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On This Day in Broncos History: December 5

Does the name "Penrose" ring a bell?


December 5, 1976 - Denver QB Craig Penrose made his first career NFL start in his third game of being active for the Denver Broncos. Penrose had been drafted by the Broncos in the 4th round of the 1976 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he was active for only four games in 1976 and amassed statistics in only three. His first start came in Week 13 as the Broncos hosted the Kansas City Chiefs. In that game, Penrose completed 11 of 27 passes for 176 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Both of his touchdowns came in the first half. The first was an 8-yard completion to WR Haven Moses in the first quarter. The second came in the second quarter on a 29-yard completion to TE Riley Odoms. Despite those two scores, Denver trailed 16-14 at the half. A fourth quarter field goal by Jim Turner gave the Broncos a 17-16 victory and Craig Penrose his first win as an NFL quarterback.