John Hoffman was signed by the Redskins in 1969 as an Undrafted Free Agent out of Hawaii and USC. He spent 2 years in Washington, then played one year in Chicago before joining the Broncos for 2 games (1 start) in 1972.
Bob Moore was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 5th round (123rd overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft. He spent 5 seasons in Oakland and two in Tampa Bay before joining the Broncos in 1978. Moore played one year in Denver, starting 2 of 8 games and compiling no recordable stats.
Bill Larson was an Undrafted Free Agent out of Colorado State, who signed with the 49ers in 1975. He played in San Francisco for one season. Larson was out of the league in 1976 and split time between the Detroit Lions and the Washington Redskins in 1977. 1978 saw Bill with the Philadelphia Eagles and then another hiatus in 1979. Finally, in 1980, he played 9 games with the Green Bay Packers and 2 games with the Broncos. Larson caught one 7-yard pass with Denver. MHR member wtnelson added this: Today he works as an EMT and info guy for Denver fire. He also has taught First- Aid courses, and he’s active with his family in the Windsor community.
Jason Johnson was an Undrafted Free Agent out of Illinois State who the Broncos signed in 1988. Johnson appeared in 8 games, returned 14 Kickoffs for a 20.9 average, one Punt for 5 yards, rushed for 3 yards on one carry and caught a 6-yard pass. He lost one Fumble and recovered one.
Pat Kelly was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 7th round (174th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. You might be feeling a bit of Deja Vu since he wore #86 during his rookie year. In 1989, Kelly started 1 of 16 games, caught a 3-yard pass, returned one Kickoff 4 yards and Fumbled once.
James Wright was drafted by the Falcons in the 7th round (179th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft. He was with Atlanta for 2 seasons and became a Bronco in 1980 and stayed through 1985. Wright started 31 of 64 games in those 6 years, caught 64 passes for 640 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 carries for (-4) yards, Fumbling twice and recovering two.
- 3× Super Bowl champion (XXIX, XXXII, XXXIII)
- 1× Pro Bowl selection (1998)
- 1× All-Pro selection (1998)
- 2-Three Touchdown Games
- 18-100 Yard Games
- 4-Time 60+ catch Seasons
- 3-1,000 yard seasons
- 4th Most Career Receptions (462)
- 4th Most Career Receiving Yards (6,200)
- 4th Most Receiving Yards, Season (1,317)
- 3rd Most Career Touchdown Receptions (46)
- 2nd Most Consecutive Games with a Reception (68)
- Led the Team in touchdown catches (1998-2000)
- Led the Team in Receptions for a then Bronco record (101). Rod Smith caught 113 the next year (2001), while Ed was recovering from the broken leg.
- AFL All-Time 2nd Team
- 3-Time Pro Bowler (1968, 1969, 1970)
- 3-Time 1st Team All-Pro (1968, 1969, 1970)
- Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (1975)
- Inaugural class of inductees into the Broncos' "Ring of Fame" (1984 along with Goose Gonsoulin, Floyd Little, and Lionel Taylor)
Lionel Taylor was an Undrafted rookie signed by the Chicago Bears out of New Mexico Highlands University in 1959. He played 8 games with the NFL Bears before moving to the Denver Broncos of the AFL in 1960. Relegated to Special Teams, he became unhappy with his role in Chicago and joined the expansion Denver Broncos of the fledgling American Football League in 1960. Lionel began as the 4th string receiver on the roster. He used to play catch with Frank Tripucka, who was a Broncos Assistant Coach at the time. The quarterbacks on the roster in Training Camp were sorely lacking in talent, so Tripucka was badgered into the starting job. Frank told the Denver staff that Taylor could catch anything thrown his way, so Lionel was promoted to the starting spot at Split End.
He had a saying about hearing footsteps when going across the middle to catch a pass,
"If you catch the ball, it only hurts half as much when you get hit."
His 1965 Topps Football card had this to say on the back:
"Third in the league last year in pass receptions, Lionel has perhaps the finest hands in football. No catch is considered impossible for this star. He has excellent leadership qualities and is highly respected both as a player and by many teammates and opponents."
- 4-Time 1st Team All-Pro (1960, 1961, 1962, 1965)
- First Player to Catch 100 Passes (1961)
- AFL's all-time reception leader (567)
- A member of the AFL Hall of Fame
- Denver Broncos Ring of Fame (Inaugural member)
- Colorado Sports Hall Of Fame
- New Mexico Highlands Hall Of Fame
- 24-100 yard Games
- 4 Seasons with 1,000+ yards receiving
- 2nd Most 100 100yard Games in a Season (7)
- 1st (Tie) Most consecutive 100 yard Games (3)
- 6-Time Team leader in Receptions (1960-65)
- 3-Time Team leader in scoring (1960,1963-64)
- 3rd Most Career Receptions (543)
- 3rd Most Career Receiving Yards (6,872)
- 4th (Tie) Most Touchdown Receptions, Career (44)
- 1st (Tie) Most Consecutive Games with a Touchdown Catch (6)
- 3rd Most Consecutive Games with a Reception (62)
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Lionel Taylor as the Greatest Bronco to wear #87.