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was a businessman, President of Gerald H. Phipps, Inc., a construction company, and owner of the Denver Broncos
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club from 1961 to 1981.
Phipps and Cal Kunz purchased the Broncos from founder Bob Howsam
Robert Lee Howsam was an executive in American professional sport who, in 1959, played a key role in establishing two leagues — the American Football League, which succeeded and merged with the National Football League, and baseball's Continental League, which never played a game but forced...
in May 1961. Phipps was chairman of the National Football League
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Finance Committee from 1970 to 1981. During Phipps' tenure as owner, the Broncos earned their first trip to the Super Bowl
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(in 1978) participating in Super Bowl XII
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and saw a significant rise in Denver Broncos popularity, called “Broncomania.” In 1975, Phipps became the first non-player to be inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame. He is also a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
Phipps was also the owner of the Denver Bears minor league baseball team. He was a director of Rocky Mountain Empire Sports Inc., which owned the Denver Bears minor league baseball team from 1947 to 1984