ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former Denver Broncos halfback/kicker Gene Mingo will announce the team’s second-round draft choice live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Friday, May 9.
Mingo played five seasons (1960-64) for the Broncos as a halfback and kicker while twice leading the American Football League in scoring—123 points (6 TDs, 18 FGs, 33 PATs) in Denver’s inaugural 1960 season and 137 points (4 TDs, 27 FGs, 32 PATs) as an AFL All-Star selection in 1962.
A multi-talented weapon during the formative years of the franchise, Mingo appeared in 59 career games for the Broncos and totaled 185 rushes for 777 yards (4.2 avg.) with eight touchdowns on the ground and 47 catches for 399 yards (8.5 avg.) and three touchdowns through the air. He also completed 6-of-18 passes (33.3%) for 200 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
On special teams, he connected on 72-of-119 field goals (60.5%) and 111-of-116 extra points (95.7%) for the Broncos and returned 18 punts for 214 yards (11.9 avg.) and one touchdown along with 34 kickoffs for 742 yards (21.8 avg.).
He returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown in the first regular-season AFL game—a 13-10 Broncos victory against the Boston Patriots on Sept. 9, 1960. Mingo later served as an honorary captain for Denver’s “Legacy Game” against the Patriots on Oct. 11, 2009, commemorating the franchise’s 50th season.
The first African-American placekicker in professional football history, Mingo finished his career playing in a combined 71 games for Oakland (1964-65), Miami (1966-67), Washington (1967) and Pittsburgh (1969-70).