Broncos playoffs-challenge trivia, day one: Test how big a fan you really are!
Yep, Tim Tebow and the Broncos are in the playoffs, and each day this week, to get you ready for Saturday's showdown with the New England Patriots, we're going to put real fans to the test with brain teasers from the Denver Broncos Trivia Game (the 1985 version, which I just found at a local antique mall). Warning: They're super-tough, just like the Broncos will need to be. Look below for our first batch of questions, then flip the page for answers.
Question 1: "Broncos standouts Al Denson, Al Frazier, Hewitt Dixon and Ray Alexander all attended what Florida school?"
Question 2: "Who was the shortest quarterback ever to play for the Broncos (through 1985)?"
Question 3: "What former Broncos defensive lineman was an NCAA wrestling champion?"
Question 4: "How long was Lou Saban's contract supposed to last when he signed with the Broncos?"
Question 5: "What was the nickname of the doll-like Broncos mascot?"
Answer 1: Florida A&M.
Sorry, Gator Nation. Other Florida schools need love, too.
Answer 2: Marlin Briscoe.
Read more about the groundbreaking QB in our 2008 post "ESPYs Offer Shout-Out to Denver Broncos Groundbreaker Marlin Briscoe."
Answer 3: Curley Culp.
Told you these questions were tough. Culp was drafted by the Broncos in 1968, then promptly traded to the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent much of his illustrious career terrorizing the Men of Orange.
Answer 4: Ten years.
Saban, who ultimately coached Denver for four years, beginning in 1967, was among the most colorful skippers in team history. He famously ran out the clock to preserve a 10-10 tie versus the Miami Dolphins in 1971 rather than go for the win -- a decision he explained by saying, "Half a loaf is better than none." Fans disagreed, which helps explain why that year was his last in charge of the Broncos. Read more in our 2009 post "Lou Saban and his half-a-loaf legacy."
Answer 5: Huddles.
Looks more like a Dinger prototype than current mascot Miles.
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