Seventeen players wore #83 for the Denver Broncos in team history. Ten Wide Receivers, four Tight Ends, two Defensive Linemen and a Cornerback. The odds favor the Wide-outs in this discussion, but let's see how the story unfolds. Here are the candidates.
Ray Jacobs was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the 1st round (7th overall) of the 1962 AFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys in the 17th round (228th overall) of the 1962 NFL Draft. He spurned both teams and the NFL to play 4 seasons for the Denver Broncos from 1963-1966. Jacobs started 21 games at Left Defensive End and 25 games at Left Defensive Tackle, earning 2nd Team All-AFL honors from the Associated Press in 1965. He also played for the Miami Dolphins from 1967-1968 and the Boston Patriots in 1969.
Young's 70-yard touchdown reception was one of the biggest plays in the Denver Broncos' 37-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the AFC championship game. As a Bronco from 1989-92, Young started 14 of 51 games, with 95 catches for 1,427 yards, a 15.0 average, 8 touchdowns and one Fumble."It's good to have a receiving corps like we have right now with the four receivers," said Johnson, who had 52 catches for 878 yards at the time. "They can't just double up on one guy. That's why I'm having such a good year."
"One day (at Training Camp) I just picked up a ball and snapped it to (punter) Craig Hentrich. The Special-Teams coach, Alan Lowry, noticed something in that snap and told me, 'A tight end who snaps can stay in this league a lot longer than a tight end who punts.' "
Leach has never caught an NFL pass, but his value as a Long Snapper has been remarkable. As it turns out, that initiative he showed in a Tennessee Training Camp was a great career move. And considering one bad snap on Special Teams can be a big difference in the outcome of a game, okay that and his service time, Mike Leach wins this by the nose of a football.
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Mike Leach as the Greatest Bronco to wear #83.