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77: Denver, The Broncos, and a Coming of Age

Terry Frei

Asserting that the 1977 AFC champion Denver Broncos were the tipping point for the transformation of Denver, Colorado from an outpost city with an inferiority complex to today's sports and entertainment mecca, award-winning author Terry Frei provides an intimate look at both a professional sports team and the city it brought together at a time of great change. Frei offers profiles of catalyst coach Red Miller and such legendary players as Randy Gradishar, Craig Morton, Louis Wright, Billy Thompson, Tom Jackson, and Lyle Alzado, but doesn't stop there, making readers feel as if they intimately know virtually everyone on the roster as the often ground-breaking narrative of that season continues. Frei describes Denver's evolving politics that year—when Richard Lamm was a young and controversial governor and Bill McNichols was one of the last machine-style mayors—plus the metro-area culture in the late 1970s as the Broncos go from victory to victory on their way to their first Super Bowl. As '77 wide receiver Haven Moses, part of the famed M&M Connection, put it, "Denver should have gotten the Nobel Peace Prize that year. There was more done that year to bring people together than I've ever seen in my life . . . And this brought attention to what Denver was about to become." « less more »
Taylor Trade Publishing
Pages: 376Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
978-1-58979-213-5 • Hardback • November 2007 • $24.95 • (£15.95)
978-1-58979-449-8 • Paperback • September 2009 • $16.95 • (£10.95)
978-1-58979-451-1 • eBook • September 2009 • $9.99 • (£6.95)
Terry Frei writes for the Denver Post and ESPN.com. His previous books include Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming and Third Down and a War to Go: The All-American 1942 Wisconsin Badgers. He lives in Denver, CO.
The games, the politics, and the culture that Frei deals with here unfolded thirty years ago, but they're brought to life again in this book with a clarity and a luster that make the story of Denver and the Broncos seem as fresh as the upcoming football season.
Michael Knisley, senior deputy editor, ESPN.com

No one knows more about Denver and its sports than Terry Frei does, and here in '77 he describes nothing less than the transformation of a city with a special focus on Denver's most magical team. To know why and how the Mile High City exists as it does today, this is essential reading.
Sandy Clough, AM 950 "The Fan"

Terry Frei's book captures it perfectly, the coming of age that occurred for both a city and its football team when the Denver Broncos made it to their first Super Bowl. Few times in sports can match the passion and sheer joy of the original Broncomania.
Mile High Sports Magazine