Twenty players wore the #86 jersey for the Denver Broncos in the history of the franchise. Eleven Wide Receivers, seven Tight Ends, a Defensive End and an Offensive End. As I have done in the past, there are three players at the end of the story for you to choose from for this honor. I will make my choice and we shall see if you agree. Here is the lineup.
Jerry Hendren was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (89th overall) of the 1970 NFL Draft. He played 10 games for the Broncos that year, returning 8 kickoffs for 197 yards, a 24.6 average.
Marv Frazier played Wide Receiver for the Broncos from 1973-75. He played college ball at Cheyney State (Pennsylvania). I could find no other evidence of his existence.
John Schultz went Undrafted out of Maryland. In 1976, he became a Bronco and wore #84 for his rookie year. He switched to #86 for the 1977-78 seasons and played in 18 games. Schultz returned one punt 11 yards and 6 kickoffs 135 yards, a 22.5 average.
Emery Moorehead was drafted by the New York Giants in the 6th round (153rd overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft. He played with the Giants for 3 seasons, joining the Broncos in 1980. That year, Emery appeared in all 16 games and carried the ball twice for 7 yards. He also returned a kickoff 18 yards. Moorehead moved on at the end of the season to Chicago. He stayed with the Bears for another 8 years before retiring at the end of the 1988 season.
Dean Barnett was signed by the Broncos as an Undrafted Free Agent out of UNLV in 1983. He played in 8 games that year.
Mitch Andrews was an Undrafted Free Agent out of LSU. He signed with the Broncos in 1987 and started 3 of 8 games at Tight End. Mitch caught 4 passes for 53 yards and no touchdowns.
Pat Kelly was drafted by the Broncos in the 7th round (174th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played 2 years in Denver in two different jerseys. In Pat's rookie season, he wore #86, played in all 16 games and had 1 reception for 4 yards. 1989 saw a switch to #87 and the same results. He played with the New York Jets from 1990-91 before retiring.
Chris Verhulst was drafted by the Oilers in the 5th round (130th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. He played 2 years in Houston and then came to Denver in 1990, his only season with the Broncos. Verhulst started 1 of 11 games at Tight End, with 3 catches for 13 yards.
Brian Clark was an Undrafted Free Agent out of North Carolina State, who signed with the Broncos in 2006. He wore #19 that year and made the switch to #86 in 2007. Clark played in 4 games for the Broncos that season. He had 3 kickoff returns for a 23.3 average, caught 4 passes for 23 yards and Fumbled twice. Brian finished 2007 in Tampa Bay, where he played one game, then stayed with the Buccaneers through 2009 before moving to Detroit for the 2010 season. Clark currently plays for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.
"He's been an integral part of my success in my career, from being me around 10 years. I basically learned everything about the tight end position from him. He taught me how to be a professional and how to be a successful tight end in this league."
So we have Arthur Marshall--2 seasons, 3rd Receiver numbers, untouchable passing stats and a good punt returner. Patrick Hape--4 seasons, excellent blocker and versatile player that was an outstanding locker room presence and the 1st player to score a touchdown at Invesco. Byron Chamberlain--6 seasons, 72 catches and two Rings as a backup behind a Hall of Fame player. For me, the choice is Chamberlain. What is your choice?