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Denver Broncos Greats... By The Numbers: #67

Thirteen Broncos wore the #67 jersey in franchise history. Six Offensive Guards, four Offensive Tackles, a Center, a Linebacker and a Defensive Tackle. The lineup looks like this:
Kory Lichtensteiger C 2008
Mark Campbell DT 1996
Ken Lanier T 1994
Doug Widell G 1989-92
John Ayers G 1987
Dean Miraldi T 1985
Keith Uecker T 1982-83
Steve Schindler G 1977-78
Carl Schaukowitch G 1975
George Goeddeke G 1967-72
Robert McCullough G 1962-65
Jack Simpson LB 1961
John Hatley T 1960

John Hatley was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 16th round (185th overall) of the 1953 NFL Draft. He joined the Broncos in 1960, appearing in 14 games.

Jack Simpson was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 21st round (246th overall) of the 1958 NFL Draft. There are no records of him back then, but he joined the Broncos in 1961. Jack played 6 games in Denver and then turned traitor and finished his career in Oakland from 1962-64.

Carl Schaukowitch was drafted by the New York Giants in the 15th round (381st overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft. He started 2 of 11 games for the Broncos in 1975.

Steve Schindler was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1977 NFL Draft. He started 4 of 28 games in Denver from 1977-78.

Mark Campbell was selected by the Denver Broncos in the 3rd Round (78 overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. A Defensive Tackle out of Florida, Campbell never saw the field for the Broncos, but played 5 games in 1997 for the Arizona Cardinals. That Mark wasn't even expected to be drafted is a testimony to Mike Shanahan's failure to upgrade the Defense.

Keith Uecker was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 9th round (243rd overall) of the 1982 NFL Draft. He played 2 seasons (1982-83) with the Broncos, starting 2 of 21 games and returned one kickoff 12 yards. After his time in Denver, Keith went on to play six more years with the Green Bay Packers.

Dean Miraldi was rafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2nd round (55th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. He played 3 seasons in Philadelphia before coming to Denver in 1985. Dean appeared in 10 games that year for the Broncos.

John Ayers was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the 8th round (223rd overall) of the 1976 NFL Draft. He spent 10 seasons in San Francisco before joining the Broncos in 1987. That year, Ayers started 5 of 9 games, recovering one Fumble.

Ken Lanier was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round (125th overall) of the 1981 NFL Draft. In 1994, he returned from a 1-year backslide in Oakland to play 4 games for the Broncos in the last season of a 14-year career. Ken spent the other 12 years his career in Denver wearing the #76 jersey and we will revisit him at that time.

Kory Lichtensteiger was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (108th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft. He appeared in 16 games with the Broncos and was waived on September 4, 2009. The Minnesota Vikings picked him up off of waivers and Kory's tryout lasted for 3 weeks before he was back on waivers. Lichtensteiger signed a futures contract with the Washington Redskins in January of 2010 and is still with the team.

Robert McCullough went Undrafted out of Colorado. He signed with the Broncos in 1962 and played 56 games in 4 seasons with Denver from 1962-65. Bob's lone accomplishment was catching a 1-yard pass in 1965.

George Goeddeke was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 3rd round (59th overall) of the 1967 NFL Draft. He played his entire 6-year career in Denver from 1967-72. George started 55 of 66 games primarily at Left Guard, although in 1971 he was the starting Center for all 12 games. Goeddeke recovered two Fumbles and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969.

Doug Widell was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2nd round (41st overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played 4 seasons at Guard from 1989-92. Doug was a starter for the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXIV and played alongside his brother Dave at Boston College and with the Broncos. He started 58 of 64 games at both Guard positions and recovered 4 Fumbles. Doug also caught one pass, but lost 7-yards on the play. Widell went on to play for the Green Bay Packers (1993), Detroit Lions (1994-1995) and Indianapolis Colts (1996-1997).

It's too close to call here, so I'm going to let you decide between McCullough, Goeddeke and Widell. The winner gets a Mile High Salute from MHR.

Go Broncos!