The Denver Broncos’ Helmet Cam Circa 1965 Is Some Hilarious Historical Shit
August 26 / Rick Chandler / SportsGrid
I'm not sure what this footage was used for or where it went, but here's Denver Broncos' backup quarterback Jacky Lee sporting the newest technical marvel, the helmet cam, at a practice in 1965. Before GoPro, before network broadcast closeups and even before instant replay, we had this -- a man wearing a vacuum cleaner attachment on his head.
I don't know a lot about the camera, other than it was video technology's version of this:
But I do know something about Jacky Lee. Before LeBron, Akron, Ohio, had Lee, who was the Houston Oilers' first-round draft pick in 1960, and became one of only 20 players to have played in all 10 seasons of the AFL's existence.
He was backup to George Blanda with the Oilers in 1960 and '61, and to Len Dawson with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969. His retirement had nothing to do with the helmet cam, though: it came following the '69 season, due to a shoulder dislocation.
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