Denver Broncos Greats... By The Numbers: #90

There were eight players that wore #90 in Denver Broncos history and the jersey is currently occupied by David Veikune. There isn't much to look at, but check out the lineup and we shall see who the Greatest Bronco to wear #90 is.
David Veikune  LB 2010-Present
Kenny Peterson DL 2006; ‘08-09
Darius Holland DT 2003-04
Jerry Johnson DT 2000-01
Neil Smith DE 1997-99
Dan Williams DE 1993-96
Ron Holmes DE 1989-92
Freddie Gilbert DE 1986-88

David Veikune was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 2nd round (52nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played in 10 games during his rookie season in Cleveland. Veikune was waived by the Browns on September 7, 2010 and 5 weeks later, he became a Bronco. David, who's last name is pronounced vay-Koo-nay, appeared in 4 games last year at Linebacker and made a pair of Special Teams stops in Week 14 at Arizona.
      
Freddie Gilbert was drafted by the Broncos in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. This was a special draft for players who had already signed with the USFL or CFL on June 5, 1984, and different from other Supplemental Drafts. He played 3 years in Denver from 1986-88. Freddie started 8 of 35 games, with 5 Sacks and one Fumble recovery. He played for the Broncos in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXII.

Jerry Johnson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (101st overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Johnson played in 9 games and made 5 total Tackles in 2001.

Paul Carrington was signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an Undrafted Free Agent out of Central Florida in 2006. After playing 15 games with them, the Falcons waived Paul during final roster cuts in September, 2007. He joined the Broncos on November 6, 2007, but was Inactive for every game that season. Carrington was waived by the Broncos on August 30, 2008 and spent the rest of the season out of football. He played for the California Redwoods of the United Football League in 2009 and is currently a Free Agent.

Darius Holland was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 3rd round (65th overall) of the 1995 NFL Draft. His nickname on the Packers was 'Dirty D'. Darius spent 3 seasons in Green Bay from 1995-1997, winning a Ring in Super Bowl XXXI. He played 10 games with the Detroit Lions and 6 with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998. Holland was a  Cleveland Brown from 1999-2001 and spent the 2002 season with the Minnesota Vikings. He joined the Broncos in 2003 and played for 2 years, starting 14 of 18 games at Right Defensive End. Darius made 26 Tackles and deflected 5 passes with Denver.

Kenny Peterson was drafted by the Packers in the 3rd round (79th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent 3 years in Green Bay before coming to Denver in 2006. He was suspended for the first 4 games of the 2007 season for violating the NFL's steroid policy. During 2007 the Broncos released him twice but decided to re-sign him each time. Kenny was a Bronco for 4 seasons, through 2009, but wore #97 in 2007. In March of 2009, Kenny re-signed with the Broncos to a 3-year contract. He was cut once again on March 10, 2010. So for the 3 years he wore #90, Peterson started 15 of 35 games and produced 65 Tackles, 4 Sacks and 2 Forced Fumbles. He is currently a Free Agent. 

Ron Holmes was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He spent the first half of an 8-year career with the Buccaneers and joined the Broncos in 1989 and stayed through 1992. Ron started 32 of 52 games at Right Defensive End, with 17.5 Sacks and 1 Fumble Recovery. He also started in Super Bowl XXIV. Holmes was considered to have Pro Bowl talent, but his development was slowed by injuries.

Dan Williams was drafted by the Broncos in the 1st round (11th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He played 4 seasons in Denver from 1993-96. Dan started 40 of 46 games mostly at Left Defensive End, though he did start 8 games at Right Defensive Tackle in 1994. Williams made 77 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 Fumble Recoveries and one interception while a member of the Broncos. After his time in Denver, Dan played for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 and 1999-2001.


Neil Smith was drafted by the Chiefs in the 1st round (2nd overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played seasons in Kansas City from 1988 to 1996 and joined the Broncos in 1997. Neil was a Bronco for 3 years and won 2 NFL championship rings for Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII. In the 1998 Divisional Playoffs against the Miami Dolphins, he cemented the 38-3 Broncos victory with a 79-yard Fumble return for a touchdown, and in Super Bowl XXXII, he recorded a key fumble recovery that set up a Broncos field goal.

Not only did he have an effect for the Broncos, the League enacted a new Rule in 1998 and named it after him. The "Neil Smith" rule, prevents a Defensive lineman from flinching to induce a false start penalty on the offense.

Neil had 104.5 career Sacks, so of course he had a celebration every time he got one. Smith's trademark, was the Baseball bat swing. He performed it in tribute to former Kansas City Royal and Hall Of Famer George Brett.

He started 35 of 43 games at Left Defensive End for the Broncos, with 91 Tackles, 19 Sacks, one interception and 2 Forced Fumbles. Neil earned his 6th Pro Bowl appearance and 2nd-Team All-Pro status in 1997 with Denver.

He was elected to the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team.

Smith is a Co-Owner of the Kansas City Brigade, an Arena Football League team. It was established in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina forced the New Orleans VooDoo to move to Kansas City only a few months prior to the 2006 season.


I think most everyone would agree that Neil Smith made the biggest impact in this group. However, I will leave enough choices for you to get your vote on. MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Neil Smith as the Greatest Bronco to wear #90.

Go Broncos!





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