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Eight players wore #91 for the Denver Broncos in franchise history. All of them were Defensive Linemen. That's the good news. The bad news is, there are only eight numbers to go. Here are the candidates for the Greatest Bronco to wear #91.
Ebenezer Ekuban was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1st round (20th overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played through his 5-year contract in Dallas and moved on to the Cleveland Browns, where he played the 2004 season. In 2005, Ekuban was acquired by the Broncos along with fellow Defensive Lineman Michael Myers from the Browns in exchange for Reuben Droughns. He spent 3 seasons over 4 years in Denver. Ebenezer missed the entire 2007 season due to a torn right Achilles' tendon that occurred in a preseason game against the Cowboys. In all, Ekuban started 29 of 46 games at both Defensive End positions. He contributed 128 Tackles, 16 Sacks, 3 pass deflections, one Forced Fumble and two Fumble recoveries. When Josh McDaniels became the Broncos head coach, he hired Mike Nolan as the Defensive Coordinator and changed the team's Defensive scheme to a 3-4. That made Ekuban expendable since he wasn't big enough to play Defensive End and not fast enough for an Outside Linebacker in the 3-4. Ebenezer visited the Oakland Raiders in the Spring of 2009 for a tryout, but didn't sign with them, so he is currently a Free Agent. In the Fall 2010, Ekuban joined the football staff at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado as an Assistant Coach.
Alfred Williams was drafted by the Bengals in the 1st round (18th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. He spent 4 years in Cincinnati and one season in San Francisco before coming to Denver in 1996. It was a homecoming of sorts for Big Al, since he played college ball up the road in Boulder for the University of Colorado. Returning to the Rocky Mountain region brought out the best in Alfred. 1996 was a career season for him as he made 56 Tackles, 13 Sacks, Forced 3 Fumbles and recovered one while starting all 16 games at Right Defensive End. That was enough to earn him a Pro Bowl selection as well as 1st Team All-Pro status. It was to be the only All-Star recognition that Williams would receive, but the 2 championship Rings he won in Denver for Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII were the cap to his 9-year career. After 4 years as a Bronco, Big Al retired after the 1999 season. He is currently a sports talk radio show host on FM Sportsradio 104.3 The FAN in Denver. In the Orange and Blue, Alfred Williams started 38 of 49 games. He collected 131 Tackles, 28.5 Sacks, Forced 6 Fumbles, and recovered two Fumbles, returning one 51 yards for a touchdown in 1997. He was named to the 2nd-team defense on the Broncos 50th Anniversary Team in 2009.
MHR gives a Mile High Salute to Alfred Williams as the Greatest Bronco to wear #91.