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Denver Broncos Greats... By The Numbers: #11

The list of Broncos who wore the #11 jersey include seven quarterbacks, two Wide Receivers, one Halfback and a Punter.

The Candidates:

Kenny McKinley WR 2009 R.I.P.
Patrick Ramsey QB 2007-08
Quincy Morgan WR 2006
Bradlee Van Pelt QB 2005
Steve Beuerlein QB 2001-03
Jeff Brohm QB 1999
T.J. Rubley QB 1996
Luke Prestridge P 1979-83
Bobby Anderson HB 1970-73
Tobin Rote QB 1966
John McCormick QB 1968

Eleven players wore #11 for the Broncos. Many of them were back up players at the tail end of their careers. This is how they stack up starting with the earliest and moving forward through time.

Tobin Rote played just three games for the Denver Broncos when they were part of the A.F.L. in 1966. The 38-year old quarterback was at he end of a career where he was the only quarterback to lead his team to both an NFL and AFL championship. He started before or after some pretty good QB's too, in Bart Starr, Bobbie Layne and John Hadl.

John McCormick started 1 game at QB for the Broncos in 1968. He went 8/19 for 89 yards and 1 interception in a losing effort against the Bengals in the first game of the year. The Broncos were 5-9 that season.

Halfback Bobby Anderson was the 11th overall pick for the Broncos in the 1970 NFL Draft after playing college ball for the Colorado Buffaloes. Bobby played in 48 games for Denver holding a 4.1 average. He carried the ball 313 times for 1281 yards and 9 TD's. He also had 84 receptions for an additional 861 yards and 2 TD's in his 4 years with the team.

Luke Prestridge was a punter who played five of his 6-year career with the Denver Broncos. Drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (188th overall) in 1979, Luke played 73 games, punting 377 times with a 41.8 yard average. He went to the Pro Bowl after the 1982 season where he led the league with a 45.0 yard punting average.

T.J. Rubley was on the Broncos roster in 1996 as the 3rd quarterback. He was brought in for the playoffs when Bill Musgrave went on Injured Reserve and never played a down for Denver.

Jeff Brohm came over from the San Francisco 49ers following Mike Shanahan in 1996. He was on the active roster, but never took a snap for the Broncos.

Steve Beuerlein played the last two seasons of his career for the Broncos backing up Brian Griese and Jake Plummer. During that time, he played in 12 games, starting 5 and amassing a 2-3 record. He was 101/180 (56.1%) for 1,314 yards, 8 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 70.9 QB rating.

Bradlee Van Pelt was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (250th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft, Van Pelt appeared in 3 games during the 2005 season. He completed 2/7 passes for 7 yards, but his lone highlight was an 11-yard scamper for a touchdown on a quarterback draw in a Week 13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was cut at the end of Training Camp in 2006 after Denver drafted Jay Cutler.

Wide Receiver Quincy Morgan played his 6th and final season in 2006 for the Broncos, suiting up for 7 games and compiling no stats.

Patrick Ramsey played 2 years for the Broncos after starting 24 games in 4 seasons for the Washington Redskins. Patrick appeared in 3 games and went 31/51 (60.8%) for 281 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception; a 74.1 QB rating as Jay Cutler's backup. He was released in the beginning of free agency in March 2009.

Wide Receiver Kenny McKinley was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round (141st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft. He appeared in 8 games for the Broncos in 2009 on the Special Teams Unit as a Gunner and a returner. He returned 3 punts for 32 yards (10,7 avg) and 7 kickoffs for 158 yards (22.6 avg). He also recorded 3 ST tackles. Kenny was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury on December 28, 2009. He died on September 20, 2010 after a battle with depression, leaving the team and fanbase stunned.

The Greatest Denver Broncos Player To Wear #11 Is...

Punter Luke Prestridge

Now some will argue that Steve Beuerlein was the best player on the ensemble above, and that may be true, but he was not a better Bronco. Steve was a valuable player for Denver while he was here, but his best years were as an Oakland Raider. This series is strictly about who the best player was as a Bronco, not the most popular player in the league. However, being a fair-minded person, I'm going to let you decide. I've made my choice MHR, what say you?

Go Broncos!