Welcome in to another edition of ‘Where are they now?’ in which we look back at some past Denver Broncos who left a lasting impact on the franchise but perhaps are not as widely remembered by fans as Ring-of-Honor type legends
In this edition, we’ll check in on former running back running back Steve Sewell, who spent time with the Broncos from 1985-1992, the entirety of his NFL career.
A standout at the University of Oklahoma during the early 1980s, the Broncos elected to give John Elway this formidable all-purpose back by picking Sewell with the 26th pick of the first round of the 1985 NFL Draft.
During his eight years with the Broncos, he was primarily regarded for his ability as a receiver rather than a true between-the-tackles running back, and he proved valuable in that role. He would finish his career with 187 catches for 2,354 yards, including a career-best 507 yards and five touchdowns on 38 catches in 1988
Perhaps not the flashiest of players, Sewell was a valuable member of the Broncos offense, playing a role in the team’s Super Bowl appearances, and his intangibles and versatility made him keep defenses honest. He also has the rare honor of throwing a touchdown pass to John Elway, which he did on a trick play against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1986.
Following a severe ankle injury in 1993, he would retire from the game, only having ever worn a Broncos uniform.
What has Steve Sewell been up to?
Following his playing career ending, Sewell chose to stay employed with the Broncos, but in the community service department, where he would spend a decade.
However, when his son became high school age and joined the football team, he remembered something coach Dan Reeves told him when he retired: he should consider coaching. The opportunity to try it out along with being able to coach his own son was enough for Sewell to give it a go.
He would end up spending two seasons as offensive coordinator at his son’s high school, Grandview in Centennial, Colorado, and then he took his knowledge to the collegiate level, joining Colorado State University-Pueblo as the team’s running back coach in 2008.
At CSU-Pueblo, a Division II program, he helped turn around the position group to becoming a top-15 rushing attack in D-II. He also coached one player, Jesse Lewis, to All-American accolades in 2010.
After seven seasons in Pueblo, despite finding success in his post-football career, he decided to retire to focus on spending more time with his family. His son would ultimately be hired to replace him.