1960 and '62 as a multi-talented star. He set a record by scoring 6 different ways: Field goal, extra point, and rushing, passing, receiving and punt return TDs. Mingo also led the AFL with most field goals attempts, most field goals made, and highest field-goal percentage twice. As a RB, he still holds the Broncos record for longest run in team history – 82 yards. All-together Mingo scored 408 points for the Broncos in 4-1/2 seasons – good enough to become the Broncos
all-time leading scorer for 15 seasons.

AFL founder Lamar Hunt said, “Mingo saved the AFL.” Saccomano once said, “He’s a very, very significant part of Denver Broncos history.” Then why no ROF recognition?

In 2009, Mingo was asked to be honorary captain for the Broncos throwback game against the Patriots, marking the first AFL game played between the two teams in 1960. Mingo proudly wore a brown throwback #21 jersey. But the truth is the Broncos didn’t offer to pay for his jersey, so he shelled out his own money and had the jersey customized for the game. Needless to say, theBroncos owe him much more than a free jersey.
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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I get the feeling that the Broncos are pretending they didn't exist, before Elway...
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Guys named Gene are cool!

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Old 09-22-2012, 08:56 PM   #4
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:30 AM   #5
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Word on the street is that 74 year old Gene Mingo cockblocked Mighty Smurf and snuck into Melissa's end zone for the birthday score.

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