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Tony Dorsett
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Tony Dorsett

Denver Broncos

Dorsett rushed for 12,033 yards during 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys and was a key to their five NFC title game and two Super Bowl appearances (one a win), but his role shrank in 1987. Hoping to complement the passing of John Elway and win a Super Bowl after three futile attempts, the Broncos took a gamble by acquiring Dorsett, 34, before the 1988 season for a conditional draft pick. He led Denver in rushing with 703 yards, but the Broncos still finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs. The pounding Dorsett absorbed led to his retirement after the season.

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