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The Greatest Denver Bronco Team: Tight End

Riley Odoms
Riley Odoms

Two down, plenty more to go. The MHR Greatest Bronco team of all time shapes up like this so far:

Quarterback: John Elway

Backup: Jake Plummer

Running Back: Terrell Davis

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 & ___________

Lets figure out who are best tight end is that is not named Shannon Sharpe, our most recent hall of famer.

Riley Odoms - 1972-1983

Riley Odoms was drafted in the first round fifth overall in 1972. Odoms was the second highest drafted Tight End ever taken (tied with Mike Ditka and Billy Cannon was number one overall in 1960. Odoms was a starter on the Broncos Super Bowl XII team and never averaged less than 10 yards per catch in a season. He started 134 of 153 games in a 12 year career. Odoms was one of the most complete Tight Ends in the league thanks to his blocking ability. He was a 4 time Pro Bowler and 2 time 1st team All-Pro.


396 Receptions
5,755 Yards, 14.5 average
41 touchdowns.

Clarence Kay

Clarence Kay was drafted by Denver in the 7th round of the 1984 NFL Draft. He played all 9 years for the Broncos. Kay started 126 of 135 games. He came in as a great blocker but Orson Mobley helped him become a complete Tight End. Kay played a lot because Dan Reeves wanted Sammy Winder to run lots. Off-Field troubles left Kay unreliable.

Bronco Stats

193 Receptions

2136 Yards 11.1 Average

13 Touchdowns

Tony Scheffler

Scheffler was drafted in the second round in 2006. He spent four seasons with the Broncos and started 28 of 57 games. He has strong hands and was a good red zone weapon for Jay Cutler and Kyle Orton. After some locker room issues, he was traded to Detroit in 2010.

Bronco Stats

138 Receptions

1896 Yards,

14 Touchdowns