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Mile High Morning: Remembering the Broncos' trade for Tony Dorsett 32 years later


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As an article from WFAA’s Mark Lane reminds us, Thursday marked the 32nd anniversary of the Broncos' trade to acquire Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett from the Cowboys, and though Dorsett didn't obviously have the same success in Denver, it was a memorable move.

In fact, it was so memorable that Sports Illustrated put Dorsett on the cover for their Aug. 1, 1988 issue. The story, written by Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman, focuses on the anticipation that Dorsett's arrival brought to the Broncos — including the tale that Dorsett ran a sub 4.40-second 40-yard dash at 34 years old.

Dorsett bounced back from a disappointing final season in Dallas to lead the Broncos in rushing with 703 yards. In the process, Dorsett moved into second place in career rushing yards.

Dorsett would retire in 1989 after suffering a torn ACL in training camp as he prepared for his second season with the Broncos. His career rushing yardage total now ranks 10th in NFL history.

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ESPN revealed its ranking of “ultimate all-conference” teams that they crafted from NFL players, and though the Broncos didn't have anyone on the winning unit (the Big Ten team), Von Miller's and Bradley Chubb's SEC and ACC teams ranked second and third, respectively. "When I look at the impact talent on this SEC defense -- at all three levels -- there is no question on why they belong at the No. 1 spot," wrote ESPN NFL analyst Matt Bowen. "Myles Garrett, Von Miller and Fletcher Cox up front; three-down traits at the linebacker position; and a playmaking secondary with Stephon Gilmore, Tre'Davious White, Jamal Adams and Tyrann Mathieu. You aren't moving the ball consistently on this group."

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