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1970 Denver Broncos

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5-8-1, AFC West Division  · 1970 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.6, Offense: -2.5, Defense: -0.1, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 253 points (18.1/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 264 points (18.9/g), 12th.
 Differential of -11 points (-0.8/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

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 Pete Liske 28 6 9 112 for 238, 1,340 yards, 7 td, 11 int, & 7 rushes for 42 yards and 1 td New York Jets / 15th / 115th pick / 1963
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 130th pick / 1963
RB Floyd Little* 28 3 14 209 rushes for 901 yards, 3 td, & 17 catches for 161 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Willis Crenshaw 29 6 12 69 rushes for 200 yards, 5 td, & 18 catches for 105 yards and 1 td St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 114th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 26th / 204th pick / 1963
WR Al Denson 28 6 14 47 catches for 646 yards, 2 td Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
WR Mike Haffner 28 2 7 12 catches for 196 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 1 yards and 0 td
TE Jim Whalen 27 5 13 36 catches for 503 yards, 3 td Boston Patriots / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1965
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 51st pick / 1965
LT Sam Brunelli 27 4 12 2 fumbles recovered
LG George Goeddeke 25 3 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
C Larry Kaminski 25 4 14 1 fumble recovered
RG Bob Young 28 4 12 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
RT Mike Current 25 3 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Rich Jackson*+ 29 4 14
LDT Paul Smith 25 2 14 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
RDT Dave Costa 29 7 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
RDE Pete Duranko 27 3 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
LLB Carl Cunningham 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 85th pick / 1967
MLB Fred Forsberg 26 2 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
RLB Dave Washington 22 Rook 11 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
LCB Cornell Gordon 29 5 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 23rd / 179th pick / 1964
San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 211th pick / 1964
RCB Bill Thompson 24 1 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
SS Charlie Greer 24 2 14 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
FS Paul Martha 28 6 12 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 9th / 69th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Bobby Howfield 34 2 0 18 of 32 field goals & 27 of 28 extra points
P Billy Van Heusen 24 2 5 87 punts for a 42.9 average, 0 blocked
PR Bill Thompson 24 1 9 23 punt returns for a 10.1 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
KR Bobby Anderson 23 Rook 0 21 kick returns for a 24.8 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
68 Steve Alexakos 24 g 8 1 250 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 12/15/1946 Rook 1 Boston Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1969
11 Bobby Anderson 23 KR 14 0 208 6-0 Colorado 10/11/1947 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
56 Jay Bachman 25 c 11 1 250 6-3 Cincinnati 12/8/1945 2 1 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1967
73 Walt Barnes 26 6 0 245 6-3 Nebraska 1/19/1944 4 3 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 21st pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1966
72 Sam Brunelli 27 LT 13 12 270 6-2 Colorado St. 12/13/1943 4 6
51 Bill Butler 23 14 0 226 6-4 Cal State-Northridge 8/4/1947 Rook 4
63 Dave Costa 29 RDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 7 8 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
33 Willis Crenshaw 29 FB 12 12 230 6-2 Kansas St. 7/16/1941 6 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 114th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 26th / 204th pick / 1963
78 Ken Criter 23 lb 14 2 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 1 2
50 Carl Cunningham 26 LLB 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 7/23/1944 3 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 85th pick / 1967
74 Mike Current 25 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 3 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
32 Dick Davis 24 2 0 215 5-11 Nebraska 11/28/1946 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 12th / 306th pick / 1969
88 Al Denson 28 WR 14 14 208 6-2 Florida A&M 1/2/1942 6 7 Denver Broncos / 6th / 47th pick / 1964
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 72nd pick / 1964
55 Pete Duranko 27 RDE 14 14 250 6-2 Notre Dame 12/15/1943 3 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
24 Booker Edgerson 31 6 0 183 5-10 West. Illinois 7/5/1939 8 3
89 John Embree 26 fl 7 1 194 6-4 Compton CC (CA) 7/13/1944 1 1
52 Fred Forsberg 26 MLB 14 13 235 6-1 Washington 7/4/1944 2 7 Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
23 Drake Garrett 24 1 0 183 5-9 Michigan St. 3/19/1946 2 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1968
67 George Goeddeke 25 LG 14 14 253 6-3 Notre Dame 7/29/1945 3 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
28 Cornell Gordon 29 LCB 14 14 187 6-0 North Carolina A&T 1/6/1941 5 7 New York Jets / 23rd / 179th pick / 1964
San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 211th pick / 1964
20 Charlie Greer 24 SS 14 14 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 2 8 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
84 Mike Haffner 28 WR 11 7 200 6-2 UCLA 7/7/1942 2 2
86 Jerry Hendren 23 10 0 187 6-2 Idaho 11/4/1947 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1970
3 Bobby Howfield 34 K 14 0 180 5-9 none 12/3/1936 2 4
62 Jerry Inman 30 dt 11 0 256 6-2 Boise St.,Oregon 2/4/1940 4 1
87 Rich Jackson*+ 29 LDE 14 14 255 6-3 Southern 7/22/1941 4 12
43 Pete Jaquess 30 db 13 2 185 6-0 East. New Mexico 12/25/1940 6 2 Houston Oilers / 20th / 158th pick / 1964
59 Larry Kaminski 25 C 14 14 245 6-2 Purdue 1/6/1945 4 7
14 Pete Liske 28 QB 11 9 200 6-3 Penn St. 5/24/1942 6 5 New York Jets / 15th / 115th pick / 1963
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 130th pick / 1963
44 Floyd Little* 28 RB 14 14 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 3 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 25 rb 14 2 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 3 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
47 Paul Martha 28 FS 13 12 187 6-0 Pittsburgh 6/22/1942 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 1st / 10th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 9th / 69th pick / 1964
81 Billy Masters 26 te 14 2 240 6-5 LSU 3/15/1944 3 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
58 Bill McKoy 22 2 0 235 6-3 Purdue 7/17/1948 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 5th / 115th pick / 1970
49 Alvin Mitchell 27 db 2 1 195 6-3 Morgan St. 10/18/1943 2 0 Cleveland Browns / 10th / 267th pick / 1968
54 Chip Myrtle 25 lb 14 2 225 6-2 Maryland 2/6/1945 3 2
12 Alan Pastrana 26 qb 5 3 190 6-1 Maryland 11/20/1944 1 2 Denver Broncos / 11th / 270th pick / 1969
77 Alden Roche 25 14 0 255 6-4 Southern 4/9/1945 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 37th pick / 1970
26 George Saimes 29 db 8 2 186 5-11 Michigan St. 9/1/1941 7 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 48th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 71st pick / 1963
64 Mike Schnitker 24 g 14 2 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 1 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
70 Paul Smith 25 LDT 14 14 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 2 7 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
13 Steve Tensi 28 qb 7 2 215 6-5 Florida St. 12/8/1942 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 30th pick / 1965
Baltimore Colts / 16th / 224th pick / 1965
36 Bill Thompson 24 PR 9 9 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 1 5 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
35 Clem Turner 25 11 0 236 6-1 Cincinnati 5/28/1945 1 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 83rd pick / 1969
42 Billy Van Heusen 24 P 14 5 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 2 8
37 Bob Wade 26 db 3 2 200 6-2 Morgan St. 12/9/1944 2 1 Baltimore Colts / 15th / 385th pick / 1967
56 Dave Washington 22 RLB 13 11 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 Rook 6 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
83 Jim Whalen 27 TE 14 13 210 6-2 Boston Col. 5/20/1943 5 6 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1965
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 51st pick / 1965
29 Wandy Williams 24 1 0 189 6-1 Kansas,Hofstra 1/3/1946 1 0 Denver Broncos / 6th / 131st pick / 1969
60 Bob Young 28 RG 14 12 270 6-1 Texas,Texas St.,Howard Payne 9/3/1942 4 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
Team Total 26.2 14 220.8 6-1.7 2.8