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14. Bill Thompson

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14. Bill Thompson
Bill Thompson played all 179 of his Games with the Denver Broncos, and he started every single one of them.  A 3rd Round Pick from Maryland State, Thompson was a versatile defensive player who as a rookie would lead the NFL in both Yards per Kick and Punt Return.  Thompson spent many more seasons returning kicks and punts for the Broncos, but he would also settle in as the starting Strong Safety wherein 1977 he was named to the Pro Bowl, earned his only First Team All-Pro and helped the Broncos reach the Super Bowl.  Thompson went to two more Pro Bowls and netted 40 picks in his career.

He entered the Broncos Ring of Fame in 1987.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Cornerback, Punt Returner, Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 3rd Round, 69th Overall of the NFL Draft 1/28/69.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1981 Season.
  • Games Played: 179
  • Notable Statistics:

    179 Games Started
    40 Interceptions
    784 Interception Return Yards
    3 Interception Return Touchdowns
    21 Fumble Recoveries
    175 Fumble Recovery Yards
    1 Fumble Recovery Touchdown
    4.0 Quarterback Sacks*
    157 Punt Returns
    1,814 Punt Return Yards
    46 Kick Returns
    1,156 Kick Return Yards
    106 Approximate Value

    5 Playoff Games
    1 Interception 
    18 Interception Return Yards
    2 Punt Returns
    5 Punt Return Yards

    *Sacks were unofficially calculated by Pro Football Reference from 1960 to 1981.

  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All-Pro (1977)
    Second Team All-Pro (1969)
    Pro Bowl (1977, 1978 & 1981)
    Most Yards per Kick Return (1969)
    Most Punt Return Yards (1973)
    Most Yards per Punt Return (1969)
    Most Fumble Return Yards (1973)

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