Fourteen players wore #78 in Denver Broncos history. Seven Offensive Linemen, five Defensive Ends, a Defensive Tackle and a Linebacker. Here are the candidates for the Greatest Bronco to wear #78.
Marvin Davis was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 15th round (205th overall) of the 1965 NFL Draft. He played one game with the Broncos in 1966.
Ken Criter signed with the Broncos in 1969 as an Undrafted Free Agents out of Wisconsin. Criter had a 6-year career with the Broncos, wearing two different jerseys. In his first 2 seasons, he wore #78. Ken started 1 of 28 games, returned 5 kickoffs for a 10.2 average and recovered one Fumble. Criter wore #53 from 1971-74.
Bruce Radford was drafted by the Broncos in the 3rd round (77th overall) of the 1979 NFL Draft. He played 16 games for Denver in 1979, recovering one Fumble. Radford spent the next 2 seasons with Tampa Bay and St. Louis.
Archie Harris was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 7th round (193rd overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played in 3 games for the Broncos that season, his only one in the NFL.
Don Maggs was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 2nd round (29th overall) of the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft. He played six seasons for the Oilers before joining the Broncos in 1993. Don started 3 of 16 games in his two years with Denver.
Larry Jackson career spanned 4 seasons playing in both the NFL and NFL Europe. Jackson played for the Denver Broncos (1995), Arizona Cardinals (1996) and Miami Dolphins (1996-97), and later was allocated to NFL Europe where he played one season for the Barcelona Dragons (1998). He is now the Director of Sports Performance at the University of Houston.
Marv Montgomery was drafted by Denver in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. He played 5 years and part of a 6th with the Broncos, starting 32 of 57 games, mostly at Left Tackle from 1971-76.
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Matt Lepsis as the Greatest Bronco to wear #78.