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    Just got word on Frank Tripuka's passing. RIP to our first QB


    Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
    Last edited by Peanut; 03-29-2017, 01:48 PM.

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    Frank Tripucka dies

    http://blogs.denverpost.com/broncos/...ck-dies/21562/

    Posted September 12, 2013, 12:05 pm MT
    Frank Tripucka, Broncos’ Ring of Famer and first quarterback, dies
    By Mike Klis
    The Denver Post


    Frank Tripucka stands next to his framed jersey. (Courtesy Frank Tripucka)

    Frank Tripucka, the first quarterback in Broncos history, a Ring of Famer and the first player to have his number retired by the team, died this morning following a lengthy illness. He was 85.

    Tripucka completed 10 of 15 passes in the Broncos’ first-ever game in 1960, a 13-10 vcitory against the Boston Patriots. Broncos general manager Bob Howsam, who later gained prominence in baseball as architect of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine in the mid-1970s, retired Tripucka’s number 18 following the quarterback’s retirement in 1963. Floyd Little (44) and John Elway (7) are the only other Bronco players to have their numbers retired.

    Tripucka gave his blessing to surrender his No. 18 to Peyton Manning after the Broncos signed the star quarterback prior to last season. The Broncos had been working in the last couple weeks to set up a meeting between their current quarterback and original quarterback this Saturday in northern New Jersey, where Tripucka lived. The Broncos are playing the New York Giants in New Jersey this Sunday.

    “It’s perfectly OK for him to go ahead and use it,’’ Tripucka said on March 14, 2012, six days before Manning signed with the Broncos. “I would be honored to have him wear it. It’s been retired for 50 years. That’s long enough.’”

    Tripucka is survived by his wife Randy, six sons (including former Notre Dame and NBA basketball star Kelly) and one daughter.
    RIP Frank.
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    • #3
      Frank Tripucka, the first quarterback in Broncos history, a Ring of Famer and the first player to have his number retired by the team, died this morning following a lengthy illness. He was 85.

      Tripucka completed 10 of 15 passes in the Broncos’ first-ever game in 1960, a 13-10 vcitory against the Boston Patriots. Broncos general manager Bob Howsam, who later gained prominence in baseball as architect of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine in the mid-1970s, retired Tripucka’s number 18 following the quarterback’s retirement in 1963. Floyd Little (44) and John Elway (7) are the only other Bronco players to have their numbers retired.

      Tripucka gave his blessing to surrender his No. 18 to Peyton Manning after the Broncos signed the star quarterback prior to last season. The Broncos had been working in the last couple weeks to set up a meeting between their current quarterback and original quarterback this Saturday in northern New Jersey, where Tripucka lived. The Broncos are playing the New York Giants in New Jersey this Sunday.

      “It’s perfectly OK for him to go ahead and use it,” Tripucka said on March 14, 2012, six days before Manning signed with the Broncos. “I would be honored to have him wear it. It’s been retired for 50 years. That’s long enough.”

      Tripucka is survived by his wife Randy, six sons (including former Notre Dame and NBA basketball star Kelly) and one daughter.

      from Denver Post

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      • #4
        Wow sad news. Our first QB ever no longer with us RIP Tripuka
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        • #5
          Requiescat in pace, Frank.
          "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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          • #6
            This is incredibly strange to me because I was actually reading an article earlier about him and his sons etc.

            Rest in Peace.

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            • #7
              After having played in the NFL and CFL for over ten years, Frank Tripucka came to Denver as a coach, but ended up playing instead. The only non-losing season in Denver's first thirteen years was greatly facilitated by the Tripucka to Taylor connection.

              When I bought Frank Leahy's book on the T Formation, I was happy to see a number of photos of Frank Tripucka in it. Requiescat in pace, Frank.
              "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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              • #8
                I have memories of Frank Tripucka's fairly lengthy career in the CFL. All of us "mature?" Canucks remember him.

                Bless you!

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                • #9
                  RIP Mr. Tripucka
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                  • #10
                    Oh man. May he RIP.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by spcdlee02 View Post
                      Tripucka gave his blessing to surrender his No. 18 to Peyton Manning after the Broncos signed the star quarterback prior to last season. The Broncos had been working in the last couple weeks to set up a meeting between their current quarterback and original quarterback this Saturday in northern New Jersey, where Tripucka lived. The Broncos are playing the New York Giants in New Jersey this Sunday.

                      “It’s perfectly OK for him to go ahead and use it,” Tripucka said on March 14, 2012, six days before Manning signed with the Broncos. “I would be honored to have him wear it. It’s been retired for 50 years. That’s long enough.”
                      Sad that they didn't get to meet.

                      RIP, Mr. Tripucka.
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                      • #12
                        Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP, Frank and thanks for the great years you spent with our Denver Broncos.
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                        • #13
                          Also sending in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you Mr. Tripucka for what you gave our city and our team.

                          Hopefully we can do you justice and bring back the championship to your spirit

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                          • #14
                            Do him the honor of having another career day this Sunday Peyton.

                            R.I.P Frank

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                            • #15
                              RIP Frank. You will never be forgotten as one of our favorites.
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