Nathan Poole was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 10th round (250th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played two seasons with the Bengals before coming to Denver in 1982. Nate played 4 years as a Bronco; 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1987. He started 10 of 30 games at Fullback, with 420 yards and 5 touchdowns on 120 carries and 21 catches for 193 yards. Poole had 1 kick return for no yards in 1982.
Raymont Harris was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 4th round (114th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played there 4 seasons, spent one year as a Green Bay Packer and played 1 game with the Patriots before a 3 game stint with the Broncos in 2000. Harris had 22 yards rushing and 19 yards receiving in those 3 games.
Cedric Cobbs was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 4th round (128th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played 3 games in 2004 for the Patriots and earned a Super Bowl Ring (SB XXXIX) with them. Cobbs was acquired by the Broncos in 2006, via free agency. He played in 2 games in Denver, gaining 9 yards on 3 carries. He was released on May 1, 2007 but re-signed in August. Cedric didn't make it past the first round of cuts six days later. He is currently a running back for the Arkansas Twisters of the af2 (arenafootball2) and looking to sign a Free Agent contract with an NFL team.
Joshua Bell was signed by the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He was released on August 30. Bell was signed to the Broncos practice squad on September 24, 2008 and promoted to the active roster on October 27 after an injury to Champ Bailey. Josh made 5 starts in 9 games, with 34 tackles and 4 passes defensed. He was waived/injured and placed on Injured Reserve on September 4, 2009. The next day, Denver reached an injury settlement with Bell and released him.
Reuben Droughns was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 3rd round (81st overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played on the Lions for one year in 2001 after spending the 2000 season on Injured Reserve. Reuben played on the Broncos for 3 seasons. He was supposed to play fullback, but became the next 1,000-yard rusher in Denver's Running Back factory, surpassing 1,200 yards in 2004. Even after that performance, Droughns wasn't guaranteed the starter's job in 2005, so he requested a trade. His wish was granted on March 30, 2005. The Broncos traded Reuben to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Defensive Linemen Ebenezer Ekuban and Michael Myers. Droughns had another 1,200 yard rushing season in 2005 for the Browns.
One could make a case for Don Stone or Reuben Droughns for this accolade, but I think many will agree with the choice I made.
The Greatest Bronco player to wear #34 is...
- Played in 5 Super Bowls with the Broncos
- 2 Super Bowl Rings (SB XXXII, SB XXXIII)
- 1 Pro Bowl (1996)
- Led NFL with 9 interceptions (1996)
- Made 90+ Tackles twice (1991-92)
- Made 100+ Tackles twice (1989, 1993)
- Career 34 (4th)
- Season 9 (3rd) Tie
- Career 614 (4th)
- Season 128 (8th) Tie
- Game 72 (8th)
- Career (min. 10 returns)
- 4 (2nd) 1996 (gms. 12-15)
- Career 4 (1st)
- 69 (6th)
LONGEST NON-SCORING INTERCEPTION RETURN
- 72 (2nd)
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Tyrone "Chicken" Braxton.