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Sunday Night week one Denver @ New England Book it!!!
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twistedzman wrote:Kurthi76 wrote:
Sunday Night week one Denver @ New England Book it!!!thx for repeating what I said earlier.
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Thinks Jay Leno is funny
I LUV TIJUANA wrote:i will lol forever if tebow goes to cleveland
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Maybe that will lure the four-time MVP to the Mile High City.
Frank Tripucka wore that number for three seasons in the early 1960s, when he was the first quarterback in club history.
After his tenure, the number was ceremonially retired.
But Tripucka is just fine with breaking it out of storage. The
84-year-old Tripucka said in a phone interview from his home in Woodland
Park, N.J., that if Manning wants the number, "He should have it. Let's
give it to him.''
Well, there's still the tiny matter of the team signing Manning.
His whirlwind free-agency tour kicked off in Denver, but also has
included visits with Arizona, Miami and Tennessee. Manning spent
Wednesday meeting with the Titans.
"He's a great quarterback,'' Tripucka said. "He gets the job done.
That's the important thing. As the quarterback, you've got to get the
Tripucka certainly did.
Brought in to serve as a coach for the young quarterbacks on a
burgeoning Broncos squad, Tripucka was quickly summoned into duty by the
owner at the time, Bob Howsam.
At first, Tripucka was reluctant. A former standout at Notre Dame,
his career was winding down after stints with Detroit, Chicago Cardinals
and the Dallas Texans. He wanted to do some mentoring and then call it a
After all, he was sick of being hit.
"Still remember those hits,'' he said, laughing.
Eventually, Tripucka was talked into taking the reins and led the
American Football League in passing (3,038 yards) during the 1960
season, which was the team's inaugural year. His 447 yards passing
against Buffalo on Sept. 15, 1962, still remain one of the top marks in
"I had a good career,'' he modestly said. "I enjoyed it thoroughly.''
Tripucka's number is just one of three the Broncos have retired. The
others belong to Hall of Famers John Elway (No. 7) and Floyd Little (No.
"That was a pretty nice honor,'' said Tripucka, who was added to the
team's Ring of Fame in 1986. "But if Peyton wants the number, they
should give it to him. They definitely should.''
These days, Tripucka is suffering from Alzheimer's. He has his good days and his bad.
This was a good one as he joked about his time in professional football.
The most fearsome hitter he ever encountered?
"The Chicago Bears,'' he said.
"All of them!'' he cracked.
He also talked about his longtime friendship with former New York
Yankees great Yogi Berra. The two live a short distance away from each
other and used to play many rounds of golf together.
"He loved football. I loved baseball. That's it, we became friends,''
explained Tripucka, whose son, Kelly, was a two-time NBA All-Star
during his 10-year career and is now a television analyst for the New
York Knicks. "Our families became friends.''
His wife of nearly 63 years is never far away. Randy Tripucka helps
fill in the gaps when her husband's memory just can't quite recall all
And when he says it would be an honor for Manning to wear No. 18, he's not alone.
His family also feels that way.
"He really would be very proud to have Manning wear his number,''
Randy Tripucka said. "He'd have no problem at all. We'd be very proud
for Manning to use it.'
03/19/12 12:59 PM
Kurthi76 wrote:Would Peyton take the number? I would feel pretty scummy doing it.
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Oowatanite wrote:If the guy offers his number to Peyton, what's the problem with Peyton accepting the offer ??
03/19/12 02:36 PM
Seahawketti wrote:Oowatanite wrote:If the guy offers his number to Peyton, what's the problem with Peyton accepting the offer ??Because I'm sure he's offering it under duress. Probably the Denver front office told him they were unretiring the number whether he liked it or not, but gave him the opportunity to look good by saying he was ok with it. I shouldn't have to explain things like this.
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