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1997 Denver Broncos

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12-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.7, Offense: 8.1, Defense: 2.6, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 472 points (29.5/g), 1st of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (17.9/g), 6th.
 Differential of 185 points (11.6/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.2-3.8.

Coach: Mike Shanahan (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Gary Kubiak
 Defensive Coordinator: Greg Robinson

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Northern Colorado (Greeley, Colorado)


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 John Elway* 37 14 16 280 for 502, 3,635 yards, 27 td, 11 int, & 50 rushes for 218 yards and 1 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
RB Terrell Davis*+ 25 2 15 369 rushes for 1,750 yards, 15 td, & 42 catches for 287 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 6th / 196th pick / 1995
FB Howard Griffith 30 4 13 9 rushes for 34 yards, 0 td, & 11 catches for 55 yards and 0 td Indianapolis Colts / 9th / 236th pick / 1991
WR Ed McCaffrey 29 6 15 45 catches for 590 yards, 8 td New York Giants / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1991
WR Rod Smith 27 2 16 70 catches for 1,180 yards, 12 td, & 5 rushes for 16 yards and 0 td
TE Shannon Sharpe*+ 29 7 16 72 catches for 1,107 yards, 3 td Denver Broncos / 7th / 192nd pick / 1990
LT Gary Zimmerman 36 11 14 New York Giants / 1st / 3rd pick / 1984 Supp
LG Mark Schlereth 31 8 11 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 10th / 263rd pick / 1989
C Tom Nalen* 26 3 16 Denver Broncos / 7th / 218th pick / 1994
RG Brian Habib 33 8 14 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 264th pick / 1988
RT Tony Jones 31 9 16
 Defensive Starters
LDE Neil Smith* 31 9 13 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 2nd pick / 1988
LDT Keith Traylor 28 6 16 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1991
RDT Michael Dean Perry 32 9 8 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 50th pick / 1988
RDE Alfred Williams 29 6 16 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 18th pick / 1991
LLB Bill Romanowski 31 9 16 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 80th pick / 1988
MLB Allen Aldridge 25 3 15 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 51st pick / 1994
RLB John Mobley+ 24 1 16 4.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1996
LCB Ray Crockett 30 8 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 86th pick / 1989
RCB Darrien Gordon 27 4 16 2.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1993
SS Tyrone Braxton 33 10 16 0.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 12th / 334th pick / 1987
FS Steve Atwater 31 8 15 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 20th pick / 1989
 Special Teams Starters
K Jason Elam 27 4 0 26 of 36 field goals & 46 of 46 extra points Denver Broncos / 3rd / 70th pick / 1993
P Tom Rouen 29 4 0 60 punts for a 43.3 average, 0 blocked
PR Darrien Gordon 27 4 16 40 punt returns for a 13.6 average and 3 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1993
KR Vaughn Hebron 27 4 1 43 kick returns for a 23.5 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
57 Allen Aldridge 25 MLB 16 15 254 6-1 Houston 5/30/1972 3 7 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 51st pick / 1994
83 Flipper Anderson 32 4 0 175 6-0 UCLA 3/7/1965 9 0 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 46th pick / 1988
27 Steve Atwater 31 FS 15 15 218 6-3 Arkansas 10/28/1966 8 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 20th pick / 1989
3 Scott Bentley 23 1 0 203 6-0 Florida St. 4/10/1974 Rook 0
34 Tyrone Braxton 33 SS 16 16 185 5-11 North Dakota St. 12/17/1964 10 7 Denver Broncos / 12th / 334th pick / 1987
6 Bubby Brister 35 1 0 205 6-3 Tulane,La-Monroe 8/15/1962 11 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1986
70 Jamie Brown 25 t 11 2 320 6-8 Florida A&M 4/24/1972 2 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 121st pick / 1995
56 Keith Burns 25 16 0 235 6-2 Oklahoma St. 5/16/1972 3 1 Denver Broncos / 7th / 210th pick / 1994
59 Glenn Cadrez 27 16 0 240 6-3 Houston 1/2/1970 5 1 New York Jets / 6th / 154th pick / 1992
89 Dwayne Carswell 25 te 16 3 290 6-3 Liberty 1/18/1972 3 1
86 Byron Chamberlain 26 10 0 250 6-1 Missouri,Wayne State (NE) 10/17/1971 2 0 Denver Broncos / 7th / 222nd pick / 1995
39 Ray Crockett 30 LCB 16 16 185 5-10 Baylor 1/5/1967 8 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 86th pick / 1989
30 Terrell Davis*+ 25 RB 15 15 206 5-11 Long Beach St.,Georgia 10/28/1972 2 19 Denver Broncos / 6th / 196th pick / 1995
63 David Diaz-Infante 33 lg 16 7 291 6-3 San Jose St. 3/31/1964 10 5
33 Dedrick Dodge 30 db 16 1 184 6-2 Florida St. 6/14/1967 6 1
1 Jason Elam 27 K 15 0 200 5-11 Hawaii 3/8/1970 4 2 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 70th pick / 1993
7 John Elway* 37 QB 16 16 215 6-3 Stanford 6/28/1960 14 18 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1983
82 David Gamble 26 2 0 190 6-1 New Hampshire 6/14/1971 Rook 0
23 Darrien Gordon 27 PR 16 16 184 5-11 Stanford 11/14/1970 4 17 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1993
85 Willie Green 31 wr 16 1 185 6-4 Mississippi 4/2/1966 6 3 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1990
29 Howard Griffith 30 FB 15 13 230 6-0 Illinois 11/17/1967 4 1 Indianapolis Colts / 9th / 236th pick / 1991
75 Brian Habib 33 RG 14 14 299 6-7 Washington 12/2/1964 8 9 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 264th pick / 1988
96 Harald Hasselbach 30 de 16 3 281 6-6 Washington 9/22/1967 3 3
22 Vaughn Hebron 27 KR 16 1 195 5-8 Virginia Tech 10/7/1970 4 2
21 Randy Hilliard 30 14 0 165 5-11 NW State (LA) 2/6/1967 7 1 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 157th pick / 1990
81 Patrick Jeffers 24 10 0 217 6-3 Virginia 2/2/1973 1 0 Denver Broncos / 5th / 159th pick / 1996
25 Darrius Johnson 24 16 0 185 5-9 Oklahoma 5/18/1973 1 1 Denver Broncos / 4th / 122nd pick / 1996
72 Ernest Jones 26 1 0 263 6-2 Oregon 4/1/1971 2 0 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 100th pick / 1994
77 Tony Jones 31 LT 16 16 290 6-5 West. Carolina 5/24/1966 9 10
8 Jeff Lewis 24 3 0 211 6-2 Northern Arizona 4/17/1973 1 0 Denver Broncos / 4th / 100th pick / 1996
97 Mike Lodish 30 16 0 275 6-3 UCLA 8/11/1967 7 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 265th pick / 1990
31 Derek Loville 29 16 0 203 5-10 Oregon 7/4/1968 7 1
37 Anthony Lynn 29 16 0 230 6-3 Texas Tech 12/21/1968 4 0
87 Ed McCaffrey 29 WR 15 15 215 6-5 Stanford 8/17/1968 6 7 New York Giants / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1991
26 Tim McKyer 34 db 16 1 174 6-0 Texas-Arlington 9/5/1963 11 1 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1986
51 John Mobley+ 24 RLB 16 16 236 6-1 Kutztown Pennsylvania 10/10/1973 1 17 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1996
66 Tom Nalen* 26 C 16 16 286 6-3 Boston Col. 5/13/1971 3 13 Denver Broncos / 7th / 218th pick / 1994
62 Dan Neil 24 3 0 285 6-2 Texas 10/21/1973 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 67th pick / 1997
95 Michael Dean Perry 32 RDT 9 8 285 6-1 Clemson 8/27/1965 9 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 50th pick / 1988
93 Trevor Pryce 22 dt 8 3 295 6-5 Michigan,Clemson 8/3/1975 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 28th pick / 1997
99 David Richie 24 2 0 280 6-4 Washington 9/26/1973 Rook 0
53 Bill Romanowski 31 LLB 16 16 245 6-4 Boston Col. 4/2/1966 9 8 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 80th pick / 1988
16 Tom Rouen 29 P 16 0 225 6-3 Colorado St.,Colorado 6/9/1968 4 2
58 Steve Russ 25 14 0 245 6-4 Air Force 9/16/1972 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 7th / 218th pick / 1995
69 Mark Schlereth 31 LG 11 11 282 6-3 Idaho 1/25/1966 8 7 Washington Redskins / 10th / 263rd pick / 1989
84 Shannon Sharpe*+ 29 TE 16 16 228 6-2 Savannah St. 6/26/1968 7 14 Denver Broncos / 7th / 192nd pick / 1990
42 Detron Smith 23 16 0 229 5-10 Texas A&M 2/25/1974 1 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 65th pick / 1996
90 Neil Smith* 31 LDE 14 13 270 6-4 Nebraska 4/10/1966 9 12 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 2nd pick / 1988
80 Rod Smith 27 WR 16 16 200 6-0 Missouri Southern 5/15/1970 2 15
74 Harry Swayne 32 7 0 290 6-5 Rutgers 2/2/1965 10 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 190th pick / 1987
98 Maa Tanuvasa 27 rdt 15 5 270 6-2 Hawaii 11/6/1970 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 209th pick / 1993
94 Keith Traylor 28 LDT 16 16 340 6-2 Oklahoma,Central Oklahoma 9/3/1969 6 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1991
32 Tony Veland 24 12 0 209 6-1 Nebraska 3/11/1973 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 181st pick / 1996
91 Alfred Williams 29 RDE 16 16 260 6-6 Colorado 11/6/1968 6 9 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 18th pick / 1991
65 Gary Zimmerman 36 LT 14 14 294 6-6 Oregon 12/13/1961 11 9 New York Giants / 1st / 3rd pick / 1984 Supp
Team Total 28.3 16 238.2 6-2.1 5.0