Why did the Denver Broncos retire #18? Frank Tripucka had horrific stats


The Denver Broncos have retired jersey No. 18–but the only player to ever wear that number for Denver said last week that he wanted to make it available for Manning.

Former Notre Dame quarterback Frank Tripucka wore No. 18 for three seasons in the 1960s, when he was the first quarterback in Bronco history. After his tenure, the number was ceremonially retired. But Tripucka is just fine with breaking it out of storage. The 84-year-old Tripucka said that if Manning wants that number, “He should have it. Let’s give it to him.”

And that’s a good thing because his number shouldn’t have been retired anyway. Frank “Trip” Tripucka has probably the worst statistical career of anyone who’s ever had their number retired.

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