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Broncos Ring of Famer Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin: 1938-2014

Broncos Country lost one of its all-time greats today. Austin "Goose" Gonsoulin has passed away.

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An original Bronco and a member of the club's inaugural Ring of Fame Class of 1984, Gonsoulin finished his Broncos career as the all-time American Football League leader in interceptions with 43. He was named All-AFL three times (1960, '62-63) while also being selected to the AFL All-Star Game on five occasions (1961-64, '66).

Gonsoulin's 11 interceptions in 1960 as a rookie remain a Broncos single-season record, and he still shares the team and league record for interceptions in a game with four (Sept. 18, 1960, at Buffalo).

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During his Broncos career, Gonsoulin appeared in 94 games, including 61 consecutive contests to begin his career. He played all 14 games in six consecutive years with the Broncos from 1960-65 and saw time in 10 games for the team in 1966 before spending his final professional season with San Francisco in 1967.

Here's an excerpt from a fanpost written by "firstfan" about the Goose:

Our friend Zappa stated it best. "Denver has a long trdition of outstanding play at the Safety position.". It all started with Goose. I am sure Goose would appreciate your vote. He has mine.

Tim Lynch also reminds us that before Champ Bailey, there was Goose Gonsoulin.

Finally, MHR founder John Bena chimed in on the loss of Gonsoulin, and all he meant to MHR.