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1971 Denver Broncos

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.5, Offense: -5.5, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 203 points (14.5/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (19.6/g), 11th.
 Differential of -72 points (-5.1/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 4.6-9.4.

Coach: Lou Saban (2-6-1) and Jerry Smith (2-3-0)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Don Horn 26 4 9 89 for 173, 1,056 yards, 3 td, 14 int, & 6 rushes for 15 yards and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 25th pick / 1967
RB Floyd Little* 29 4 13 284 rushes for 1,133 yards, 6 td, & 26 catches for 255 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Bobby Anderson 24 1 13 139 rushes for 533 yards, 3 td, & 37 catches for 353 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
WR Jack Gehrke 25 3 11 14 catches for 254 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 265th pick / 1968
WR Jerry Simmons 29 6 12 25 catches for 403 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td
TE Billy Masters 27 4 12 27 catches for 382 yards, 1 td, & 7 rushes for 71 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
LT Roger Shoals 33 8 14 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
LG Larron Jackson 22 Rook 9 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
C George Goeddeke 26 4 12 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
RG Mike Schnitker 25 2 13 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
RT Mike Current 26 4 14 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Rich Jackson 30 5 7 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LDT Dave Costa 30 8 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
RDT Paul Smith 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
RDE Lyle Alzado 22 Rook 11 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LLB Dave Washington 23 1 10 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
MLB Fred Forsberg 27 3 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
RLB Chip Myrtle 26 4 14 3 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered
LCB Leroy Mitchell 27 4 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
RCB Bill Thompson 25 2 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
SS Charlie Greer 25 3 13 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
FS George Saimes 30 8 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 48th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 71st pick / 1963
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 30 7 0 25 of 38 field goals & 18 of 18 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Billy Van Heusen 25 3 0 76 punts for a 41.8 average, 1 blocked
PR Bill Thompson 25 2 14 29 punt returns for a 9.4 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
KR Bobby Anderson 24 1 13 8 kick returns for a 23.4 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado 22 RDE 12 11 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
11 Bobby Anderson 24 FB 13 13 208 6-0 Colorado 10/11/1947 1 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
65 Jay Bachman 26 14 0 250 6-3 Cincinnati 12/8/1945 3 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1967
73 Walt Barnes 27 4 0 245 6-3 Nebraska 1/19/1944 5 3 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 21st pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1966
89 Gordon Bowdell 23 2 0 203 6-2 Michigan St. 10/9/1948 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 182nd pick / 1971
72 Sam Brunelli 28 t 5 4 270 6-2 Colorado St. 12/13/1943 5 2
24 Butch Byrd 30 14 1 211 6-0 Boston Univ. 9/20/1941 7 3 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 25th pick / 1964
79 Carter Campbell 24 de 14 2 240 6-4 Weber St. 9/29/1947 1 2 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 191st pick / 1970
63 Dave Costa 30 LDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 8 8 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
53 Ken Criter 24 11 0 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 2 3
74 Mike Current 26 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 4 5 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
33 Joe Dawkins 23 8 0 223 6-0 Wisconsin 1/27/1948 1 0 Houston Oilers / 10th / 249th pick / 1970
76 Tom Domres 25 dt 5 5 260 6-3 Wisconsin 10/19/1946 3 2 Houston Oilers / 10th / 268th pick / 1968
52 Fred Forsberg 27 MLB 14 14 235 6-1 Washington 7/4/1944 3 8 Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
40 Jack Gehrke 25 WR 14 11 178 6-0 Utah 1/14/1946 3 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 265th pick / 1968
67 George Goeddeke 26 C 12 12 253 6-3 Notre Dame 7/29/1945 4 4 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
28 Cornell Gordon 30 14 1 187 6-0 North Carolina A&T 1/6/1941 6 4 New York Jets / 23rd / 179th pick / 1964
San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 211th pick / 1964
20 Charlie Greer 25 SS 13 13 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 3 6 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
82 Dwight Harrison 23 wr 10 4 187 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/12/1948 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
13 Don Horn 26 QB 9 9 195 6-2 Washington St.,San Diego St. 3/9/1945 4 1 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 25th pick / 1967
62 Jerry Inman 31 dt 14 3 256 6-2 Boise St.,Oregon 2/4/1940 5 3
68 Larron Jackson 22 LG 14 9 270 6-3 Missouri 8/26/1949 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
87 Rich Jackson 30 LDE 7 7 255 6-3 Southern 7/22/1941 5 4
59 Larry Kaminski 26 c 3 3 245 6-2 Purdue 1/6/1945 5 1
44 Floyd Little* 29 RB 14 13 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 4 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 26 rb 10 1 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 4 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
61 Tommy Lyons 23 g 11 1 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
81 Billy Masters 27 TE 14 12 240 6-5 LSU 3/15/1944 4 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
58 Bill McKoy 23 14 0 235 6-3 Purdue 7/17/1948 1 4 Denver Broncos / 5th / 115th pick / 1970
41 Leroy Mitchell 27 LCB 14 14 190 6-1 Texas Southern 9/22/1944 4 7 Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
78 Marv Montgomery 23 12 0 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
21 Randy Montgomery 24 3 0 182 5-11 Weber St. 8/12/1947 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 167th pick / 1970
85 John Mosier 23 te 11 1 220 6-3 Kansas 3/1/1948 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 141st pick / 1970
54 Chip Myrtle 26 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Maryland 2/6/1945 4 9
23 Dickie Post 26 rb 6 1 190 5-9 Houston 9/27/1945 4 1 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1967
10 Steve Ramsey 23 qb 9 5 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
26 George Saimes 30 FS 13 13 186 5-11 Michigan St. 9/1/1941 8 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 48th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 71st pick / 1963
64 Mike Schnitker 25 RG 13 13 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 2 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
75 Roger Shoals 33 LT 14 14 260 6-4 Maryland 12/13/1938 8 5 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
80 Jerry Simmons 29 WR 14 12 190 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 11/14/1942 6 4
70 Paul Smith 26 RDT 14 14 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 3 7 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
36 Bill Thompson 25 PR 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 2 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
35 Clem Turner 26 14 0 236 6-1 Cincinnati 5/28/1945 2 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 83rd pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 30 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 7 5 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
50 Olen Underwood 29 lb 14 4 220 6-1 Texas 5/25/1942 6 3 New York Giants / 14th / 183rd pick / 1965
42 Billy Van Heusen 25 P 14 0 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 3 3
56 Dave Washington 23 LLB 14 10 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 1 6 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
83 Jim Whalen 28 te 3 2 210 6-2 Boston Col. 5/20/1943 6 1 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1965
Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 51st pick / 1965
Team Total 26.1 14 224.8 6-1.8 3.3