Since Pat Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984, Denver has qualified for the playoffs 18 times, won seven AFC titles and three Lombardi Trophies. The Broncos have won 327 games during the Bowlen era. Only the New England Patriots have won more (335).
Robert Kraft hired both Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick as his head coaches. Parcells took the Patriots to one Super Bowl and Belichick took them to eight more. Belichick’s teams won five Lombardi Trophies.
Vince Young was a first-team All-America in 2005 after leading the Longhorns to a national title. He won both the Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards in becoming the first NCAA FBS history to pass for 3,000 and rush for 1,000 in a single season.
Anderson completed 218 of his 309 passes in the strike-shortened 1982 season to set the record – a record that would stand for 27 years before Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints would complete 70.6 percent of his passes in 2009.
Terrell Owens is in the news again … this time as the first Hall-of-Famer to say he won’t show up for his own induction … and that only invites the criticism that followed the former wide receiver throughout his career..
It was the only time in Ken Anderson’s 16-year career that he would reach a Super Bowl. He passed for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns that day but it wouldn’t be enough to give the Bengals a Lombardi Trophy in their first Super Bowl appearance.
The New England Patriots have a chance this season to achieve one of the few milestones that has eluded them in the Bill Belichick era – a third consecutive AFC championship, a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance.
The Bengals had another edge that day – their head coach Forrest Gregg. A Hall of Fame offensive tackle with the Green Bay Packers, Gregg played in the only game colder in NFL history – the 1967 “Ice Bowl” in Green Bay.
The Vikings then signed Kirk Cousins in free agency this offseason and Teddy Bridgewater bolted for the Jets. Bridgewater has had 300-yard passing games in his brief career against the Cardinals, Falcons, Lions and Jets and a four-touchdown game against the Bears.
O.J. Simpson rushed for 197 yards that Monday night against the Bengals – but he wasn’t the best offensive player on the field. Anderson, arguably the best quarterback not in the Hall of Fame, enjoyed the finest game of his career, passing for 447 yards and two touchdowns to sink the Bills.
Joe Thomas was the third overall pick of the 2007 NFL draft by the Browns. As a walk-in starter at left tackle, Thomas went to the Pro Bowl each of his first 10 seasons even though Cleveland didn’t have a winning season in any of them.