The next generation

Young fans don't remember much about Broncos' previous Super Bowls, excited for this year's game

ohn Elway raises the Lombardi Trophy after leading the Denver Broncos to their first Super Bowl title, in 1998. Many younger fans have little recollection of Elway leading the Broncos to back-to-back titles.

Peyton Manning is the favorite player of Greyson Nordine, 4, left, and Mallory Nordine, 5, right, and the youngsters, with their grandparents Rick and Peggy Sarten, will be cheering the Broncos’ QB in the Super Bowl.

John who?

For older Denver Broncos fans, it’s easy to picture John Elway on “The Drive” and the two Super Bowl wins that ended years of postseason futility.

But for younger fans, the Broncos’ trip to the Super Bowl on Sunday will be the first one they can remember, and it’s Peyton Manning who is all the rage.

For Greyson Nordine, 4, and Mallory Nordine, 5, Manning is their favorite player. Both said because he “throws the ball.”

Although this Super Bowl will be a blurry recollection for Greyson and Mallory years from now, many young fans who are now grown up, can barely recall the Broncos’ previous two Super Bowl victories.

An 18-year-old Broncos fan would have been 3 years old during Denver’s 34-19 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl XXXIII.

The following are several local residents who remember little if anything about the last time Denver played in a Super Bowl, and they’re looking forward Sunday’s game between Denver and Seattle:

Tony Ibarra

Age: 18 years old

Age when the Broncos last won a Super Bowl: 3 years old.

Super Bowl memories: “Oh man. I mean, the first Super Bowls I don’t even remember watching them. I’ve just been kinda growing up watching football, watching every game, going to football parties with my sister, their family. The finger-food and everything, it’s just kinda the best part about it.

“I think Manning is going to take it this year. And not just Manning, but he’s got his whole team around him. They’re built sturdy, and this won’t be the last one they win. As a Bronco’s fan, that’ll be cool to get to see.”

Anthony Montelongo

Age: 21 years old

Age when the Broncos last won a Super Bowl: 6 years old

Super Bowl memories: “I remember I was sitting with my family, I was 6 or 7 years old, in my grandparent’s basement, and I just remember everybody was going crazy. We were all in our get-up, Broncos gear, and I just remember going crazy when Elway wins the trophy. The whole ‘this one’s for John’ thing. Everybody goes crazy, and it was such a special moment being a little kid. It was awesome.”

Katelyn Hansen

Age: 18 years old

Age when the Broncos last won a Super Bowl: 3 years old

Super Bowl memories: “No, I don’t remember anything from those Super Bowls. I was 3.

“Yeah, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun because we haven’t (been to a Super Bowl in awhile), and it will just be fun to be around the people. We’re throwing a Super Bowl party, so it’ll be a lot of fun and a lot of good memories, and hopefully we win.”

Erin Lindberg

Age: 18 years old

Age when the Broncos last won a Super Bowl: 3 years old

Super Bowl Memories: “I was pretty young when we went to those first two Super Bowls but my dad and brother are huge Broncos fans. I remember vividly of them being really excited that the Broncos were going to the Super Bowl and everything. It was huge at my house. I personally got into Broncos football a few years ago because of my family. I mean, with my background you’re either a Broncos fan or you’re not a football fan at all.

“It’s been so amazing to watch them come up from being so terrible to where they are now.”


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