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Eight players wore #91 for the Denver Broncos in franchise history. All of them were Defensive Linemen. That's the good news. The bad news is, there are only eight numbers to go. Here are the candidates for the Greatest Bronco to wear #91.
Chester McGlockton DT 2001-02
Alfred Williams DE 1996-99
Troy Wilson DE 1995
Willie Oshodin DE 1992-95
Warren Powers DE 1989-91
Jeff Tupper DL 1987
Jeff Tupper was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th round (116th overall) of the 1986 NFL Draft. He didn't suit up for the Cards and instead appeared in 3 games with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986. The following year, Tupper became a Bronco. He started 3 of 4 games at Defensive End and accrued 1.5 Sacks. Jeff was waived by Denver in late October of 1987 and he was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs and dressed for their Week 10 game against Green Bay.
Willie Oshodin was an Undrafted Free Agent out of Villanova, who the Broncos signed in 1992. He played 3 years in Denver and started 5 of 30 games, compiling 38 Tackles, one Sack and one Forced Fumble.
Troy Wilson was drafted by the 49ers in the 7th round (194th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft. He spent 2 years in San Francisco before joining the Broncos in 1995. Troy appeared in 3 games for Denver and had a half-Sack and assisted on a Tackle. He played 4 more seasons in his career, with stops in New Orleans and Chicago before returning to the Niners in 2001.
Warren Powers was drafted by the Broncos in the 2nd round (47th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played 3 seasons in Denver from 1989-91. Warren started 28 of 44 games at Left Defensive End, with 9 Sacks and 2 Fumble Recoveries. He returned one of those Fumbles 22 yards for a touchdown during Week 13 in Seattle. Powers played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1992 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993.
Chester McGlockton was drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 1st round (16th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played 6 seasons with the Raiders, going to the Pro Bowl 4 times. From 1998-2000, Chet played for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played with the Denver Broncos for two years from 2001-02. McGlockton started 31 of 32 games, making 76 Tackles, 3.5 Sacks, 5 Pass deflections, 2 interceptions and one Fumble recovery that he returned 24 yards for a touchdown in 2002. Chester's last year was spent playing for the New York Jets, in 2003.
McGlockton accepted a defensive assistant position at Stanford in 2010 and currently works on Jim Harbaugh's staff.
Ronald Fields was drafted by the 49ers in the 5th round (137th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played 4 years in San Francisco. In March 2009, Ron signed a 2-year deal with the Denver Broncos, reuniting with his former head coach in San Francisco, Mike Nolan. Fields started at Nose Tackle in 2009. In 2010 he was supplanted by Jamal Williams as the starter, but played on a rotational basis. For his 2 seasons in Denver, Ronald Fields started 16 of 32 games and made 60 Tackles. The Broncos allowed his contract to expire at the end of the 2010 season, making Fields a Free Agent.
Ebenezer Ekuban was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played through his 5-year contract in Dallas and moved on to the Cleveland Browns, where he played the 2004 season. In 2005, Ekuban was acquired by the Broncos along with fellow Defensive Lineman Michael Myers from the Browns in exchange for Reuben Droughns. He spent 3 seasons over 4 years in Denver. Ebenezer missed the entire 2007 season due to a torn right Achilles' tendon that occurred in a preseason game against the Cowboys. In all, Ekuban started 29 of 46 games at both Defensive End positions. He contributed 128 Tackles, 16 Sacks, 3 pass deflections, one Forced Fumble and two Fumble recoveries. When Josh McDaniels became the Broncos head coach, he hired Mike Nolan as the Defensive Coordinator and changed the team's Defensive scheme to a 3-4. That made Ekuban expendable since he wasn't big enough to play Defensive End and not fast enough for an Outside Linebacker in the 3-4. Ebenezer visited the Oakland Raiders in the Spring of 2009 for a tryout, but didn't sign with them, so he is currently a Free Agent. In the Fall 2010, Ekuban joined the football staff at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado as an Assistant Coach.
With the longest tenure, a Pro Bowl and two Rings, The Greatest Bronco to wear #91 is...
Alfred Williams was drafted by the Bengals in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He spent 4 years in Cincinnati and one season in San Francisco before coming to Denver in 1996. It was a homecoming of sorts for Big Al, since he played college ball up the road in Boulder for the University of Colorado. Returning to the Rocky Mountain region brought out the best in Alfred. 1996 was a career season for him as he made 56 Tackles, 13 Sacks, Forced 3 Fumbles and recovered one while starting all 16 games at Right Defensive End. That was enough to earn him a Pro Bowl selection as well as 1st Team All-Pro status. It was to be the only All-Star recognition that Williams would receive, but the 2 championship Rings he won in Denver for Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII were the cap to his 9-year career. After 4 years as a Bronco, Big Al retired after the 1999 season. He is currently a sports talk radio show host on FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN in Denver. In the Orange and Blue, Alfred Williams started 38 of 49 games. He collected 131 Tackles, 28.5 Sacks, Forced 6 Fumbles, and recovered two Fumbles, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown in 1997. He was named to the 2nd-team defense on the Broncos 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Alfred Williams as the Greatest Bronco to wear #91.