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broncosteven
11-27-2012, 11:58 AM
Only the older generations of Denver Broncos fans can say they remember and watched Otis Armstrong play, but he was a superior NFL running back for eight years in Denver.

Next Tuesday night Otis will be inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame at a dinner at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

The connection to the dinner does not end with Otis, as the Chairman of the NFF is Archie Manning, father of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.


Armstrong was the Broncos’ first-round draft choice out of Purdue in 1973, and while his College Football Hall of Fame selection is tied only to his career at Purdue, he did great at both the college and pro levels.

He had a sensational career at Purdue as the holder of virtually every school and Big 10 rushing record at that time, twice earning consensus All-American honors for the Boilermakers.

As a senior he carried 243 times for 1,363 yards and his college career rushing total was 3,315, sixth on the all-time NCAA list at that time—and this was before freshmen were allowed to play, or his total surely would have been much higher. Armstrong was the first Big 10 player since 1945 to win the league total offense title without throwing a pass.

He rushed for 4,400 yards and had over 6,000 total yards in his Bronco career, which was cut short by injury midway through the 1980 campaign.

Despite a rotation system for running backs in Denver, Armstrong twice ran for 1,000 yards (1974 and 1976), and he led the NFL with his 1,407 yards in 1974, becoming one of a handful of players at that time to average 100 rushing yards per game over an entire season.

A Pro Bowl selection in 1974 and again in 1976, Armstrong was a key player on the Broncos’ 1977 AFC championship team that represented Denver in Super Bowl XII, the first of the franchise’s six Super Bowls.

He had a powerful burst and was described by Head Coach John Ralston as “the best draw runner in pro football” during his Bronco career.

It was a pleasure to watch Otis Armstrong run, and I will be honored to be in the attendance next week and welcome him into the College Football Hall of Fame.

In the cult classic movie “Animal House” there is a character named Otis, and a refrain in the movie is to call out, “Otis, my man!” Oftentimes someone in the Mile High Stadium press box would recite that line—to himself or others–when Armstrong made a big run for the Broncos in the late 1970’s era that began the team’s playoff history.

And in the hard fought 20-17 win over Oakland in which Denver earned its first Super Bowl trip, Denver was nursing a three-point lead when the Broncos got the ball with just over three minutes left, getting to a third and three that would either ice the game or force a punt back to Oakland. It was Armstrong to whom Denver turned for those tough three yards, and he gained four for the game’s final first down to cement the win and bring euphoria to the Mile High City.

More here: http://blog.denverbroncos.com/jsaccomano/otis-armstrong-gets-college-hall-of-fame-honor/

BroncoBuff
11-27-2012, 12:10 PM
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These are always fun ... how many can you name?

Bonus points for #10 in green, and #44 in white way up on top.

Dutch
11-27-2012, 01:59 PM
Super nice guy. Met him as a kid when he was a rook. Shopped with Floyd Little at Dwayne's Menswear in Arvada. That store did custom suits for several of the Bronco's players who could not buy off the rack. I've got a football at my folks with both of their sigs, along with several of the other players from '75. Congrats Otis! Toted the rock for us with authority, and handled himself with class throughout his career.

Bacchus
11-27-2012, 02:40 PM
Yeah Armstrong shared carries with Rob Lytle, Larry Canada, John Keyworth and Dave Preston.

broncosteven
11-27-2012, 02:54 PM
Yeah Armstrong shared carries with Rob Lytle, Larry Canada, John Keyworth and Dave Preston.

As well as Floyd and Jim Jensen.

Bacchus
11-27-2012, 03:03 PM
As well as Floyd and Jim Jensen.

How could I forget Jim Jenson? Red Miller ruined Armstrong's career making him share time with all those scrubs.

broncogary
11-27-2012, 05:24 PM
How could I forget Jim Jenson? Red Miller ruined Armstrong's career making him share time with all those scrubs.

Knee injury in 75 ruined it. He was never the same.

broncosteven
11-27-2012, 07:09 PM
How could I forget Jim Jenson? Red Miller ruined Armstrong's career making him share time with all those scrubs.

It was injury, he gutted it out but he was never the same after the 1st like Bronco Gary said. It is too bad, he could have been a HOF back.

broncogary
11-27-2012, 07:14 PM
http://img.fanbase.com/media.fanbase.com/8/15326/9becc742de2efa35cdebf466cbb521c3d8805ead.jpg?x=665&y=337&sig=052e1d8b8679160ffed03c6699ba563e

These are always fun ... how many can you name?

Bonus points for #10 in green, and #44 in white way up on top.

BVP and some guy.

Goobzilla
11-27-2012, 09:05 PM
http://img.fanbase.com/media.fanbase.com/8/15326/9becc742de2efa35cdebf466cbb521c3d8805ead.jpg?x=665&y=337&sig=052e1d8b8679160ffed03c6699ba563e

These are always fun ... how many can you name?

Bonus points for #10 in green, and #44 in white way up on top.

77 was Jaws in the Bond movies :thanku:

B-Love
11-27-2012, 09:22 PM
The first guy everyone should get is our own Tommy Jackson, sitting above number 47. #44 should be Ray Guy, the famous Punter. Otis Armstrong's Purdue teammate Fatso Dave Butz is also in that photo. Johnny Rodgers is there also. So is Oklahoma Sooner Greg Pruitt number 30. Great photo!!

canadianbroncosfan
11-27-2012, 10:10 PM
http://img.fanbase.com/media.fanbase.com/8/15326/9becc742de2efa35cdebf466cbb521c3d8805ead.jpg?x=665&y=337&sig=052e1d8b8679160ffed03c6699ba563e

These are always fun ... how many can you name?

Bonus points for #10 in green, and #44 in white way up on top.

Give some props to a young feller for pointing out TJ???

driver
11-28-2012, 02:00 AM
http://img.fanbase.com/media.fanbase.com/8/15326/9becc742de2efa35cdebf466cbb521c3d8805ead.jpg?x=665&y=337&sig=052e1d8b8679160ffed03c6699ba563e

These are always fun ... how many can you name?

Bonus points for #10 in green, and #44 in white way up on top.

I think the the guy in the Green #10 jersey is Jack Lambert from Kent STate.

B-Love
11-28-2012, 11:25 AM
I think the the guy in the Green #10 jersey is Jack Lambert from Kent STate.

That's Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee's Dad; who went on to a great career as a Giants Linebacker. Had a cup of tea with the Raiders too.

driver
11-29-2012, 01:22 AM
That's Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee's Dad; who went on to a great career as a Giants Linebacker. Had a cup of tea with the Raiders too.

Just a guess on my part. Sure you're right though!
The guy in the picture looks like a human being! It couldn't have been Lambert!:rofl::rofl:

BowlenBall
11-29-2012, 02:43 AM
Good for Armstrong -- was so proud that a Denver Bronco was the first man on the moon, but the doping scandal really tarnished his legacy (although I still support his cancer foundation). Nice to see that the HOF voters didn't hold it against him.

TomServo
12-01-2012, 12:29 AM
Another freaking brilliant pick by john ralston. Armstrong was the real deal. he broke up the string of rushing titles by OJ. for a string of @ six years all the rushing titles went to OJ or a denver bronco. floyd little was the other bookend in 1971. Armstrong just might have been the best rb in bronco history. yes i love TD too but both were injured and never realized their potential.

Bacchus
12-01-2012, 01:17 AM
Another freaking brilliant pick by john ralston. Armstrong was the real deal. he broke up the string of rushing titles by OJ. for a string of @ six years all the rushing titles went to OJ or a denver bronco. floyd little was the other bookend in 1971. Armstrong just might have been the best rb in bronco history. yes i love TD too but both were injured and never realized their potential.

Too bad they couldn't have kept Ralston on after hiring Miller. Ralston's drafts were epic.

TomServo
12-01-2012, 01:25 AM
Too bad they couldn't have kept Ralston on after hiring Miller. Ralston's drafts were epic.
if it wasnt for john ralston the broncos would have been the bengals, or browns or oilers or hahah the chargers.

Champagne Powder
12-01-2012, 11:12 AM
Armstrong was the Big Ten MVP in 1972 and finished eighth that season in the Heisman balloting. BTW, Tom Jackson is also in the College Football Hall of Fame.

broncosteven
12-01-2012, 12:51 PM
Good for Armstrong -- was so proud that a Denver Bronco was the first man on the moon, but the doping scandal really tarnished his legacy (although I still support his cancer foundation). Nice to see that the HOF voters didn't hold it against him.

You know that was Neil right?

BroncoBuff
12-01-2012, 04:20 PM
That's Brad Van Pelt, Bradlee's Dad; who went on to a great career as a Giants Linebacker. Had a cup of tea with the Raiders too.

Correct-a-mundo. And speaking of tea with the Raiders, #44 on top is Ray Guy.




Give some props to a young feller for pointing out TJ

I shouldn't presume to give you points Canadian, I missed him altogether, boy is my face red.

BroncoBuff
12-01-2012, 04:24 PM
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OFFENSIVE TEAM: Top to bottom, left to right: Jerry Sisemore (76), lineman, Texas; Tom Brahaney (54),
center, Oklahoma; Terry Metcalf (22), running back, Long Beach; John Carroll (10), place kicker, Oklahoma;
Otis Armstrong (24), running back, Purdue; Pete Adams (77), lineman, Southern California;
Gary Huff (19), quarterback, Florida State; Skip Singletary (64), lineman, Temple; Johnny Rodgers (20),
wide receiver, Nebraska; Greg Pruitt (30), running back, Oklahoma; Charles Young (89), tight end,
Southern California; Nick Bebout (71), lineman, Wyoming.

DEFENSIVE TEAM: Top to bottom, left to right: Steve Brown (44), linebacker, Oregon State; Ray Guy (44),
punter, Southern Miss; Joe Ehrmann (76), lineman, Syracuse; Tom Jackson (50), linebacker, Louisville;
Matt Blair (47), linebacker, Iowa State; Willie Harper (81), lineman, Nebraska; Jackie Wallace (25), cornerback,
Arizona; Rich Glover (79), middle guard, Nebraska; Greg Marx (75), lineman, Notre Dame; Dave Butz (62),
lineman, Purdue; Cullen Bryant (16), CB, Colorado; Brad Van Pelt (10), safety, Michigan State. Front: Bob Devaney,
Coach of the Year, Nebraska