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1969 Denver Broncos

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5-8-1, Finished 4th in AFL West Division  · 1969 AFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: 1.0, Defense: -3.0, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 297 points (21.2/g), 4th of 10 in the AFL. Allowed 344 points (24.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of -47 points (-3.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Lou Saban (5-8-1)

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Denver Broncos Training Facility (Adams County, Colorado)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Tensi 27 4 12 131 for 286, 1,990 yards, 14 td, 12 int, & 12 rushes for 63 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 4th / 30th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 16th / 224th pick / 1965
HB Floyd Little*+ 27 2 9 146 rushes for 729 yards, 6 td, & 19 catches for 218 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Tommie Smiley 25 1 9 56 rushes for 166 yards, 3 td, & 5 catches for 23 yards and 1 td Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 55th pick / 1968
FL Mike Haffner 27 1 9 35 catches for 563 yards, 5 td
SE Al Denson* 27 5 13 53 catches for 809 yards, 10 td, & 1 rush for 9 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
TE Tom Beer 25 2 8 9 catches for 200 yards, 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1967
LT Sam Brunelli 26 3 14
LG George Goeddeke* 24 2 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
C Larry Kaminski 24 3 14
RG Bob Young 27 3 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
RT Mike Current* 24 2 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Rich Jackson*+ 28 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LDT Jerry Inman 29 3 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDT Dave Costa* 28 6 14 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
RDE Pete Duranko 26 2 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
LLB Carl Cunningham 25 2 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 85th pick / 1967
MLB John Huard 25 2 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 113th pick / 1967
RLB Chip Myrtle 24 2 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Grady Cavness 22 Rook 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1969
RCB Bill Thompson 23 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
LS Charlie Greer 23 1 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
RS George Burrell 21 Rook 7 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Howfield 33 1 0 13 of 29 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points
P Gus Hollomon 24 1 5 47 punts for a 39.7 average, 1 blocked Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1968
PR Bill Thompson 23 Rook 14 25 punt returns for a 11.5 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
KR Wandy Williams 23 Rook 2 23 kick returns for a 25.0 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 6th / 131st pick / 1969

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
25 Ted Alflen 22 4 0 195 6-0 Springfield 1/3/1947 Rook 0
56 Jay Bachman 24 14 0 250 6-3 Cincinnati 12/8/1945 1 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1967
73 Walt Barnes 25 9 0 245 6-3 Nebraska 1/19/1944 3 2 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 21st pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1966
85 Tom Beer 25 TE 9 8 235 6-4 Detroit Mercy,Houston 12/21/1944 2 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1967
24 Philip Brady 26 4 0 210 6-3 BYU 4/22/1943 Rook 2
72 Sam Brunelli 26 LT 14 14 270 6-2 Colorado St. 12/13/1943 3 6
80 Tom Buckman 22 te 7 1 230 6-4 Texas A&M 3/7/1947 Rook 1 Green Bay Packers / 12th / 298th pick / 1969
21 Bobby Burnett 26 3 0 210 6-3 Arkansas 1/4/1943 3 0 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 33rd pick / 1966
Chicago Bears / 10th / 152nd pick / 1966
41 George Burrell 21 RS 14 7 180 5-10 Pennsylvania 1/1/1948 Rook 3
51 Tim Casey 25 2 0 225 6-1 Oregon 2/29/1944 Rook 2
40 Grady Cavness 22 LCB 14 14 187 5-11 Texas-El Paso 3/1/1947 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1969
63 Dave Costa* 28 RDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 6 7 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
76 Gary Crane 23 6 0 230 6-5 Arkansas St. 5/19/1946 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 14th / 348th pick / 1969
78 Ken Criter 22 14 0 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 Rook 3
50 Carl Cunningham 25 LLB 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 7/23/1944 2 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 85th pick / 1967
74 Mike Current* 24 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 2 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
88 Al Denson* 27 SE 13 13 208 6-2 Florida A&M 1/2/1942 5 9 Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
71 Wallace Dickey 28 12 0 260 6-3 Texas St. 2/15/1941 1 3 Detroit Lions / 15th / 207th pick / 1965
55 Pete Duranko 26 RDE 14 14 250 6-2 Notre Dame 12/15/1943 2 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
89 John Embree 25 fl 13 5 194 6-4 Compton CC (CA) 7/13/1944 Rook 5
67 George Goeddeke* 24 LG 14 14 253 6-3 Notre Dame 7/29/1945 2 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
20 Charlie Greer 23 LS 12 9 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 1 3 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
84 Mike Haffner 27 FL 9 9 200 6-2 UCLA 7/7/1942 1 6
65 Buzz Highsmith 26 9 0 247 6-3 Florida A&M 8/27/1943 1 3
34 Gus Hollomon 24 ls 14 5 195 6-3 Houston 10/23/1945 1 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 111th pick / 1968
3 Bobby Howfield 33 K 14 0 180 5-9 none 12/3/1936 1 1
57 John Huard 25 MLB 14 14 228 6-0 Maine 3/9/1944 2 6 Denver Broncos / 5th / 113th pick / 1967
62 Jerry Inman 29 LDT 14 12 256 6-2 Boise St.,Oregon 2/4/1940 3 5
87 Rich Jackson*+ 28 LDE 14 14 255 6-3 Southern 7/22/1941 3 9
43 Pete Jaquess 29 7 0 185 6-0 East. New Mexico 12/25/1940 5 2 Houston Oilers / 20th / 158th pick / 1964
35 Henry Jones 23 2 0 235 6-2 Grambling St. 2/24/1946 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 9th / 217th pick / 1969
59 Larry Kaminski 24 C 14 14 245 6-2 Purdue 1/6/1945 3 6
51 Gordon Lambert 24 4 0 245 6-5 West Virginia,Tenn-Martin 7/5/1945 1 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 91st pick / 1968
14 Pete Liske 27 qb 7 2 200 6-3 Penn St. 5/24/1942 5 4 New York Jets / 15th / 115th pick / 1963
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 130th pick / 1963
44 Floyd Little*+ 27 HB 9 9 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 2 9 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 24 fb 11 7 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 2 4 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
40 Brendan McCarthy 24 1 0 220 6-3 Boston Col. 8/6/1945 1 0 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1968
75 Rex Mirich 28 dt 7 2 250 6-4 Northern Arizona 3/11/1941 5 1 Oakland Raiders / 20th / 153rd pick / 1963
Minnesota Vikings / 16th / 212th pick / 1963
54 Chip Myrtle 24 RLB 12 9 225 6-2 Maryland 2/6/1945 2 4
27 Tom Oberg 24 ls 7 7 185 6-0 Oregon St.,Portland St. 8/7/1945 1 2
12 Alan Pastrana 25 2 0 190 6-1 Maryland 11/20/1944 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 11th / 270th pick / 1969
82 Dave Pivec 26 te 14 5 240 6-3 Notre Dame 9/25/1943 3 1 Chicago Bears / 14th / 185th pick / 1965
26 Frank Quayle 22 rb 11 2 195 5-10 Virginia 1/15/1947 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 5th / 113th pick / 1969
58 Frank Richter 25 rlb 14 5 235 6-3 Georgia 12/24/1944 2 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 165th pick / 1967
64 Mike Schnitker 23 7 0 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
39 Tommie Smiley 25 FB 14 9 235 6-1 Arizona,Lamar 2/18/1944 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 55th pick / 1968
47 Jimmy Smith 24 2 0 190 6-3 Utah St. 7/12/1945 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 10th / 244th pick / 1969
70 Paul Smith 24 dt 14 1 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 1 1 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
13 Steve Tensi 27 QB 13 12 215 6-5 Florida St. 12/8/1942 4 9 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 30th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 16th / 224th pick / 1965
36 Bill Thompson 23 PR 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 Rook 9 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
42 Billy Van Heusen 23 5 0 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 1 2
29 Wandy Williams 23 KR 11 2 189 6-1 Kansas,Hofstra 1/3/1946 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 131st pick / 1969
60 Bob Young 27 RG 14 14 270 6-1 Texas,Texas St.,Howard Payne 9/3/1942 3 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
Team Total 25.0 14 223.2 6-2.0 1.6