WARNING: This review is completely unbiased, fair and balanced. WHO AM I KIDDING??? I am a HUGE Bronco fan and even bigger Elway fan. I’ve even MET The Duke, himself! (I WILL NEVER WASH THIS HAND AGAIN!!!) John Elway is the greatest QB to ever play the game and don’t even come in here with these modern guys that have had the benefit of all the rule changes that allows them to throw for 400 yards a game.
WARNING 2: The Reviewers would like to note that Grant probably should not have been the one to review this film. However, since he is hosting the site there is nothing that could be done about that. Forgive us.
The 30 for 30 series in general has been a sports-loving-documentary-loving person’s dream. All of them have been good, most of them VERY good, quite a few of them have been GREAT. Now that they are on Netflix – my queue looks like the ESPN vault.
This one in particular has deep meaning for me as I have been a Bronco fan since I was 7. That’s a long time. The early 80’s found my beloved Broncos trot out a good defense but a horrific offense. The defense was anchored by Tom Jackson, Randy Grandishar, and Steve Smith. The offense? An AARP member (Steve DeBerg) a few guys they picked up from construction sites.
As a young teen, I anxiously awaited the ’83 draft hoping that somehow the Broncos could either get Dan Marino or Eric Dickerson. Of course, the drama of the ’83 draft centered around John Elway.
This film takes us behind the scenes with Marvin Demoff as our guide. He was the agent for both Elway and Marino. It’s a fascinating story on how many teams attempted to get Elway from the Colts – even the 49ers!!!
The 1983 NFL draft may be the greatest draft in sports history. 15 of the 28 picks went to Pro Bowls. 6 Hall of Famers – Elway, Dickerson, Bruce Matthews (OL), Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, and Darrell Green (DB). And Dan Marino starred in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. I know you are impressed.
As Demoff takes us through his notes, we see the video from the day, hearing first hand from the major players both present day perspectives as well as footage from the time frame.
It’s fascinating if you are a NFL fan as well as a leadership lesson on how not to run a football team by Mr. Irsay of the Colts. The filmmakers do a great job of unfolding the story as the draft happened, knowing when to use clips from the period and when to get present day interview. Demoff is pleasant to hear, not rushing the story at all.