Broncos great Otis Armstrong passes away at age 70

Oct 15, 2021, 2:11 PM
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Otis Armstrong #24 of the Denver Broncos carries the ball against the...
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Otis Armstrong, a first-round draft pick by the Broncos in 1973 who spent his entire career in Denver, has passed away, the team reported Friday. He was 70 years old.

One of the most prolific rushers in Denver’s history, Armstrong’s name is littered among the Broncos annals, including a 1,407-yard effort in 1974 that led the NFL and was at the time a franchise record.

Armstrong ranks fourth in Broncos history in terms of career rushing attempts (1,023), rushing yards (4,453) and 100-yard rushing games (13). His 25 career rushing touchdowns ranks eighth all-time for Denver.

Once dubbed a “young Floyd Little” by former offensive coordinator Max Coley, Armstrong followed in the footsteps of “The Franchise” — garnering two Pro Bowl nods (1974, ’76) and one All-Pro selection (1974) during his eight-year career.

A standout in college at Purdue as well, Armstrong rushed for 3,312 yards for the Boilermakers over three seasons, racking up 17 touchdowns on the ground. The Big Ten MVP in 1972, Armstrong was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013.

A native of Chicago, Armstrong resided in Denver with his wife for decades after his playing days.

According to the Broncos, Armstrong’s family has asked that all cards be sent to Fairmount Mortuary (430 S. Quebec Street). And in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Otis Armstrong Scholarship Fund. To donate, text GIVE to 312-809-5226.


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