James "Jimmy" Smith was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 10th round (244th overall) of the 1969 NFL Draft. He appeared in 2 games for the Broncos in 1969.
George Atkinson was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 7th round (190th overall) of the 1968 NFL Draft. He played in Oakland for 10 seasons before coming to Denver. George was a notable player for the Raiders, making 2 Pro Bowls and being one of the cheap shot players that gave Oakland the reputation of being thugs. He didn't do anything for the Broncos in the 6 games he played in Denver.
Darius Clark was signed to the Broncos Practice Squad on Sept. 3rd 2001. He was promoted to the active Roster on October 23, 2001. Clark suffered a torn ACL on December 10, 2001 and was placed on Injured Reserve. Darius underwent surgery and was expected to be ready for Training Camp. He appeared to be recovering well after backpedaling and covering receivers during OTA's in May 2002. Nevertheless Clark was released on Aug 26, 2002 after playing only 7 games in 2 years for the Broncos.
- 9 Pro Bowls (1997,1999, 2000-02, 2004-2007)
- 2 1st-Team All-Pro selection (1999, 2000)
- 2 2nd-Team All-Pro selection (2001, 2002)
- Super Bowl champion (XXXVII)
- Bart Starr Man of the Year Award (2006)
- "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year (2006)
Well MHR, I think Willhite and Lynch should each be considered for the Greatest Bronco to wear #47. I'll tell you what though, this time YOU will decide who gets the accolade. So who will it be, Willhite or Lynch?
Either way, John Lynch and Gerald Willhite both deserve a Mile High Salute.