Rookie Running Backs and Their 100 Yard Games Against the Denver Broncos

Running for 100 yards or more in a game is a good sign that a running back has had a great day out on the field. Doing so as a rookie can be a very nice accomplishment too. The Denver Broncos have had some great defenses over the years but since their debut in 1960 how many rookie running backs have had 100 yard games against them?

Through the 2014 season, the answer is 26.

Fun Facts:

-The first rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Broncos was Ron Burton of the Boston Patriots in both teams’ first year in pro football, 1960. He carried the ball 16 times for 127 yards that day. That was a long year for the Broncos as they actually gave up five 100 yard games to rookie running backs that year.

-The first rookie to gain 100 yards rushing or more in a game against the Broncos and make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame was O.J. Simpson of the Buffalo Bills.

-At 22 years and 81 days old, O.J. Simpson was the youngest rookie running back to ever rush for more than 100 yards in a game against the Broncos until 2014 when Tre Mason of the Rams did it at the age of 21 years and 102 days.

-The oldest rookie to ever rush for 100 or more yards against the Broncos was Cookie Gilchrist of the Buffalo Bills when he was 27 years old in 1962.

-The most yards rushing ever gained by a rookie running back against the Broncos came in 2000 in the last game of the year when Chargers rookie Jermaine Fazande ran 30 times for 183 yards.

-Rodney Thomas of the 1995 Houston Oilers was the only rookie running back to have a 100 yard game against the Broncos during the 1990’s.

-Notable names to cross the 100 yard rushing mark against the Broncos as rookies include Joe Delaney, Curt Warner, Cookie Gilchrist, Craig James, Ryan Mathews, Abner Haynes, and Billy Cannon.

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