Barrel Man Dead: Tim McKernan, Famous Broncos Fan, Dies At 69

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • The Denver Post

Tim "Barrel Man" McKernan, an avid Broncos fan who was known for wearing a barrel, cowboy hat, cowboy boots and not much else, died in his sleep this morning of lung failure. He was 69.

McKernan, a former United Airlines mechanic, began wearing a barrel in 1977 after making a $10 bet with his brother, Scott, that by wearing one he could get on television.

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