Tripucka played for the Broncos from 1960-1963. His number 18 was retired by the Broncos organization, but he personally allowed it out of retirement for the Broncos current quarterback, Peyton Manning.
Tripuck threw for 7,767 passing yards, 662 completions, 1,277 passing attempts, and 51 touchdowns with the Broncos. He threw five touchdown passes against the Bills in 1962, a team record held until last week’s seven-touchdown performance by Peyton Manning. Tripucka was honored into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame in 1986
Upon receiving the information, the Broncos released a statement about their first quarterback:
He is proudly remembered as one of professional football's first great drop-back quarterbacks. Frank will always hold a very special place in Broncos history for what he meant to this organization and community. We are all deeply saddened by his passing this morning. Our hearts and prayers go out to Frank's wife, Randy, his seven children and the rest of the Tripucka family.
Tripucka was a star at Notre Dame University. Along with the Broncos, he also played for the Detroit Lions, Chicago Cardinals and Dallas Texans. He threw for 10,282 yards and 69 touchdowns in his NFL career.