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Denver Broncos Greats... By The Numbers: #95

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Thirteen players wore #95 for the Denver Broncos in the franchise's history. All of them played on the Defensive side of the line of scrimmage. Five were Defensive Tackles, four were Defensive Ends, two were Linebackers and two played a hybrid Linebacker/Defensive Lineman position. Check out the lineup for the Greatest Bronco to wear #95.

Darrell Reid OLB/DE 2009
Josh Shaw DT 2008
Sam Adams DT 2007
Marco Coleman DE 2005
Anton Palepoi DE 2004
Kavika Pittman DE 2000-02
Paul Grasmanis DT 1999
Marvin Washington DE 1998
Michael Dean Perry DT 1995-97
Alphonso Taylor DT 1993
Jeroy Robinson LB 1990
Steve Bryan LB/DE 1987-88
Tim Joiner LB 1987

Tim Joiner was drafted by the Oilers in the 3rd round (58th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft. He spent 2 seasons in Houston and joined the Broncos in 1987. Joiner started all 3 games he played in Denver, but did not record a stat.

Steve Bryan was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 5th round (120th overall) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He started 3 of 4 games with the Broncos as a replacement player during the 1987 NFL Player Strike. Steve's 2nd year saw him with number 95 on his back. He played in 8 games during the 1988 season and recovered one Fumble.
Jeroy Robinson was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 4th round (82nd overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He played 6 years that season, 3 with the Broncos and another 3 with the Phoenix Cardinals.

Alphonso Taylor was signed by the Broncos as an Undrafted Free Agent out of Temple University in 1993. He played 3 games in Denver that year.

Paul Grasmanis was drafted by the Bears in the 4th round (116th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played for Chicago from 1996-1998. In 1999, Grasmanis spent one week with the St. Louis Rams and was then placed on waivers. The Broncos picked him up and Paul played from Week 10 through the end of the season, but was Inactive for Weeks 14 and 15. He made 7 Tackles in 5 games with Denver in 1999. Grasmanis signed with the Eagles in 2000, played 5 years and then retired before the 2006 season because of persistent injuries.

Josh Shaw was drafted by the 49ers in the 5th round (172nd overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played in San Francisco in 2002, Miami in 2004 and Oakland in 2007. Shaw became a Bronco in 2008, played in 5 games and made 2 Tackles.

Sam Adams was drafted by the Seahawks in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft. He spent 6 years in Seattle, then had 2 Pro Bowl seasons with the Ravens. Adams played a year in Oakland, then moved over to the Buffalo Bills for 3 years and earning his 3rd Pro Bowl berth. Sam was with the Bengal in 2006 and finally, in his last season, became a Bronco in 2007. He started all 11 games he was in, with 9 Tackles and 1 pass deflection.

Marco Coleman was drafted by the Dolphins in the 1st round (12th overall) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He played 4 years in Miami, 3 years in San Diego, 3 years in Washington (with a Pro Bowl appearance), and one year each with Jacksonville and Philadelphia before joining the Broncos in 2004. In that first season with Denver, Marco wore #92. He switched to #95 for the 2005 season and played 7 games, with 9 Tackles one Sack and one pass deflection. Coleman retired at the end of the season.

Anton Palepoi was drafted by the Seahawks in the 2nd round (60th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He spent 2 years in Seattle, but fell out of favor and was released at the end of Training Camp in 2004. Denver picked Palepoi up off the waiver wire and he collected 20 Tackles and 3 Sacks in 12 games for the Broncos. He was re-signed to the Restricted Free Agent tender of $656,323 for 1 year on April 22, 2005 ans was later released for good that September.
Darrell Reid was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an Undrafted Free Agent in 2005 out of Minnesota. He played Defensive Tackle, Fullback in goal line situations and stood out on Special Teams with an average of 12.5 Tackles per season. Reid won a championship Ring in 2006 from Super Bowl XLI as a Colt. On February 28, 2009 Darrell signed a 3-year, $6.8 million contract with the Broncos. That year, he played in all 16 games (0 starts), with 14 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 pass deflections, 2 Forced Fumbles and 2 Fumble recoveries. Reid was released by the Broncos on September 4th, 2010 and he is currently a Free Agent. He has a charity called Darrell Reid's Footz Foundation. It's mission is to educate, empower and inspire youth to believe and achieve.

Marvin Washington was drafted by the Jets in the 6th round (151st overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft. He played in New York from 1989-1996, San Francisco in 1997 and became a Bronco in 1998. Marvin didn't start, but he played in all 16 games in 1998, with 23 Tackles and 2 Sacks. He was a part of Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII championship team. Washington played one more year in the league, ending his career with the San Francisco 49ers in 1999.

Michael Dean Perry was drafted by the Browns in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. The younger brother of William "Refrigerator" Perry, Michael Dean played 7 seasons in Cleveland. He was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year in 1989, earned 5 trips to the Pro Bowl and was twice named 1st-Team All-Pro. The Broncos signed Perry to a Free Agent contract in 1995 and he played in Denver through 1997. Michael started all 38 games at Left Defensive End, with 81 Tackles, 9.5 Sacks, Forced 3 Fumbles and recovered one. He went to the Pro Bowl in 1996. Michael appeared in one game with the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring for good. He currently works at Jughead's in downtown Clemson.

Kavika Pittman was drafted by the Cowboys in the 2nd round (37th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft. He played 4 seasons in Dallas from 1996-99. Kavika signed a Free Agent contract to play for the Broncos in 2000. He recorded a new career high of 7 sacks that first season in Denver. From 2000-02, Pittman was the starting Right Defensive End for the Denver Broncos. In those 3 years, he played 45 games, recording 100 Tackles, 8 Sacks, 2 pass deflections, 2 Forced Fumbles and 2 Fumble recoveries. The Broncos waived him in February of 2003. Kavika then signed with the Panthers. During Week 2 against Tampa Bay, Bucs Wide Receiver Keenan McCardell threw a chop block on Pittman. The hit tore both the ACL and MCL in Kavika's left knee on the play, and he was lost for the season. The league fined McCardell $12,500 for the hit. Pittman rehabilitated the knee, but fortune wasn't on his side. During the 2004 Preseason, he tore the ACL on his left knee once again and was forced to retire.

There is not much to choose from in this group. Darrell Reid had pretty good production for one year as a part time player. Marvin Washington played the same amount of time as Reid and he won a Super Bowl Ring. Michael Dean Perry was a 3-year starter and went to a Pro Bowl. Kavika Pittman played 3 seasons as well, without any Pro Bowls, but similar stats as Perry. To me, it should be between Pittman and Perry. You can decide this one MHR.

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