Eighteen players wore #84 for the Denver Broncos in the history of the franchise. Eleven Wide Receivers, three Tight Ends, two Linebackers, a Tackle and a Halfback. It's pretty much a foregone conclusion who takes the prize for this number, just by virtue of his induction to the Hall of Fame. However, I will spend some time telling you of the other players who wore the same jersey. Here is the list:
- He led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,448 yards for the 2010 season. For this, he was named 2nd Team All-Pro and was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl. The 1,448 receiving yards rank 2nd in club history
- He led the NFL with 18 catches of 25+ yards and finished 2nd with nine catches of 40+ yards
- Set career single-season highs in every statistical category
- His 18.8 yards per catch led the league in receiving average (min. 65 rec.) and ranked 4th in NFL history for a season (min. 75 rec.)
- Tied for 2nd in the NFL with six 100+ yard games in 2010
- Tied for 2nd in the league with 3 multi-receiving touchdown games
- His 11 receiving touchdowns tied for 5th best in franchise history
Jason Franci went Undrafted out of Cal State-Santa Barbara. He signed with the Broncos in 1966 as a Wide Receiver and played 10 games with one 8-yard catch for the year.
Lou Andrus was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 11th round (269th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft. He played 8 games for the Broncos in 1967.
Mike Haffner went Undrafted out of UCLA. He joined the Broncos in 1968 and played 3 seasons in Denver through 1970. Haffner started 16 of 34 games at Wide Receiver, making 59 catches for 991 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 3 times for 3 yards and completed an 18-yard pass for the Broncos.
Rod Sherman was drafted by the Baltimore Colts in the 4th round (54th overall) of the 1966 NFL Draft. He spent 1967 with the Raiders and 1968 with the Bengals before rejoining Oakland from 1969-71. Rod became a Bronco in 1972 and started 13 of 14 games that year. He had 38 catches for 661 yards, a 17.4 average and 3 touchdowns. Sherman also had one carry for 2 yards, 10 punt returns for an 8.9 yard average, a Fumble and a Fumble Recovery.
Vince Kinney was drafted by the Broncos in the 10th round (277th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. He played Wide Receiver from 1978-79 in Denver. In 23 games, Vince caught one 23-yard pass and returned a kickoff 14 yards.
Even with all the data amassed by the preceding seventeen players, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Greatest Bronco to wear #84 is...
Shannon Sharpe was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (192nd overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played college ball at Savannah State where he played Wide Receiver. When he got to Training Camp, the Bronco coaches saw how big he was and converted him to Tight End. Shannon played 12 seasons for the Broncos (1990-99, 2002-03) with 2 years as a Raven (2000-01) in between. He won 3 Super Bowl Rings and finished his career as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions (815), receiving yards (10,060) and receiving touchdowns (62) by a Tight End. That is until 2008, when Tony Gonzalez surpassed all 3 records, including his total yardage record. Sharpe holds the distinction of being the 1st Tight End ever to achieve over 10,000 receiving yards.
- 8-Time Pro Bowl selection (1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001)
- 4-Time 1st-team All-Pro selection (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998)
- 1-Time 2nd-team All-Pro selection (1995)
- 3-Time Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII, XXXV)
- NFL 1990s All-Decade Team
- Denver Broncos Ring of Fame (2009)
- NFL Hall of Fame (2011)
- Tied Most Consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (7)
- 2nd Career Receptions (675)
- 2nd Career Receiving yards (8,439)
- 2nd Career Receiving touchdowns (55)
- 1st Most Receiving Yards in a Game (214)
- Tied Most TD's in a game (3) 3-Times
- 4th Most Total Yards from Scrimmage Career (8,448)
- 5th Most Combined Yardage Career (8,448)