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The great starters of the greats by the numbers

It would be much more useful in this post if we could discuss about free agency signs or the performance of our players on the training camp. Thank you lockout for don’t letting it to happen. Thanks God it seems to be almost over, so until there I think it’s beneficial to return again to our huge past.

First of all, I’d like to ask permission here to everybody in MHR (particularly John Bena, the author of the series) to participate on this incredible series of posts: The greats by the numbers. I also would like to thank you everybody who researched about our players of each number of our beloved Denver Broncos. You made fantastic posts! Always! Thank you for sharing this.

My post here isn’t even close of the job you had. My idea is to sort the greats of each number by positions. This way, this post can be used as a big summary of the series and make more clear the big scenario of the chosen guys. Thereafter, we can set who is the starting team of the greats of each number. I guess I’m in a phase of rescuing the past… I want to win some Super Bowls again… I want a feared team like the Orange Crush era… So it’s very hard for me to avoid writing some posts related to this.


The final result of the series brings us: 15 Halfbacks, 11 Linebackers, 10 Quarterbacks, 9 Defensive Tackles, 9 Safeties, 8 Wide Receivers, 7 Defensive Ends, 6 Tight Ends, 6 Cornerbacks, 5 Kickers, 5 Guards, 4 Offensive Tackles, 4 Centers and 1 Punter.


Let’s go to the table:

 

OFFENSE (58) DEFENSE (42)

Quarterbacks (10):
#6 Bubby Brister 1997-99
#7 John Elway 1983-1998
#8 Gary Kubiak 1983-91
#12 Charley Johnson 1972-75
#13 Steve Tensi 1967-70
#14 Brian Griese 1998-2002
#15 Tim Tebow 2010-present
#16 Jake Plummer 2003-06
#17 Steve DeBerg 1981-83
#18 Frank Tripucka 1960-63

Halfbacks (15):
#0 John Olszewski 1962
#11 Bobby Anderson 1970-73
#22 Glyn Milburn 1993-95
#26 Clinton Portis  2002-03
#29 Howard Griffith 1997-01
#30 Terrell Davis 1995-2002
#32 Jon Keyworth 1974-80
#33 Gene Lang 1984-87
#35 Ken Bell 1986-89
#37 Cecil Sapp 2003-07
#38 Mike Anderson 2000-05
#40 Albert Carmichael 1960-61
#41 Rob Lytle 1977-83
#44 Floyd Little 1967-75
#46 Dave Preston 1978-83

Wide Receivers (8):
#10 Jabar Gaffney 2009-present
#19 Eddie Royal 2008-present
#25 Haven Moses 1972-81
#42 Billy Van Heusen 1968-76
#80 Rod Smith 1995-2007
#81 Steve Watson 1979-87
#82 Vance Johnson, 1985-93, 1995
#87 Lionel Taylor 1960-66

Tight Ends (6):
#83 Mike Leach 2003-08
#84 Shannon Sharpe 1992-99, 2002-03
#85 Ron Egloff 1977-83
#86 Byron Chamberlain 1995-2000
#88 Riley Odoms 1972-83
#89 Dwayne Carswell 1994-2004

Offensive Tackles (4):
#65 Gary Zimmerman 1993-97
#74 Mike Current 1967-75
#76 Ken Lanier 1981-92
#78 Matt Lepsis 1998-2007

Guards (5):
#54 Keith Bishop 1980, 1982-89
#60 Paul Howard 1973-75, 1977-86
#63 Mark Cooper 1983-87
#67 Doug Widell 1989-92
#69 Mark Schlereth 1995-2000

Centers (4):
#62 Dan Neil 1997-2004 G
#64 Bill Bryan 1977-88
#66 Tom Nalen 1994-2008
#72 Keith Kartz C 1987-94

Kickers (5):
#1 Jason Elam 1993-2007
#3 Rich Karlis 1982-88
#4 Rick Duncan 1967
#5 Matt Prater 2007-present
#9 David Treadwell 1989-92

Punters (1):
#2 Mike Horan 1986-92

Defensive Tackles (9):
#68 Rubin Carter 1975-86
#70 Paul Smith 1968-78
#71 Greg Kragen NT 1985-93
#79 Barney Chavous 1973-85
#90 Neil Smith 1997-99
#93 Trevor Pryce  1997-2005
#94 Keith Traylor  1997-2000
#95 Michael Dean Perry 1995-97
#99 Shane Dronett 1992-95

Defensive Ends (7):
#61 Andre Townsend 1984-90
#75 Rulon Jones 1980-88
#91 Alfred Williams 1996-99
#92 Elvis Dumervil 2006-present
#96 Harald Hasselbach 1994-2000
#97 Mike Lodish 1995-2000
#98 Maa Tanuvasa 1995-2000

Linebackers (11):
#50 Jim Ryan 1979-88
#51 John Mobley 1996-2003
#52 Ian Gold  2000-03, 2005-07
#53 Randy Gradishar 1976-83
#55 Rick Dennison 1982-90
#56 Al Wilson 1999-2006
#57 Tom Jackson 1973-86
#58 Elijah Alexander 1992-95
#59 Joe Rizzo 1974-80
#73 Simon Fletcher 1985-95
#77 Karl Mecklenburg 1983-94

Cornerbacks (6):
#20 Louis Wright 1975-86
#21 Darrien Gordon 1998
#24 Champ Bailey 2004-present
#31 Mike Harden 1980-88
#39 Ray Crockett 1994-2000
#45 Steve Wilson 1982-88

Safeties (9):
#23 Goose Gonsoulin 1960-66
#27 Steve Atwater 1989-98
#28 Kenoy Kennedy  2000-04
#34 Tyrone Braxton 1987-93, 1995-99
#36 Billy Thompson 1969-81
#43 Steve Foley 1976-86
#47 John Lynch 2004-07
#48 Randy Robbins 1984-91
#49 Dennis Smith 1981-94

 

 

Now the funny part. To set my great starters of the greats by the numbers, I used a 2 split-backs formation for the offense and a common 4-3 defense. Here we go:

  OFFENSE   DEFENSE
QB #7 John Elway DT #93 Trevor Pryce 
RB #44 Floyd Little DT #79 Barney Chavous
RB #30 Terrell Davis DE #92 Elvis Dumervil
WR #80 Rod Smith DE #96 Harald Hasselbach
WR #25 Haven Moses LB #53 Randy Gradishar
TE #84 Shannon Sharpe LB #57 Tom Jackson
LT #65 Gary Zimmerman LB #77 Karl Mecklenburg
LG #69 Mark Schlereth CB #24 Champ Bailey
C #66 Tom Nalen CB #20 Louis Wright
RG #54 Keith Bishop FS #27 Steve Atwater
RT #76 Ken Lanier SS #49 Dennis Smith
K #1 Jason Elam P #2 Mike Horan

 

 

And about you friends from MHR, who are your great starters of the greats? Pretty easy, huh!? Any team chosen could easily win some Super Bowls at the current level of the game.

GO BRONCOS!

This is a Fan-Created Comment on MileHighReport.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff of MHR

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