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Old 03-21-2010, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Greatest Bronco plays of all time: #12 Morton to Dolbin

This offseason I'm reviewing my bronco video collection for a countdown of my 12 greatest bronco plays of all time. On my blog at:

http://sportsindenver.blogspot.com/2...-plays-12.html

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I'm starting a series featuring my Greatest All Time Bronco Plays. Being a season ticket holder from 1968 to today I've had my ups and downs with the Broncos. The plays I've selected always bring a smile to my face.

#12 on my list:

Craig Morton throws the clinching touchdown to Jack Dolbin on December 24, 1977 to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Broncos first playoff game ever:



I was a 21 year old sitting in the South Stands for this game. 33 years later this game still is pretty incredible when you think about it. The Broncos were playing perhaps the greatest team of all time that day. The Steelers were in the middle of their fantastic run of 4 Super Bowl championships in 6 years with Terry Bradshaw as their quarterback. Yet the upstart Broncos beat Pittsburgh on what will always be a memorable Christmas Eve in Denver.

This play showed Craig Morton's amazing arm - the best of any Bronco quarterback besides Elway in my book. I also loved the enthusiasm of Broncos owner Gerald Phipps on the sideline. Phipps saved the Broncos in the mid-60's when the franchise almost folded. I was glad to see Phipps finally experience a playoff win after many down years - without Gerald Phipps there would be no Denver Broncos today.

Here's a picture of the December 25th Denver Post sports section - the Broncos gave the city a wonderful Christmas present that year!



Stay tuned for #11 on my list - a highlight from the 80's featuring the great John Elway.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:28 PM   #2
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Beautiful.

I love these posts, Titan. This was right when I hopped on the Broncos bandwagon as a kid.
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Old 03-22-2010, 03:14 AM   #3
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Awesome...just awesome.




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Jack Dolbin was one very fast white man.
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See Jon Keyworth pick up that blitz? Maybe if Hillis had done that he'd still be here.
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Old 03-22-2010, 04:21 AM   #6
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I remember it very well, I had acne and braces and screaming for my team, I couldn't believe it. The Broncos were on the map. "Do you believe now, do you believe now."
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Red Miller and Craig Morton took advantage of the Steelers to wrap that game up. Morton went after Jimmy Allen, who was subbing for injured all timer Mel Blount.

We caught a huge break not having to face Blount most of that game.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:15 PM   #8
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Anyone remember Mean Joe Green punching our guard, whos name escapes me and I don't have the time to look it up, in the nads?

Apparently he did it twice that year or within 2 years.
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:21 PM   #9
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Here's a picture of the December 25th Denver Post sports section - the Broncos gave the city a wonderful Christmas present that year!



Stay tuned for #11 on my list - a highlight from the 80's featuring the great John Elway.
Thanks for the post. I actually found that same newspaper and several others leading up to the SB that year in a house I had sold. The owner left them in the greenhouse!
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Old 03-22-2010, 08:49 PM   #10
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I remember we called Morton (old cement legs) and that was terms of endearment, he stood tall in the pocket and never moved. I love seeing Tom Glassic in that film clip also.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:41 AM   #11
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I was a Craig Morton (crazy legs) Fan-sometimes it hurt just to watch him walk-I remember being so stoked that were going to the Super Bowl-I drank a LOT of Beer that Year-
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:03 AM   #12
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Anyone remember Mean Joe Green punching our guard, whos name escapes me and I don't have the time to look it up, in the nads?

Apparently he did it twice that year or within 2 years.
Paul Howard, I was at that one.
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Paul Howard, I was at that one.
Long time no see. Welcome back, hope all is well.
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Anyone remember Mean Joe Green punching our guard, whos name escapes me and I don't have the time to look it up, in the nads?

Apparently he did it twice that year or within 2 years.
I believe it was Mike Montler that got punched
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Old 03-23-2010, 04:43 PM   #15
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Paul Howard, I was at that one.
...on second thought you're right. Sorry...my memory failed me this time...
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"Get the coward who punched Howard!"
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Mean Joe actually connected with Howard and then just a few plays later hit Montler too, who threw back but missed.

The truth is no one on the Broncos team or sideline saw him hit Howard, until they showed the replay at the stadium.

EVERYONE in the stands and on the field/sidelines saw him hit Montler, and that is when it turned real nasty.

Near the end of the first half Jon Keyworth was running with the ball and tried to hammer Jack Lambert with a nasty forearm punch, but fumbled, and it was recovered by Mean Joe. Which of course fueled the entire stadium as Mean Joe waved the ball to the crowd.

Baldy Bradshaw quickly threw an Interception to Bernard Jackson, so Keyworth's carelessness did not hurt us before the half. Then Red Miller went a bit nuts and then rallied the troops and calmed them down at halftime.

Good thing, Denver would not have won a cheapshot game against Pittsburgh.
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I remember watching that game . . . I think it was Christmas eve or something. There was snow outside here on the East Coast.

To beat the Steelers like that was awesome!
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Mean Joe actually connected with Howard and then just a few plays later hit Montler too, who threw back but missed.

The truth is no one on the Broncos team or sideline saw him hit Howard, until they showed the replay at the stadium.

EVERYONE in the stands and on the field/sidelines saw him hit Montler, and that is when it turned real nasty.

Near the end of the first half Jon Keyworth was running with the ball and tried to hammer Jack Lambert with a nasty forearm punch, but fumbled, and it was recovered by Mean Joe. Which of course fueled the entire stadium as Mean Joe waved the ball to the crowd.

Baldy Bradshaw quickly threw an Interception to Bernard Jackson, so Keyworth's carelessness did not hurt us before the half. Then Red Miller went a bit nuts and then rallied the troops and calmed them down at halftime.

Good thing, Denver would not have won a cheapshot game against Pittsburgh.
Yes, Mr. Thang Joe Greene sucker punched both Howard and Montler, and Red Miller was furious! Although Greene would later get a fumble recovery from Jon Keyworth, it was great to see Tom Glassic slam Greene to the ground like a rag doll after Greene got the ball.
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October 16th, 1977. Broncos 30 Raiders 13 Raiders on I think a 17 game win streak and Norris Weese (holder) throws a touchdown pass to Jim Turner on a fake field goal.
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Old 01-15-2011, 11:40 PM   #21
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Good stuff, I wasn't even born yet...thanks for sharing.
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Yeah, he reminded me of Ed McCaffrey or Eric Decker.
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It's not a play but a game.

Rick Upchurch's first NFL game in 1975, he established a Denver Broncos franchise record by amassing 284 all-purpose yards in a 37-33 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. He rushed for 13 yards, had 153 receiving and gained 113 on returns.
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Yeah, he reminded me of Ed McCaffrey or Eric Decker.
You were ahead of your time.
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