Barrel Man's Barrel Sells for $2,550

One of the famous barrels that Tim “Barrel Man” McKernan wore at Denver Broncos games for more than 30 years sold for $2,550 on eBay.

McKernan passed away in 2009, but his wife makes sure that his presence is felt year round in Broncos Country.

In Pro Football Talk’s comment section of this story, one reader said this about Barrel Man:

I remember when I used to go to Raider games and he and one of the guys in the Black Hole had some bantering over the internet. He swore up and down he would, not only attend a Raiders game, but wear the barrell and sit in the Black Hole. The barrell guy was true to his word and “sat” in the Black Hole surrounded by the enemy. Such was the respect that no one laid a finger on him.

I’m sure the Broncos will buy one of his barrels to keep in their “Hall of Fame.”

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  • bronncohowie

    I remember a game I went to in Mile High Stadium, when we got there the seats were covered in snow and we were in the part of the place that hadn’t got any sunshine. It was so cold, the Barrel Man was wearing long john bottoms, NOT TOPS, bottoms !! He drank some of my peppermint schnapps/hot chocolate out of my thermos, then lead a cheer in our section and then went on his merry way. RIP Tim !

  • Jimmy Conway

    As a Die Hard Raider fan, I HATE the Broncos. I have to. I think people need to change thier minds about Raider fans. They know what it means to be a die hard fan. I would have shaken Barrell Man’s hand for being in the Black Hole,because I know he is the biggest Bronco’s fan. I respect a guy that loves his team the way he did for so long. I know The Raiders fans respected him for that too. I wonder if any of the usual suspect in the black hole(love all of them) would be treated the same in Denver. I hope so. These are the fans that make the game and the rivalry so great. RIP Barrell Man. Thanks for visiting the Black Hole. You deserved the respect you were given.