Eighteen players wore the #54 jersey in the history of the Denver Broncos. Seventeen Linebackers and a Guard. Before we begin, I have to tell you, the Guard might win here. The list of applicants in consideration for the Greatest Bronco to wear #54 is...
- Former US President George Bush Sr was his baseball coach when he was a kid.
- He played college ball at Oklahoma as a Kicker, End, and Fullback.
- Kicked the 6th-longest punt in NCAA history for 91 yards.
- 2-time NWA American champion
- 5-time NWA United States champion and NWA National Heavyweight champion.
- Had a large impact on the career of Ric Flair.
- Inducted into the WCW Hall of Fame on May 21st, 1995.
- Inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2010.
Ed Cummings played 14 games at Middle Linebacker for Denver in 1965, but didn't have any recordable stats.
Ron Sbranti was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 9th round (76th overall) of the 1966 AFL Draft and the San Francisco 49ers in the 10th round (147th overall) of the 1966 NFL Draft. He played 14 games for the Broncos in 1966.
Chip Myrtle played 5 of his 6 years with the Broncos wearing #54 (1967-72). During 1968 he wore #89 for some reason, but switched back to #54 the following year. In his time with the Broncos, Myrtle started 39 of 68 games, had 4 interceptions, 7 Fumble Recoveries and 1 Safety. He also had 2 kick returns for 1 yard.
Mike Lemon was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 6th round (149th overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft. He played in 2 games for the Saints and 1 game for the Broncos in 1975, compiling no stats. He played the next 2 seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring.
Richard Baska played in 18 games for the Broncos in 1976-77 and recovered one Fumble.
Keith Traylor was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 3rd round (61st overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He started 5 of 32 games during the 1991-92 seasons wearing #54 with the Broncos. Traylor made 66 Tackles, 1 Sack, Forced one Fumble and had a 13-yard kick return. Keith played for Green Bay (1993) and Kansas City (1995-96) before another 4 years with the Broncos, but this time he wore #94 and won two Super Bowl Rings.
Mitch Donahue was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 4th round (95th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played 2 seasons for the Niners before joining the Broncos. He played 16 games with the Broncos in 1993-94 and made one Tackle.
Britt Hager was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 3rd round (81st overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played 6 seasons in Philly before coming to Denver in 1995. Hager started 5 of 18 games in 2 seasons for the Broncos. He made 39 Tackles, 1 interception and 1 Forced Fumble.
D.D. Lewis played 4 years with the Seattle Seahawks from 2002-2006 and joined the Broncos for the 2007 season. He appeared in 5 games with the Broncos and then returned to Seattle for the last 2 seasons of his career.
Andra Davis was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 5th round (141st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He stayed with the Browns for 7 years. Andra joined the Broncos on February 28, 2009, signing a 2-year contract. In his lone season with the Broncos, Davis started 13 of 16 games, recording 90 tackles, 3 pass deflections and 3.5 sacks. He was released on March 11, 2010.
It seems clear to me that the Greatest Bronco to wear #54 is...
"If I remember correctly, there was a TV timeout," Bishop said as he remembered the AFC championship game. "Our offense was on the field waiting to play, and the Cleveland defense also was out there. They were kind of laughing at the situation we were in, thinking they really had the upper hand."
"I remember saying, 'Look at those bleeps. They don't know it, but we have them right where we want them,' " Bishop said. "It just was spontaneous. The electricity and pressure at that moment were unbelievable."
MHR gives a hearty Mile High Salute to Keith Bishop as the Greatest Bronco to wear #54.