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1973 Denver Broncos

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7-5-2, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.9, Offense: 5.4, Defense: -2.5, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 354 points (25.3/g), 3rd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 296 points (21.1/g), 15th.
 Differential of 58 points (4.1/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: John Ralston (7-5-2)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Charley Johnson 35 12 14 184 for 346, 2,465 yards, 20 td, 17 int, & 7 rushes for -2 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
RB Floyd Little* 31 6 13 256 rushes for 979 yards, 12 td, & 41 catches for 423 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Joe Dawkins 25 3 14 160 rushes for 706 yards, 2 td, & 30 catches for 329 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 10th / 249th pick / 1970
WR Haven Moses* 27 5 14 28 catches for 518 yards, 8 td, & 3 rushes for 25 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Jerry Simmons 31 8 13 13 catches for 249 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -4 yards and 0 td
TE Riley Odoms* 23 1 14 43 catches for 629 yards, 7 td, & 5 rushes for 53 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Marv Montgomery 25 2 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
LG Larron Jackson 24 2 12 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
C Bobby Maples 31 8 14 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
RG Tommy Lyons 25 2 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
RT Mike Current 28 6 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Pete Duranko 30 6 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
LDT Paul Smith* 28 5 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
RDT Barney Chavous 22 Rook 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
RDE Lyle Alzado 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LLB Bill Laskey 30 8 11 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Tom Graham 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
RLB Ray May 28 6 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
LCB Leroy Mitchell 29 6 12 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
RCB Calvin Jones 22 Rook 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
SS Bill Thompson 27 4 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Charlie Greer 27 5 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 32 9 0 22 of 33 field goals & 40 of 40 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Billy Van Heusen 27 5 1 69 punts for a 45.1 average, 0 blocked
PR Bill Thompson 27 4 14 30 punt returns for a 12.2 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
KR Otis Armstrong 23 Rook 1 20 kick returns for a 23.6 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Lyle Alzado 24 RDE 14 14 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 2 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
11 Bobby Anderson 26 12 0 208 6-0 Colorado 10/11/1947 3 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
24 Otis Armstrong 23 KR 14 1 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
73 Mike Askea 22 4 0 260 6-4 Stanford 1/7/1951 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 165th pick / 1973
79 Barney Chavous 22 RDT 14 14 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 Rook 6 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
53 Ken Criter 26 14 0 225 6-0 Wisconsin 2/17/1947 4 3
74 Mike Current 28 RT 14 14 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 6 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
33 Joe Dawkins 25 FB 14 14 223 6-0 Wisconsin 1/27/1948 3 12 Houston Oilers / 10th / 249th pick / 1970
55 Pete Duranko 30 LDE 14 14 250 6-2 Notre Dame 12/15/1943 6 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 61st pick / 1966
52 Fred Forsberg 29 3 0 235 6-1 Washington 7/4/1944 5 2 Denver Broncos / 14th / 121st pick / 1966
58 Tom Graham 23 MLB 14 14 235 6-2 Oregon 4/15/1950 1 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
63 John Grant 23 13 0 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
20 Charlie Greer 27 FS 10 10 205 6-0 Colorado 4/4/1946 5 5 Denver Broncos / 13th / 330th pick / 1968
48 Dale Hackbart 35 db 3 2 210 6-3 Wisconsin 7/21/1938 13 1 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 51st pick / 1960
60 Paul Howard 23 14 0 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
62 Jerry Inman 33 8 0 256 6-2 Boise St.,Oregon 2/4/1940 7 2
68 Larron Jackson 24 LG 13 12 270 6-3 Missouri 8/26/1949 2 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 81st pick / 1971
56 Tom Jackson 22 lb 8 4 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
12 Charley Johnson 35 QB 14 14 200 6-1 Schreiner College,New Mexico St. 11/22/1938 12 13 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
26 Calvin Jones 22 RCB 14 14 170 5-7 Washington 1/26/1951 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
59 Larry Kaminski 28 12 0 245 6-2 Purdue 1/6/1945 7 4
45 Bill Laskey 30 LLB 11 11 235 6-3 Michigan 2/10/1943 8 5
44 Floyd Little* 31 RB 14 13 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 6 16 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 28 9 0 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 6 0 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
61 Tommy Lyons 25 RG 14 14 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 2 8 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
50 Bobby Maples 31 C 14 14 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 8 8 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
81 Billy Masters 29 11 0 240 6-5 LSU 3/15/1944 6 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 77th pick / 1967
56 Ray May 28 RLB 11 10 230 6-1 USC 6/4/1945 6 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
41 Leroy Mitchell 29 LCB 12 12 190 6-1 Texas Southern 9/22/1944 6 6 Boston Patriots / 11th / 283rd pick / 1967
78 Marv Montgomery 25 LT 10 10 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 2 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
21 Randy Montgomery 26 db 9 2 182 5-11 Weber St. 8/12/1947 2 1 Denver Broncos / 7th / 167th pick / 1970
25 Haven Moses* 27 WR 14 14 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 5 8 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
66 Jim O'Malley 22 12 0 229 6-1 Notre Dame 7/24/1951 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 12th / 296th pick / 1973
88 Riley Odoms* 23 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 1 10 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
48 John Pitts 28 7 0 218 6-4 Arizona St. 2/28/1945 6 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
10 Steve Ramsey 25 5 0 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
30 Oliver Ross 24 4 0 210 6-0 Alabama A&M 9/18/1949 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 16th / 398th pick / 1973
64 Mike Schnitker 27 lg 14 6 245 6-3 Colorado 12/30/1946 4 4 Denver Broncos / 4th / 84th pick / 1969
80 Jerry Simmons 31 WR 14 13 190 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 11/14/1942 8 4
51 Mike Simone 23 lb 14 3 210 6-0 Stanford 5/20/1950 1 2
75 Ed Smith 23 5 0 241 6-5 Colorado Col. 10/23/1950 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 13th / 319th pick / 1973
70 Paul Smith* 28 LDT 14 14 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 5 7 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
36 Bill Thompson 27 PR 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 4 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 32 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 9 6 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
23 Maurice Tyler 23 db 14 2 188 6-0 Morgan St. 7/19/1950 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
42 Billy Van Heusen 27 P 14 1 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 5 7
84 Gene Washington 29 14 0 208 6-3 Michigan St. 1/25/1944 6 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1967
Team Total 26.6 14 224.5 6-1.7 4.0