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The Greatest Denver Bronco Team: Defensive Tackle


Quarterback: John Elway

Backup: Jake Plummer

Running Back: 1)Terrell Davis 2) Floyd Little (Added due to deserving it!)

Wide Receivers (3): Rod Smith, Lionel Taylor, Ed McCaffrey

Offensive Linemen (5): Tom Nalen, Gary Zimmerman, Mark Schlereth, Ryan Clady and Matt Lepsis

Tight Ends - Shannon Sharpe & Riley Odoms


Defensive Line: Elvis Dumervil & Rulon Jones

Time to find the plugs in the middle.

TREVOR PRYCE - 1997-2005

Pryce was drafted by Denver in 1997 28th Overall. He played 9 years at defensive tackle and defensive end. In his rookie season he played in 8 games with 24 tackles and 2 sacks. In his second year. he started 15 games and recorded 8.5 sacks. He was a member of the Broncos Super Bowl XXXIII team. In 1999 Pryce earned his first Pro Bowl trip after a 13 sack season. Up to 2002, Pryce made the Pro Bowl four seasons in a row. After another strong 2003 season playing in his 100th game, Pryce herniated a disk in 2004 and played only two games.

Bronco Stats

121 games

317 Tackles

64 Sacks, 2 Interceptions

6 Forced Fumbles

RUBIN CARTER - 1975-1986

Carter was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round of the 1975 NFL Draft. He played 12 seasons with the Broncos "Orange Crush: defense. If you were looking for a nose tackle for 3-4 defense, Carter is the template. He was only 6'0 256 pounds. He played on 5 AFC West Championship teams and in 2 Super Bowls (1978, 1987). He missed the Super Bowl in 1986 due to injury.

Carter became a full time starter in 1976 when the Broncos went to a 3 man front. The Broncos had been playing around with a 3-4 but finally moved to it full-time. Upon his retirement, Carter had started more games than any other Nose Tackle in NFL history. He suffered a knee injury in 1986 that made it easy for him to retire at age 34.

He stayed on as an assistant coach for the defensive line. He also coached for the Redskins and the Jets. Another claim to fame he got was being on the cover of Sports Illustrated on Oct 17, 1977

Bronco Stats

1036 Tackles
33 Sacks
13 Fumble Recoveries with one TD.

BUD MCFADIN - 1960-1963

McFadin came to the Broncos after being drafted by the LA Rams in the 1st round of the 1951 NFL Draft. He played 56 games for Denver. He returned 2 fumbles for touchdowns. In 1961 and 1962 he was on the 1st-Team ALL-AFL and was an All-Star from 1960-1963. He played both ways sometimes playing tackle or guard on offense. He was 6'3, 260 pounds. In 1983 he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

GREG KRAGEN - 1985-1993

Kragen was undrafted. He tried out for the Broncos but was cut. He was then invited back the following year and made the team. He appeared in 136 games with 116 starts. He recorded 22.5 sacks. He forced 5 fumbles and recovered 12 fumbles with 1 touchdown. He had 708 tackles. He was named to the 1989 Pro Bowl and a 1st Team All Pro Twice in 1989 and 1991. He started in Super Bowls XXI, XXII, and XXIV for the Broncos.

PAUL SMITH - 1968-1978

Paul Smith was the first Bronco to ever be in Denver for at least 10 years. He was drafted by the Broncos in the 9th round of the 1968 Common Draft. Paul went to the Pro Bowl twice in 72 and 73. Smith was part of the first winning season, first playoff berth and first Super Bowl appearance. He started 86 on 133 games with one interception, 55 sacks and recovering 7 fumbles with a touchdown. He was elected to the 2nd team defense of the 50th Anniversary team and inducted in the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986. Paul died of Pancreatic cancer on March 14, 2000.

DAVE COSTA - 1967-1971

Costa was drafted by the LA Rams in the 3rd round 29th overall of the 1963 NFL Draft and by the Raiders in the 7th round in the AFL Draft. He chose Oakland and was selected to the AFL All-Star game. Costa played 3 seasons in Oakland and another in Buffalo before coming to Denver in 1967. He played 5 years with the Broncos starting 56 of 70 games at defensive tackle. He made the AFL All-Star game in 1967,1968, and 1969.

There is the 6 finalists I came down to.

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