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Broncos announce former AFL All-Star Dave Costa has died

Dave Costa a four-time AFL All-Star in the 1960s, has died at the age of 71, according to the Broncos’ website.

A defensive tackle from Utah, Costa was selected by the Rams in the 1963 NFL draft and by the Raiders in the 1963 AFL draft. Costa ultimately decided to go with the Raiders, where he came in second place in AFL Rookie of the Year voting.

Costa had his most successful seasons in Denver, where he played from 1967 to 1971 and was chosen to the AFL All-Star team in each of his first three seasons. Costa played for the Chargers in 1972 and 1973 and finished his career with the Bills in 1974.

In all five of his seasons with the Broncos, Costa was chosen as the team’s defensive captain.

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11 Responses to “Broncos announce former AFL All-Star Dave Costa has died”
  1. michaeljacksonisback says: May 24, 2013 7:51 PM

    Should have played for the Rams and he’d of been a HOF! RIP big guy

  2. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 24, 2013 7:55 PM

    Great, now I feel bad for the Mt. Rushmore thing. You can have Champ Bailey’s spot. It’s the least I can do. RIP.

  3. pftfollower says: May 24, 2013 8:16 PM

    Man did defensive tackles look a bit different back then.

  4. oldcat157 says: May 24, 2013 9:30 PM

    Costa was a great broadcaster. I never realized he was so old. I’ll always remember him from the 96 Barcelona games.

  5. 4thqtrsaint says: May 24, 2013 9:33 PM

    Not a flattering picture. The longer I stare at it the funnier it gets. But much respect for the man.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: May 24, 2013 9:47 PM

    There will be greater demand for his rookie card though.

  7. brucefan1 says: May 24, 2013 10:52 PM

    That card in the picture is one of the first ones that I ever got in a bubble gum pack! Dave’s pose always cracked me up! Good memories. Enjoy knocking em down on Gods team, DC!

  8. louhudson23 says: May 25, 2013 3:11 AM

    Back then,offensive linemen could not put their hands on defenders and push them ,they had to be mobile and quick and defensive lineman equally as quick and agile …..which is why you didn’t see 300+ linemen on either side of the ball…….the game was simply not the pinball machine of offensive rules imbalance and ultra specialization that we see today…..

  9. joeloj says: May 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    He was a good player, as was his brother Paul who played TE for the Bills. Paul won the AFC championship with the Bills in 1965.

  10. thesteelers says: May 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    This is why the Steelers didn’t draft him.

  11. jettykidsmb says: May 30, 2013 3:04 PM

    I had the pleasure of growing up around alot of these guys. (pro ball players) Walt Sweeney recently passed away and now Uncle Dave… There was never a man with a bigger heart than Dave Costa. He was truely larger than life and always had a smile on his face and something good to say. Back when he played with the Chargers, he watched out for us kids on the beach and always pushed us to stay healthy and be the best we could be. You’d see him out running every morning with that great big smile, and he encouraged us kids as we headed in to the water to go surfing. I last spoke with him about 2 months ago and he hadn’t changed one bit. Still larger than life… The world has lost a very special man and he’ll be greatly missed by all that knew him. R.I.P. Uncle Dave – we love you.

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