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Spencer Larsen has made history.
Larsen, a Denver Broncos rookie, started at both fullback and linebacker today at Atlanta. Lindsay H. Jones of the Denver Post reports that that makes Larsen the first player in Broncos history to start on both offense and defense.
Larsen started at middle linebacker for the injured Nate Webster and also made his first start at fullback. The Broncos drafted Larsen thinking he would play linebacker and had him there in training camp, but just before the regular season started, they moved him to fullback. Today he’s a starter at both positions.
Per Jones, the last NFL player to start a game on both offense and defense was Baltimore’s Orlando Brown, who started on both the offensive and defensive lines in a game against the Raiders in 2003. Other recent players who have been two-way starters include Champ Bailey, who once started at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Redskins, and Deion Sanders, who started at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Cowboys.

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  1. accordngs says: Nov 16, 2008 2:14 PM

    He also started special teams!
    So a 3-way starter!

  2. Ches says: Nov 16, 2008 2:23 PM

    That’s kind of weird considering they have that Hillis guy who had that big game against Miami.

  3. nerdmann says: Nov 16, 2008 2:29 PM

    I know a guy who “plays both ways.” He doesn’t admit it though. (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.)

  4. playmaker says: Nov 16, 2008 2:59 PM

    i thought t.o. and jeff garcia also go both ways.

  5. MarkB says: Nov 16, 2008 3:34 PM

    So did all these guys “starting” both ways actually stay on the field for both offence and defense, or did they start and then just play a few downs?

  6. Clocker08 says: Nov 16, 2008 3:37 PM

    MDS, you forgot on another two way starter: the venerable Troy Brown, who was recently inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame.

  7. Clocker08 says: Nov 16, 2008 3:39 PM

    We’re forgetting one other two-way starter: the venerable Troy Brown (who was recently inducted into the Patriots Hall of Fame).

  8. vegas42 says: Nov 16, 2008 5:26 PM

    Ches, Hillis started at tailback, so Larsen moved into the starting fullback slot. It will be interesting to see if Hillis starts again next week, or if P.J. Pope showed enough today to convince shanahan to start him. I’m not sure who it was, but someone on this site has been saying for a couple of weeks that Pope will impress if he gets some carries. Kudos to whoever has been telling us that…

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