American Football - Broncos legend Frank Tripucka dies aged 85

Former Denver Broncos quarterback Frank Tripucka has died after battling a long illness.

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He was 85.

Tripucka, who is in the team's Ring of Fame, threw the first touchdown pass in American Football League history on September 9, 1960.

His No. 18 jersey was retired by the team, but he allowed Peyton Manning to wear it when he joined the Broncos in 2012.

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