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On This Day in Broncos History: November 4

Donnie Stone scores 3 touchdowns.

Harry How

November 4, 1962 - Over the years, the Broncos have been able to boast a number of remarkable running backs. One running back who is often overlooked, but who helped to pave the way for the Broncos’ many better-known running backs was Donnie Stone. Stone was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 21st round of the 1959 NFL Draft. His first playing experience as a professional did not come, however, until 1961 when he joined the AFL’s Denver Broncos. He played 48 games over 4 seasons, rushed for 1273 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns, logged 813 receiving yards and 7 receiving touchdowns. He even threw a touchdown pass during his rookie season.

On November 4, 1962, the Broncos hosted the San Diego Chargers. Stone rushed 15 times for 9 yards. Hardly something to brag about until you realize that he scored 2 rushing touchdowns. In that same game, Stone also caught 4 passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. That passing touchdown -- a 14-yard strike from Frank Tripucka -- gave Denver a 21-20 lead with 12:43 remaining in the game. Denver went on to win 23-20.

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