J.W."Red" Brodnax was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 15th round (175th overall) of the 1959 NFL Draft. The Fullback played 14 games for the Broncos in 1960, with 18 yards on 15 carries and 5 catches for 39 yards and one touchdown. He also returned 5 kickoffs for a 23,4 average. Red was probably best known for being a member of LSU’s 1958 national championship team.
Haynes has a pretty strong case for this accolade, and in a different circumstance he would likely be the recipient, but the Greatest Bronco to wear #36 is an easy choice:
- 3-Time Pro Bowl selection (1977-78, ‘81)
- 4 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns (2nd)
- 61 Takeaways (40 Interceptions/21 Fumbles Recovered) 1st
- 40 Career Interceptions (3rd)
- 7 Career Defensive touchdowns (3 INT/4 FR)
- 3 Career Interception touchdowns
- 784 Career interception return yardage (1st)
- 19.6-yard average (2nd)
- 1,814 Punt Return yards (2nd)
- 11.6 Punt Return average (7th)
- 25.1 Kickoff Return average (3rd)
- Inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1987
For his part in Denver Broncos history, MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Billy Thompson as the Greatest Bronco to wear the #36 jersey.