The first “name” head coach for the Broncos died yesterday. Lou Saban was 87 years old and played a huge role in the Denver Broncos franchise as well as other NFL teams. From Pat Bowlen:
“Lou Saban should be credited as the individual who first brought respectability to the Denver Broncos. Even though I was not here at the time, upon buying the Broncos in 1984, I began learning the history of the club and realized Lou’s importance to this franchise. It was Lou who moved the Broncos into their first training facility and changed the team’s helmet design to the style featuring the ‘D’ with the horse, a logo that became so symbolic with this franchise and its success for nearly 30 years” (Denver Post).
Saban coached during a time when coaches ran the teams. Not players. Individualism was down played and the concept of “team effort” was put on a pedestal. To read more about Saban, go here. He will truly be missed.