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1965 Denver Broncos

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4-10-0, Finished 4th in AFL West Division  · 1965 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.6, Offense: 1.1, Defense: -6.7, SoS: 0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 303 points (21.6/g), 4th of 8 in the AFL. Allowed 392 points (28.0/g), 7th.
 Differential of -89 points (-6.4/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: Mac Speedie (4-10-0)

Stadium: Bears Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Mickey Slaughter 24 2 7 75 for 147, 864 yards, 6 td, 12 int, & 20 rushes for 75 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 50th pick / 1963
HB Wendell Hayes 25 2 14 130 rushes for 526 yards, 5 td, & 24 catches for 294 yards and 2 td
FB Cookie Gilchrist*+ 30 3 0 252 rushes for 954 yards, 6 td, & 18 catches for 154 yards and 1 td
FL Bob Scarpitto 26 4 0 32 catches for 585 yards, 5 td, & 4 rushes for 94 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 9th / 71st pick / 1961
SE Lionel Taylor*+ 30 6 0 85 catches for 1,131 yards, 6 td
TE Hewritt Dixon 25 2 0 25 catches for 354 yards, 2 td Denver Broncos / 8th / 60th pick / 1963
Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 151st pick / 1963
LT Bob Breitenstein 22 Rook 0 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 21st pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1965
LG Jerry Sturm 29 4 0
C Ray Kubala 23 1 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 46th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 7th / 49th pick / 1964
RG Bob McCullough 25 3 0
RT Eldon Danenhauer* 30 5 0
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ed Cooke 30 7 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 3rd / 29th pick / 1958
LDT Ray Jacobs 27 2 0 Houston Oilers / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 17th / 228th pick / 1962
RDT Chuck Janerette 27 5 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 49th pick / 1960
RDE Max Leetzow 22 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 5th / 35th pick / 1965
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 191st pick / 1965
LLB Tom Erlandson 25 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
MLB Jerry Hopkins 24 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 31st pick / 1963
RLB John Bramlett 24 Rook 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LCB Willie Brown* 25 2 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB John McGeever 26 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 7th / 50th pick / 1962
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 83rd pick / 1962
LS Miller Farr 22 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RS Goose Gonsoulin 27 5 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 203rd pick / 1960
 Special Teams Starters
K Gary Kroner 25 Rook 0 13 of 29 field goals & 32 of 32 extra points Green Bay Packers / 7th / 93rd pick / 1963
New York Jets / 19th / 147th pick / 1963
P Bob Scarpitto 26 4 0 67 punts for a 42.3 average, 0 blocked San Diego Chargers / 9th / 71st pick / 1961
PR Odell Barry 24 1 0 21 punt returns for a 10.0 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 19th / 145th pick / 1964
KR Abner Haynes 28 5 0 34 kick returns for a 26.5 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 55th pick / 1960

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
42 Odell Barry 24 PR 12 0 180 5-10 Findlay 10/10/1941 1 0 Denver Broncos / 19th / 145th pick / 1964
74 Lee Bernet 21 12 0 250 6-2 Wisconsin 1/24/1944 Rook 2
56 John Bramlett 24 RLB 14 0 220 6-1 Memphis 7/7/1941 Rook 6
76 Bob Breitenstein 22 LT 14 0 265 6-3 Tulsa 4/8/1943 Rook 5 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 21st pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1965
24 Willie Brown* 25 LCB 14 0 195 6-1 Grambling St. 12/2/1940 2 6
21 Gerry Bussell 22 6 0 190 6-0 Georgia Tech 9/7/1943 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 9th / 65th pick / 1965
40 Paul Carmichael 21 3 0 200 6-0 El Camino Col. (CA) 8/28/1944 Rook 0
80 Ed Cooke 30 LDE 14 0 250 6-4 Maryland 5/3/1935 7 6 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 29th pick / 1958
54 Ed Cummings 24 14 0 232 6-3 Stanford 6/29/1941 1 3
75 Eldon Danenhauer* 30 RT 14 0 245 6-5 Emporia St.,Pittsburg St. 10/4/1935 5 8
88 Al Denson 23 14 0 208 6-2 Florida A&M 1/2/1942 1 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
30 Hewritt Dixon 25 TE 14 0 230 6-1 Florida A&M 1/8/1940 2 4 Denver Broncos / 8th / 60th pick / 1963
Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 151st pick / 1963
53 Tom Erlandson 25 LLB 14 0 235 6-3 Washington St. 3/24/1940 3 5
44 Miller Farr 22 LS 7 0 190 6-1 Wichita St. 4/8/1943 Rook 4
2 Cookie Gilchrist*+ 30 FB 14 0 251 6-3 none 5/25/1935 3 8
23 Goose Gonsoulin 27 RS 14 0 210 6-3 Baylor 6/7/1938 5 5 San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 203rd pick / 1960
46 John Griffin 26 14 0 190 6-1 Memphis 11/2/1939 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 43rd pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 8th / 61st pick / 1963
29 Wendell Hayes 25 HB 14 14 220 6-1 Humboldt St. 8/5/1940 2 7
28 Abner Haynes 28 KR 14 0 190 6-0 North Texas 9/19/1937 5 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 55th pick / 1960
64 Jon Hohman 23 10 0 245 6-1 Wisconsin 10/23/1942 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1965
50 Jerry Hopkins 24 MLB 14 0 235 6-2 Texas A&M 1/24/1941 2 5 Houston Oilers / 4th / 31st pick / 1963
83 Ray Jacobs 27 LDT 14 0 285 6-3 Howard Payne 11/21/1938 2 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 7th pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 17th / 228th pick / 1962
70 Chuck Janerette 27 RDT 14 0 253 6-3 Penn St. 12/1/1938 5 5 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 49th pick / 1960
51 Gene Jeter 23 14 0 235 6-3 Ark-Pine Bluff,Texas Southern 2/9/1942 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 10th / 73rd pick / 1965
Green Bay Packers / 12th / 164th pick / 1965
12 Gary Kroner 25 K 14 0 200 6-1 Wisconsin 11/6/1940 Rook 2 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 93rd pick / 1963
New York Jets / 19th / 147th pick / 1963
52 Ray Kubala 23 C 14 0 265 6-5 Texas A&M 10/26/1942 1 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 4th / 46th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 7th / 49th pick / 1964
15 Jacky Lee 26 qb 4 1 189 6-1 Cincinnati 7/11/1939 5 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 61st pick / 1960
81 Max Leetzow 22 RDE 14 0 240 6-4 Idaho 9/17/1943 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 5th / 35th pick / 1965
Minnesota Vikings / 14th / 191st pick / 1965
26 Darrell Lester 25 12 0 228 6-2 LSU,McNeese St. 11/6/1940 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 118th pick / 1964
10 John McCormick 28 qb 14 6 208 6-1 Boston Col.,Massachusetts 5/26/1937 3 1
67 Bob McCullough 25 RG 14 0 245 6-2 Colorado 11/18/1940 3 5
47 John McGeever 26 RCB 14 0 195 6-1 Auburn 2/14/1939 3 4 Denver Broncos / 7th / 50th pick / 1962
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 83rd pick / 1962
45 Jim McMillin 26 12 0 190 6-0 Colorado St. 9/18/1939 4 2
27 Charley Mitchell 25 1 0 185 5-11 Washington 5/25/1940 2 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 52nd pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 18th / 141st pick / 1963
78 Leroy Moore 30 14 0 240 6-2 Fort Valley St. 9/16/1935 5 3
68 Tom Nomina 24 12 0 260 6-3 Miami (OH) 12/27/1941 2 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 13th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 15th pick / 1963
60 Charlie Parker 24 14 0 245 6-1 Southern Miss 6/19/1941 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 13th / 97th pick / 1964
Baltimore Colts / 13th / 176th pick / 1964
82 Bob Scarpitto 26 FL 14 0 192 5-11 Notre Dame 1/7/1939 4 9 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 71st pick / 1961
14 Mickey Slaughter 24 QB 10 7 204 6-2 Louisiana Tech 8/22/1941 2 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 50th pick / 1963
72 Jerry Sturm 29 LG 14 0 260 6-3 Illinois 12/31/1936 4 5
87 Lionel Taylor*+ 30 SE 14 0 215 6-2 New Mex. Highlands 8/15/1935 6 12
63 Jim Thibert 25 13 0 230 6-3 Toledo 6/14/1940 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 22nd / 176th pick / 1962
77 Jim Thompson 25 4 0 255 6-3 Southern Illinois 12/4/1940 Rook 2
48 Nemiah Wilson 22 14 0 165 6-0 Grambling St. 4/6/1943 Rook 3
Team Total 25.2 14 223.1 6-1.8 2.1