DENVER - Some Denver Broncos fans go way back. They remember the early days just as well as the big wins and tough losses.
Bob and Babe Houser, both 92, are just those fans. They were there when the Broncos played on a field for the Bears. And they're still here to cheer for Manning and company this Sunday.
The couple pulls for Denver every week as hard as any fan. They've just been doing it longer, as in from the beginning.
"Ever since the Broncos got here, since 1960," Babe said.
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Bob and Babe were at Bear Stadium for the first home game in team history. It was an AFL game against Oakland.
The Houser's had a job that day. They sold concessions.
"He was pulling Cokes and popcorn, and I was doing hotdogs and hamburgers," Babe recalled.
It was a time when the old Bear Stadium seated a little over 18,000. The cost of the food they sold had no comparison to today's prices.
"Hamburgers were 35 cents and hotdogs were 25 [cents]," said Babe.
As much as that has changed, along with Bob and Babe over the years, they're Bronco love has stayed strong.
"I scream and holler [during games]. He just sits there. I scream and holler, I really do," she said.
Babe has her favorites. And like a lot of ladies, she likes her quarterbacks.
"Manning is really great," Babe said. "He takes his helmet off and it looks like he just combed his hair and he hasn't. He really looks neat."
The Houser's also have Bronco bobble-heads dating back to the early years. Plus, there's Babe's lucky sweater from 1960.
They have real experience in the fan department, second only to their time together. It started when they were both in the Marine Corp. Today, they've been married 68 years.
"We've been together a long time, and we do a lot of things, but they're all good," Bob said.
As for how they feel about the Super Bowl.
"I don't get nervous," Babe said. "I don't either," agreed Bob. "Because we think they're going to win anyway, we hope."
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