Bronko Kowalski was a famous football player much admired by Denny Clay, who managed to acquire one of his old football helmets. He later gave it to his son Russell for use in in a football game, where it was recognized as Bronko's by Russell's soon-to-be friend Hank. Hank also held Bronko up as an example to Russell when encouraging him not to take antagonism from his teammates lying down. Hank's father had two of Bronko Kowalski's rookie cards, and Hank gave one to Russell as a present. Fracture, Divebomb, and Airazor witnessed this exchange, and tricked Russell into opening the Scrapyard gate, which allowed them to get in.