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1972 Denver Broncos

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.9, Offense: 2.9, Defense: -4.7, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 325 points (23.2/g), 9th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 350 points (25.0/g), 21st.
 Differential of -25 points (-1.8/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-7.6.

Coach: John Ralston (5-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Charley Johnson 34 11 9 132 for 238, 1,783 yards, 14 td, 14 int, & 3 rushes for 0 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
RB Floyd Little 30 5 14 216 rushes for 859 yards, 9 td, & 28 catches for 367 yards and 4 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Bobby Anderson 25 2 9 72 rushes for 319 yards, 1 td, & 23 catches for 215 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
WR Rod Sherman 28 5 13 38 catches for 661 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 4th / 54th pick / 1966
WR Jerry Simmons 30 7 8 17 catches for 235 yards, 2 td
TE Billy Masters 28 5 14 25 catches for 393 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for -15 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
LT Marv Montgomery 24 1 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
LG Larron Jackson 23 1 14 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
C Larry Kaminski 27 6 9
RG Tommy Lyons 24 1 9 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
RT Mike Current 27 5 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lloyd Voss 30 8 7 New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
LDT Pete Duranko 29 5 14 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
RDT Paul Smith* 27 4 14 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
RDE Lyle Alzado 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LLB Fred Forsberg 28 4 6 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
MLB Tom Graham 22 Rook 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
RLB Chip Myrtle 27 5 14
LCB Leroy Mitchell 28 5 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
RCB Randy Montgomery 25 1 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 7th / 167th pick / 1970
SS Charlie Greer 26 4 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
FS Steve Preece 25 3 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 31 8 0 20 of 29 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Billy Van Heusen 26 4 0 60 punts for a 40.1 average, 1 blocked
PR Rod Sherman 28 5 13 10 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 4th / 54th pick / 1966
KR Randy Montgomery 25 1 8 29 kick returns for a 26.1 average and 1 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 167th pick / 1970

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado 23 RDE 14 14 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 1 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
11 Bobby Anderson 25 FB 9 9 208 6-0 Colorado 10/11/1947 2 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
66 Bill Cottrell 28 11 0 255 6-4 Delaware Valley 9/18/1944 5 4
53 Ken Criter 25 8 0 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 3 3
74 Mike Current 27 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 5 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
33 Joe Dawkins 24 fb 14 5 223 6-0 Wisconsin 1/27/1948 2 5 Houston Oilers / 10th / 249th pick / 1970
76 Tom Domres 26 dt 11 3 260 6-3 Wisconsin 10/19/1946 4 2 Houston Oilers / 10th / 268th pick / 1968
55 Pete Duranko 29 LDE 14 14 250 6-2 Notre Dame 12/15/1943 5 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
16 Mike Ernst 22 1 0 190 6-1 Cal State-Fullerton 10/12/1950 Rook 0
52 Fred Forsberg 28 LLB 9 6 235 6-1 Washington 7/4/1944 4 3 Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
57 Bob Geddes 26 lb 14 3 240 6-2 UCLA 4/22/1946 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 360th pick / 1970
67 George Goeddeke 27 g 2 1 253 6-3 Notre Dame 7/29/1945 5 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 59th pick / 1967
28 Cornell Gordon 31 1 0 187 6-0 North Carolina A&T 1/6/1941 7 2 New York Jets / 23rd / 179th pick / 1964
San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 211th pick / 1964
83 Tom Graham 22 MLB 14 9 235 6-2 Oregon 4/15/1950 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
20 Charlie Greer 26 SS 14 14 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 4 7 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
82 Dwight Harrison 24 db 2 1 187 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/12/1948 1 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
87 John Hoffman 29 de 2 1 260 6-7 USC,Hawaii 8/2/1943 3 1
13 Don Horn 27 2 0 195 6-2 Washington St.,San Diego St. 3/9/1945 5 0 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 25th pick / 1967
68 Larron Jackson 23 LG 14 14 270 6-3 Missouri 8/26/1949 1 8 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
87 Rich Jackson 31 de 4 3 255 6-3 Southern 7/22/1941 6 1
12 Charley Johnson 34 QB 12 9 200 6-1 Schreiner College,New Mexico St. 11/22/1938 11 8 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
59 Larry Kaminski 27 C 11 9 245 6-2 Purdue 1/6/1945 6 5
86 Jim Krieg 23 6 0 172 5-9 Washington 5/29/1949 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 5th / 118th pick / 1972
44 Floyd Little 30 RB 14 14 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 5 12 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 27 14 0 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 5 2 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
61 Tommy Lyons 24 RG 10 9 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 1 5 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
50 Bobby Maples 30 c 12 4 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 7 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
81 Billy Masters 28 TE 14 14 240 6-5 LSU 3/15/1944 5 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
58 Bill McKoy 24 MLB 14 9 235 6-3 Purdue 7/17/1948 2 4 Denver Broncos / 5th / 115th pick / 1970
41 Leroy Mitchell 28 LCB 14 14 190 6-1 Texas Southern 9/22/1944 5 6 Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
78 Marv Montgomery 24 LT 14 14 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 1 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
21 Randy Montgomery 25 KR 14 8 182 5-11 Weber St. 8/12/1947 1 5 Denver Broncos / 7th / 167th pick / 1970
25 Haven Moses 26 wr 8 6 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 4 3 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
54 Chip Myrtle 27 RLB 14 14 225 6-2 Maryland 2/6/1945 5 6
88 Riley Odoms 22 14 0 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
56 Don Parish 24 lb 1 1 220 6-1 Stanford 1/4/1948 2 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1970
23 Steve Preece 25 FS 13 8 195 6-1 Oregon St. 2/15/1947 3 4
10 Steve Ramsey 24 qb 9 5 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
26 George Saimes 31 db 9 4 186 5-11 Michigan St. 9/1/1941 9 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 48th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 71st pick / 1963
64 Mike Schnitker 26 rg 14 5 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 3 4 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
75 Rick Sharp 24 12 0 265 6-3 Washington 6/1/1948 2 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 12th / 288th pick / 1970
84 Rod Sherman 28 PR 14 13 190 6-0 UCLA,USC 12/25/1944 5 8 Baltimore Colts / 4th / 54th pick / 1966
80 Jerry Simmons 30 WR 9 8 190 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 11/14/1942 7 3
51 Mike Simone 22 14 0 210 6-0 Stanford 5/20/1950 Rook 4
70 Paul Smith* 27 RDT 14 14 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 4 8 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
36 Bill Thompson 26 RCB 8 8 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 3 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
35 Clem Turner 27 12 0 236 6-1 Cincinnati 5/28/1945 3 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 83rd pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 31 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 8 5 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
42 Billy Van Heusen 26 P 14 0 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 4 3
65 Lloyd Voss 30 LDE 13 7 256 6-4 Nebraska 2/13/1942 8 4 New York Jets / 2nd / 11th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 1st / 13th pick / 1964
29 Bill West 25 8 0 185 5-10 Tennessee St. 3/3/1947 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 10th / 238th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.4 14 223.0 6-1.7 3.6