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Old 01-10-2011, 12:06 PM   #1
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Default cookie gilchrist passes away

Saw this just now from Jim Saccamono of the broncos on twitter:

A loss to the Broncos family and to pro football with today's passing of all-time great Cookie Gilchrist.

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From Buffalo this obituary that doesn't even mention the broncos:

http://www.buffalobills.com/news/art...9-f4d5d3e864e8

The Broncos traded rookie Billy Joe for Gilchrist before the 65 season. It was an unusual trade in the Joe was coming off a rookie of the year season and Gilchrist was an all star for the Bills.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:47 PM   #2
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Thanks for the link. "Just" before my time, but still. Love the avatar, btw. Costa putting it to Broadway Joe's gut?
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:34 PM   #3
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:39 PM   #4
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Cookie was one helluva fullback. That was back in the days of the split T formation and fullbacks got a lot of carries. He was huge for the times at about 235 lbs. and ran over the smaller DB's.

RIP Carlton Chester Gilchrist.
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Old 01-10-2011, 01:51 PM   #5
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RIP Cookie.

Always fun to hear old time stories like his on the old NFL Films stuff.
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Cookie was the toughest RB to ever play . . . he once beat up Sonny Liston over a woman. No one was tougher than Gilchrist.

A great loss who made some great plays for the Broncos during his short stints.
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Old 01-12-2011, 12:19 PM   #7
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Cookie was the toughest RB to ever play . . . he once beat up Sonny Liston over a woman. No one was tougher than Gilchrist.

A great loss who made some great plays for the Broncos during his short stints.
I bet that fight took place in the Dahlia Bowl in the old Dahlia Shopping Center. My dad told me in those days that Sonny Listion used to clear out the whole bowling alley when he was drunk, as he was a mean drunk and mean even without drinking. Shows Cookie wouldn't crumble.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:28 PM   #8
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Moops, I was wondering if Cookie had played with Floyd. I looked back at the stats and saw Cookie was with the Broncos in Floyd's rookie year (1967) and had 10 carries. They were all in the first game against the Patriots. So Floyd and Cookie were in the backfield that day. Then maybe Cookie got hurt and didn't play the rest of the season.

I was at that Patriots home game in 1967 (11 years old at the time). I remember my brother and I looked forward to it for weeks, and it was fun to see the Broncos win (26-21 over Boston). Reality sunk in the next week, though, as the Broncos lost 51-0 vs the Raiders.
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You're right. Floyd and Cookie did play together very briefly in his rookie year of '67. They were in the same backfield in a preseason game against the Vikes and both scored a TD, as Denver upset Minnesota.

Then he injured his knee in the opener (I believe it was Boston) and that was it. He finally hung 'em up.

Floyd said Cookie would roll out of bed late, show up to practice a few minutes after stretching, sometimes wearing the same brown socks from the night before -- and still kick everyone's butt!
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Just curious...what were season tix priced at back in ole 1967?
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:34 PM   #11
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Just curious...what were season tix priced at back in ole 1967?
I got my season tickets as a 12 year old in 1968 - $2 a game or $14 for the 7 game season (preseason games weren't included back then). This was a special kids price they had for age 12 and under. Don't remember the adult endzone price - maybe $4/game.
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I remember seeing him on the history of the Broncos DVD.

He was a beast, one of the best 250 players to ever play the game.
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You're right. Floyd and Cookie did play together very briefly in his rookie year of '67. They were in the same backfield in a preseason game against the Vikes and both scored a TD, as Denver upset Minnesota.

Then he injured his knee in the opener (I believe it was Boston) and that was it. He finally hung 'em up.

Floyd said Cookie would roll out of bed late, show up to practice a few minutes after stretching, sometimes wearing the same brown socks from the night before -- and still kick everyone's butt!
Great story - thanks. I remember the big Detroit upset in the summer of 67 but the followup upset of the Vikings often is forgotten.
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I just missed getting to see him play since I didn't start watching the team till '69. I would have liked to seen him as well as some of those other early AFL guys, especially Lionel Taylor and Goose Gonsoulin, and both of those guys belong in the HOF along with Floyd. It's kind of sad that on a day an all time Bronco great passes that the board barely notices.

Tickets...I remember 40 yard line seats that were maybe 30 rows up cost about $6 in '72...cost of a hot dog now.
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Old 01-13-2011, 06:09 AM   #15
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Cookie was the toughest RB to ever play . . . he once beat up Sonny Liston over a woman. No one was tougher than Gilchrist.

A great loss who made some great plays for the Broncos during his short stints.
If you have a nickname like "Cookie" you'd better be a tough SOB
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Old 01-15-2011, 05:48 PM   #16
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Cookie was so good the Browns tried to sign him as a 17-year-old. He was too young for the NFL and went to Canada for 6 years. I think he's a HOFer regardless, but had he played those early years in the NFL -- hands down he'd be in! He carried the Bills offense to back2back AFL championships.
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