The number "29," for the most part, has represented a group of rather obscure names in the annals of Broncos history. This collection of six running backs and five defensive backs are largely unknown to the majority of Broncos fans.
Let's take a jump and learn more about these often overlooked figures from Denver's past.
Wendell Hayes HB 1965
Appeared in 39 games with 14 starts. Rushed 320 times for 1198 yards with 10 touchdowns. Caught 45 passes for 468 yards with 2 touchdowns. Returned 7 kickoffs for 197 yards. Fumbled 9 times. Recovered 2 fumbles. Attempted 1 pass, it was intercepted.
Wandy Williams RB 1969-70
Appeared in 12 games with 2 starts. Rushed 10 times for 18 yards with 1 touchdown. Caught 5 passes for 56 yards. Returned 23 kickoffs for 574 yards.
Bill West CB 1972
Appeared in 8 games with 0 starts. No statistics available.
Bernard Jackson DB 1977-80
Appeared in 46 games with 42 starts. Returned 13 kickoffs for 262 yards. Intercepted 8 passes. Recovered 1 fumble. Caught 1 pass for 22 yards.
Wilbur Myers S 1983
Appeared in 16 games with 0 starts. No statistics available.
Warren Marshall RB 1987
Appeared in 1 game with 0 starts. No statistics available.
Darren Carrington DB 1989
Appeared in 16 games with 0 starts. Intercepted 1 pass. Recorded 16 tackles. Returned 1 punt for 0 yards. Returned 6 kickoffs for 152 yards. Was Denver's kick returner in Super Bowl XXIV where he returned 6 kicks for 146 yards. Had a 39 yard return in SB XXIV that set up the Broncos only touchdown of the game.
Charles Dimry CB 1991-93
Appeared in 44 games with 18 starts. Intercepted 5 passes for 37 yards with 1 touchdown. Recovered 1 fumble. Recorded 148 tackles. Returned 1 punt for 4 yards.
Aaron Craver RB 1995-96
Appeared in 31 games with 25 starts. Rushed 132 times for 565 yards with 7 touchdowns. Caught 82 passes for 666 yards with 2 touchdowns. Only fumbled twice. Recovered 1 fumble. Returned 7 kickoffs for 50 yards. Threw 1 pass - didn't complete it. Has the distinction of being the only player in NFL history to catch a touchdown pass from both John Elway and Dan Marino.
Howard Griffith FB 1997-2001
Appeared in 59 games with 56 starts. Rushed 35 times for 117 yards with 1 touchdown. Caught 68 times for 445 yards with 6 touchdowns. Did not have a single fumble. Recovered 3 fumbles. Was nicknamed "The Human Plow" as a tribute to his powerful blocking for Terrell Davis. Was part of both of Denver's Super Bowl winning teams. Was a major contributor in SB XXXIII, scoring 2 rushing touchdowns and catching a key pass in the fourth quarter to set up Denver's final touchdown.
Damien Nash RB 2006
Appeared in 3 games. Rushed 18 times for 66 yards. Caught 4 passes for 41 yards. Recovered 1 fumble. Spent first part of year on the practice squad. Won the 3rd string position behind Tatum Bell and Mike Bell. Nash tragically collapsed after a charity basketball game on Feb. 23, 2007, and was later pronounced dead. This tragedy came just one month after the shooting death of Denver CB Darrent Williams. Mike Shanahan said of Nash "We never had a guy play for one year, as Damien did, and influence so many people."
This was a relatively easy choice to make. Out of the eleven players to wear the number 29, six were with the Broncos for only a single season. Only three of the wearers played for more than two seasons. Out of that group of three players one player:
|Started 95% of his games with Denver (compared to 91% and 41% for the other two)|
|Did not commit a single fumble in 103 touches of the ball|
|Primarily served as the lead blocker for Terrell Davis|
|Scored 2 rushing touchdowns and made a catch that set up a third in Super Bowl XXXIII|