Posted Sat May 26th by Tim Lynch
In the eyes of most Denver Broncos fans, John Elway and his helicopter leap in Super Bowl XXXII is the greatest offensive play in Broncos history. The significance of that play is lost when the backdrop of 38 years of Broncos football up until that point.
From averaging less than four wins per season throughout the 1960’s, to losing 20 consecutive games to the hated Oakland Raiders during the same period. Then the long arduous rise from that embarrassing beginning to the explosive arrival to relevance during the 1977 season. From that point on, the Denver Broncos organization would have just six losing seasons (two of which have occurred in the last five years) – which also included a strike shortened year in 1982.
The biggest factor in making this helicopter play the most significant play in Broncos history is the previous Super Bowl appearances. A loss to the Dallas Cowboys 27-10. A loss to the New York Giants 39-20. A loss to the Washington Redskins 42-10. A loss to the San Francisco 49ers 55-10. Each appearance got progressively worse and embarrassing. In many cases – maybe even all of them – the Denver Broncos beat more talented teams to reach the Super Bowl.
For those of us fans who lives through that time, the helicopter play was the turning of that tide. A collective shout out saying, “We are here and we’re not going to be steamrolled any longer”. Or something to that effect. I doubt any offensive play in the future will mean more to a franchise than this play did, so the competition instead will be for #2.
I will begin my search for the greatest defensive plays in all of Broncos history this weekend and get it out for next week!
- Best of the Rest
- Best Offensive Plays #5
- Best Offensive Plays #4
- Best Offensive Plays #3
- Best Offensive Plays #2
- Best Offensive Plays #1