Charlie Mitchell was drafted by the Broncos in the 18th round (141st overall) of the 1963 AFL Draft. He played 5 years in Denver as a Cornerback, Returner and Halfback. In 56 games (no starts), Mitchell had 1,138 yards rushing on 353 carries, a 3.2 average and 5 touchdowns. He caught 62 passes for 550 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense, Charley made one interception. As a returner, he had 54 punt returns for a 12.0 average and 58 kick returns for a 24.0 yard average and one touchdown.
Maurice Harvey played 7 seasons in the NFL, two for the Denver Broncos, 3 with the Green Bay Packers, one with the Detroit Lions, and one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During his time in Denver, Maurice started 3 of 31 games with one interception.
Kevin Clark played Defensive Back with the Denver Broncos for 4 seasons. In the first 2, he wore #27. During that time, Clark started 3 of 14 games. He had 3 interceptions and one Fumble Recovery. Kevin also returned 31 punts for an 11.2 average including a 71 yard touchdown and 2 kickoffs for 33 yards.
Terrell Buckley was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. After 3 years with the Pack and 5 with the Miami Dolphins, Terrell joined the Broncos and started all 16 games of the 2000 season at Right Cornerback. He made 38 Tackles and led Denver with 6 interceptions including a 32-yard pick six against the St. Louis Rams in Week 1. Buckley had his best year in 1996 with Miami, when he led the league in interception return yards with 164. He also earned a Super Bowl Ring with the New England Patriots (XXXVI). Terrell is the only player with 50+ career interceptions to never make a Pro Bowl. He is currently the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Florida State University, his Alma Mater.
Denard Walker wore the #27 jersey in 2001. He started 15 of 16 games at Right Cornerback for the Broncos that year, with 60 Tackles, one Fumble Recovery, 5 Passes defensed and 3 interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Walker switched to #25 in 2002 and played one more year in Denver.
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Steve Atwater was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. He spent 10 of his 11-year career as the Free Safety opposite Dennis Smith in one of the most ferocious Safety tandems in the history of the NFL. The "Smiling Assassin" started every game (155) he played in Denver. He was voted to a franchise-record seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1990-96 and trails only quarterback John Elway (9) for most Pro Bowls by a Bronco. Atwater, who finished his NFL career in 1999 with the New York Jets, recorded 24 career interceptions with the Broncos to rank 8th in team history. He twice led Denver in tackles (1993 and ’95) and posted 1,301 tackles (818 solo), five sacks (39 yds.), 89 pass breakups, 12 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries as a Broncos. Steve averaged 130 tackles per season as a Bronco.
- Football Digest NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
- 4-Time all-Pro
- Consensus All-NFL (1991, 1992)
- 3-Time Super Bowl starter (XXIV, XXXII and XXXIII)
- 2-Time Super Bowl Champion (XXXII and XXXIII)
- NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
- Elected as the 20th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame on October 9, 2005
MHR gives out a Mile High Salute to the "Smiling Assassin" Steve Atwater.
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