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.

11 responses to “Broncos announce former AFL All-Star Dave Costa has died

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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…..

  4. 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.

  5. 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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