Twelve players wore #88 in the past for the Denver Broncos and another is wearing it at present. Eight Tight Ends, three Wide Receivers, one Split End and a Flanker. There looks to be some decent competition for this honor, which always makes the selection more difficult. Here are the candidates.
Sir Mawn Wilson played his college ball at Syracuse University. He joined the Broncos as n Undrafted Free Agent in 1997 and was signed to the Practice Squad after Training Camp. He was promoted to the 53-man roster and appeared in 2 games, without recording a stat. The only thing Sir Mawn Wilson did receive was a Super Bowl Ring in 1997. Some guys have all the luck.
Desmond Clark was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 6th round (179th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played 3 seasons for the Broncos through 2001, starting 6 of 41 games. Des caught 79 passes for 910 yards, an 11.5 average and 9 touchdowns. Clark also returned a Kickoff 11 yards and Fumbled 3 times. The Broncos waived him in the 2002 preseason. Desmond, who was nursing an arm injury at the time, signed with the Dolphins and spent one season with them before joining the Chicago Bears in 2003. He was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2005 and in 2006, Clark helped the Bears win the NFC Championship and a trip to Super Bowl XLI with 45 catches, 626 yards and 6 touchdowns. He remains a Bear to this day.
Jeb Putzier was drafted by the Broncos in the 6th round (191st overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played 4 seasons in Denver from 2002-05 wearing #88. Jeb started 10 of 39 games, with 77 catches for 1,087 yards, a 14.1 average, 2 touchdowns and a 2-point conversion. He also had one 16-yard Kick return, one Fumble and one Fumble Recovery.
Al Denson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 6th round (47th overall) of the 1964 AFL Draft and the Philadelphia Eagles in the 6th round (72nd overall) of the 1964 NFL Draft. Denson chose Denver and went on to play 7 seasons with the Broncos from 1964-70 as a Flanker/Tight End/Split End and Wide Receiver. Al started 34 of 91 games, catching 250 passes for 4,150 yards, a 16.6 average and 32 touchdowns, He ran for 3 yards on 3 carries and Fumbled twice. Denson made the Pro Bowl at the end of the 1967 and 1969 seasons. He also led the AFL in touchdown catches in 1967 with 11. Denson ran the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds. His tremendous speed and agility made him a threat to score every time he had the ball.
Al Denson had pretty good numbers for his era. In fact, for a comparable amount of time, Hall of Famer Mike Ditka's numbers weren't very much better. However, Ditka played played twice as long though and that doesn't compute. Even that comes up shy of this next player.
The Greatest Bronco to wear #88 is...
- 4-Time Pro Bowler (1973, 1974, 1975, 1978)
- 2-Time 1st-Team All-Pro (1974, 1975)
- 2nd team-offense on the Broncos 50th anniversary Team.
- 6-100 yard Games
- 5-Seasons with 40+ catches
- 1st in Team Receptions (1973, 1974, 1977, 1978)
- 1st in Team Receiving Yardage (1975)
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Riley Odoms as the Greatest Bronco to wear #88.