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Looking back at Denver Broncos Super Bowl Halftime shows

Can you name all of the performers that have played during Broncos Super Bowls?

Super Bowl 50 - Carolina Panthers v Denver Broncos Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

A few months back when I was bored and poking around on the internet, it dawned on me that I had never really watched the Super Bowl 50 Halftime performance. At the time, I was too busy hyperventilating into a brown paper sack and taking calls from my closest Broncos friends and family to digest game. Halftime show? Who cares? Right?

As the final months of my 30’s wind down, I have to say that I am not as hip to popular music as I once was. Beyonce? Sure. I know she’s a big deal, but I would be hard pressed to come up with a song of hers that I would call my favorite. Bruno Mars? I love to drive my wife crazy when she asks me who is currently playing on the radio by always responding that it’s Bruno Mars. I think for a brief window a few years back, I may have been right with every answer, but now it just bothers her. Hooray marriage! I do enjoy Coldplay, even though after a few songs they all sort of start to bleed together into a concentrated melancholy melange of wailing heartache.

Needless to say, I was surprised at how enjoyable the show was. Do yourself a favor and check it out! Beyonce and Bruno strutting around in their silly leather outfits can be a bit much, but the tribute to Whitney Houston and Prince in it are quite nice. Plus, there are some great old images of old Super Bowls in it as well. Totally worth the watch.

Unfortunately, the NFL and YouTube won’t let me embed the performance in this post, so you’ll have to click this ugly link instead. Yuck.

Not bad, right? So, what about the other Super Bowls that Denver won. Who were the performers for those?

Super Bowl XXXII was 40 Years of Mowtown featuring Boyz II Men, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah, Martha Reeves, and The Temptations.

Super Bowl XXXIII featured Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Savion Glover, inexplicably introduced by E.T.

So what about the Super Bowls we don’t talk about. The ones Denver lost? Who performed in those?

Super Bowl XII against the Dallas Cowboys in New Orleans featured the Tyler Apache Belles drill team, Pete Fountain, and Al Hirt. I have no earthly idea who any of these performers are. Let’s just say that things have come a long way from their humble beginnings. Here is what’s most likely 8mm film without sound of some of the performance.

Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena was a Disney themed celebration of Hollywood with George Burns, Mickey Rooney, Southern California-area high school drill teams, and dancers. It’s pretty awful. Like monumentally bad.

Super Bowl XXII was the Radio City Music Hall Something Grand show with Chubby Checker, The Rockettes, San Diego State and USC Marching Bands.

Pete Fountain, Doug Kershaw, Irma Thomas headlined the Super Bowl XXIV halftime bill that was a New Orleans-style salute to the Peanuts (Charlie Brown) comic strip... because someone somewhere thought that was a good idea at one time. More importantly, other people in the room went along with the idea. Crazy.

Then there’s Super Bowl XLVIII in New York when the Broncos had already lost to the Seattle Seahawks. The prospect of Bruno Mars and a crushing defeat at the hands of our former division rival were kept me away from watching it. I was surprised to see that the Red Hot Chili Peppers also appeared. That wouldn’t have been half bad had I been able to watch it through my tears.

So there you have it. A comprehensive list of Halftime performances during the eight Denver Broncos Super Bowls. Thank goodness training camp starts next week... Let’s get back to football!


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