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13. Dennis Smith

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13. Dennis Smith
Dennis Smith was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection over a career that spanned fourteen seasons.  Smith’s career was spent all with Denver where he was drafted 15th overall in 1981 out of USC, and he was a precursor to Steve Atwater as one of the hardest hitting Defensive Backs in football.  Smith helped the team reach three Super Bowls, and in 1983 he led the league in Tackles with 114.  He would also eclipse the 100 mark in tackles four other times.

The Broncos inducted Smith into their Ring of Fame in 2001.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 15th Overall in the NFL Draft 4/28/81.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1994 Season.
  • Games Played: 184
  • Notable Statistics:

    170 Games Started
    30 Interceptions
    431 Interception Return Yards
    1 Forced Fumble
    17 Fumble Recoveries
    69 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    15.0 Quarterback Sacks
    1,158 Combined Tackles
    23 Solo Tackles*
    6 Assisted Tackles*
    100 Approximate Value

    12 Playoff Games
    2 Interceptions
    13 Interception Return Yards

    *Solo and Assisted Tackles were not a stat until the 1994 Season.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Second Team All-Pro (1989)
    Pro Bowl (1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1993)
    Most Combined Tackles (1983)

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