Twenty two players wore #85 in the history of the Denver Broncos. Eleven Wide Receivers, nine Tight Ends, a Linebacker and a Split End. I can tell you right now, this will be a strung out post filled with Plain Jane's with a couple of Diva's thrown in. Number 85 was the Broncos version of Area 51. Don't believe me? Read on.
Joey Hackett went Undrafted out of Elon University in 1986. He signed with the Broncos and started 4 of 16 games at Tight End that year, with 3 receptions for 48 yards. He also recovered one Fumble. Hackett moved on to play for the Green Bay Packers from 1987-88 before returning.
Chris Doering was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 6th round (185th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played his first 2 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Broncos in 1999. Chris appeared in 3 games and caught 3 passes for 22 yards in his only season in Denver. Doering played three more seasons upon leaving the Broncos. One in Washington and two in Pittsburgh.
Tom Beer was drafted by the Broncos in the 2nd round (32nd overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft. He played 3 seasons in Denver from 1967-69, starting 21 of 37 games. Beer made 40 catches for 631 yards, a 15.8 average and one touchdown. He also returned one kickoff 10 yards and recovered a Fumble.
Willie Green was drafted by the Lions in the 8th round (194th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He spent 3 years in Detroit, another in Tampa Bay and 2 more with the Carolina Panthers before joining the Broncos in 1997. Willie played 2 seasons in Denver, starting 1 of 31 games, He made 35 receptions for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns. Green won 2 Rings as part of the Broncos Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII Championships.
Ashley Lelie was drafted by the Broncos in the 1st round (19th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent 4 seasons in Denver from 2002-05. Ashley started 40 of 64 games as the #2 Wide Receiver, opposite Rod Smith. He had 168 receptions for 3,007 yards, a 19.9 average and 12 touchdowns. Lelie also ran the ball for 172 yards on 20 carries for an 8.6 average. In 2004 and 2005, he led the league in Yards per Catch with 20.1 and 18.3 respectively. His best season came in 2004 when he had 54 catches for 1,084 yards and 7 touchdowns. At the onset of the 2006 season, Lelie began the diva act that got him released from the Broncos.
So we have Ron Egloff, a Tight End who played 7 seasons while catching a reasonable amount of passes for his era and despite being behind Riley Odoms and who went to the first Bronco Super Bowl appearance. Then we have Tom Beer, a Split End who started 21 games in 3 years. Derek Russell, who played 4 years with 102 catches and 37 kick returns. Willie Green, who started 1 game in 2 seasons, but also won two Super Bowl Rings. Finally, there's Ashley Lelie, a diva who played 4 seasons starting 40 games and compiling 168 catches, 3,007 yards and 12 scores.