clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

“Oh my!” A simple thank you to Dick Enberg

The iconic broadcaster was on the call for some of the greatest, and toughest, moments in franchise history.

1998 Super Bowl XXXII - Denver Broncos over Green Bay Packers 31-24 Photo by Albert Dickson/Sporting News via Getty Images

Good morning, Broncos Country!

The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.

With the playoffs here, I can’t help but think about Dick Enberg.

The iconic sports broadcaster and man passed away on Dec. 21 at the age of 82. As was the case when I heard the news, sadness is the dominant emotion. But what makes me think about Enberg this weekend is the role he had in calling the greatest moments in Denver Broncos history. In this time of year, the playoffs.

As Adam Malnati and I said on the latest MHR Radio Podcast, Enberg was as much the voice of the Broncos as was longtime radio play-by-play man Larry Zimmer. Enberg called the moments etched in the minds and hearts of Broncos fans. As the unofficial “official” voice of the Broncos, Enberg also called some of the toughest moments in franchise history. In my mind, these are the major “good” ones Enberg called, but there are many, many more.

In terms of that magical Jan. 25, 1998, day in San Diego, Andrew Mason laid out Enberg’s call when there was no doubt John Elway finally cleared the hurdle most of us thought he never would.

“With 28 seconds left, Denver takes over on downs at the 32, and the 13-year domination of the NFC apparently has come to an end, and the man, the sentimental favorite -- the fans who didn’t care about who won this game cared that John Elway got a Super Bowl ring. They’ve reserved his spot in the Hall of Fame -- this man (Brett Favre) will probably get there too -- but Elway is a cinch to go to Canton when he is eligible.

”You know, after he lost to Jacksonville last year, he went home, and his sister called him, and he broke down crying. His kids, his four children, had never seen their dad cry before. Many of you remember when your dads cry, how important it is. It was a low moment of his great career.

”This, then, will become the highest moment: the completion of a great career, a Super Bowl championship for John Elway and the Denver Broncos!”

Mr. Enberg, thank you for giving voice to the moments as Broncos fans that we will remember and cherish forever. Thank you for the class and humility you brought to us as fans but also as a society. Thank you for doing your part to bring joy to so many strangers.

There’s only one way to fully capture all of this, with a simple yet so powerful “oh my!”

The MHR Radio Podcast is now on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. Please subscribe to the one that fits your fancy, and also rate and review what you hear.

Broncos Tracks

Chris Harris Jr.'s teammates explain why he should be a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year finalist
Last year's nominee and one of this year's Community Ambassadors both explain why Harris deserves to move on to the next round.

Woody Paige: Denver Broncos get a gift in coaching Senior Bowl, where they might find a new QB - Denver7
The Broncos get to be up close for a week in Mobile, Ala., with players potentially draft worthy.

Broncos' performance after bye week shattered expectations
After a promising start, the Broncos' season collapsed with a 2-10 run that stunned many in and out of the organization.

5 Best/Worst Broncos games of the 2017 season | Colorado Springs Gazette, News
It's time for the 2018 NFL playoffs and for the second consecutive season the Broncos are at home.

Brady in Broncos Orange? Teams that might fit if Tom Brady leaves New England |
If the New England Patriots are on the verge of imploding, what could be more fun than speculating on where the fallout might land?

Denver Broncos staff will get good look CSU receiver Michael Gallup
Denver's staff will coach North team in Senior Bowl.

Bills vs Jaguars Tracks

Analysis: why the Buffalo Bills can beat the Jacksonville Jaguars - Buffalo Rumblings
Former Syraucse & Bills cornerback Julian Whigham with a special analysis for the Bills-Jaguars game.

Sixth seeds that have won the Super Bowl - Buffalo Rumblings
The odds are not in the Bills favor

What’s your biggest Jaguars concern against the Bills? - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars opened up as 7.5 point favorites against the Buffalo Bills for Sunday’s NFL playoff game and the line has since moved to as much a -9 at some places.

How can the Jaguars offense beat Leslie Frazier’s defense? - Big Cat Country
The Jacksonville Jaguars can beat the Buffalo Bills — and this offense will be a big part of it. Let’s get to the analysis.

Panthers vs Saints Tracks

Carolina Panthers give Ron Rivera two-year contract extension, per Observer report - Cat Scratch Reader
The Panthers want some stability in a time of turmoil.

Panthers at Saints: Part Treux - Step UP or Step OUT - Cat Scratch Reader
We’ve got some players who have really been playing well and some others who need to play better if the Panthers are going to stem the tide and beat the New Orleans Saints to keep their Super Bowl dreams alive.

Panthers offense needs to regroup quickly to face Saints in Wild Card - Cat Scratch Reader
Do the Panthers have any hope on offense going into the Wild Card round?

Saints WR Michael Thomas will be a problem for defenses in the NFL playoffs -
The Saints’ young wideout doesn’t get his name thrown around a lot among the NFL’s best receivers, but he plays like he should.

Keys to Success: Saints facing Panthers for a 3rd time an advantage according to history - Canal Street Chronicles
Conventional Wisdom says beating a team three times is tough. I’ll be telling conventional wisdom to have several seats in this weeks Keys to Success

What you missed this week with the New Orleans Saints - Canal Street Chronicles
A look at some of the biggest Saints news and notes from the first week of 2018.

Why the New Orleans Saints can win the Super Bowl - Canal Street Chronicles
It’s no longer a pipe dream for Saints fans, as they can absolutely compete for Super Bowl 52.

NFL Tracks

Does the N.F.L. Have a Usain Bolt? Here Are the League’s Fastest Players - The New York Times
The fastest times at the N.F.L. combine do not always translate to top game speed, data from wearable technology shows.

NFL's Rooney Rule: What is it and how does it work? -
The NFL implemented a policy in 2003 that requires teams interview minority candidates.

Browns fans braved the cold to have their 0-16 parade -
Yes, there was a dump truck at the parade.

The Bills are sending 120 dozen Buffalo wings to the Bengals for helping them make the playoffs -
Who got the napkins?

12 NFL Playoff Teams Are Enough, Thank You | FiveThirtyEight
Instead of looking at expansion, the league should reconsider its tiebreaker rules.

Kansas City Chiefs open to trading Alex Smith in offseason -
The Kansas City Chiefs are open to trading starting quarterback Alex Smith this offseson, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports.

Rich Gannon: Jon Gruden would push Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr
Jon Gruden can propel Derek Carr and the Raiders to new heights, former Oakland QB Rich Gannon said Thursday, but Carr has to embrace being pushed.

NFL clears Tramaine Brock of violating conduct policy -
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Tramaine Brock was cleared of violating the NFL's personal conduct policy in connection to his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence in April.

UCF football's Tre'Quan Smith and Jordan Akins declare for NFL draft - Orlando Sentinel
UCF football stars Tre'Quan Smith and Jordan Akins have declared for the NFL. Smith and Akins helped the Knights complete a 13-0 season with a win over Auburn in the 2018 Peach Bowl.

Florida State wide receiver Auden Tate declares for the NFL draft
FSU wide receiver Auden Tate declares for the NFL draft.