Bobby Humphrey

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Bobby Humphrey
An American football player in an orange jersey and black helmet speaks with a coach in a black sweater.
As head coach of the Birmingham Steeldogs in 2005
No. 26
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-10-11) October 11, 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Birmingham (AL) Glenn
College: Alabama
Supplemental Draft: 1989 / Round: 1
Debuted in 1989 for the Denver Broncos
Last played in 1992 for the Miami Dolphins
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing Yards 2,857
Average 4.1
Touchdowns 15
Stats at

Bobby Gene Humphrey (born October 11, 1966) is a former professional American football player who was selected in the first round by the Denver Broncos in the 1989 NFL Supplemental Draft after a stellar career at the University of Alabama. In his four seasons playing for the Crimson Tide, Humphrey rushed for 3,420 yards (A school record at the time), caught 60 passes for 523 yards, and scored 40 touchdowns. He made the College Football All-America Team in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, he set a school record with 1,471 rushing yards. In 1987, he was voted as UPI's offensive player of the year and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Humphrey was selected in the first round of the NFL's supplemental draft in 1989 by the Denver Broncos.

During his rookie season, he rushed for 1,151 yards and seven touchdowns for the Broncos as they qualified for Super Bowl XXIV, but were defeated 55-10 by the San Francisco 49ers. Humphrey, although finishing the game as the Broncos leader in both rushing (61 yards) and receiving (31 yards), had a key turnover in the first quarter when he fumbled near midfield. Following this fumble, the 49ers would score 34 unanswered points to put the game away. Humphrey was not named NFL Rookie of the Year, due to Barry Sanders' incredible 1470-yard rookie campaign. He followed his impressive rookie performance with a Pro Bowl selection in 1990, rushing for 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns in 1990.

In 1991, Humphrey held out of training camp in hopes of obtaining a new contract. The Broncos, by team policy, refused to renegotiate his pay and the holdout continued late into the season.

Unable to secure a new contract, Humphrey finally ended his holdout in week 14. However, by that time, newly signed Gaston Green had emerged as the team's starting running back and was on his way to completing his own 1000-yard season. Furthermore, Humphrey had fallen out of favor with the team's coaching and front office as a result of the holdout. When Humphrey returned in week 14, he was out of shape and given only a reserve role in the Broncos' offense. He remained on the bench as Denver made a run to the AFC Championship Game, losing to the Buffalo Bills 10-7.

The following offseason he was traded to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for running back Sammie Smith. He played for the Dolphins in 1992 and 1993 but was never able to regain the success he had in Denver.

After NFL career[edit]

Humphrey was the head coach of the Birmingham Steeldogs of the Arena Football League 2 from 2000-2005. As of 2012, Humphrey is vice president of business development for Bryant Bank in Birmingham, Alabama.[2]


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sammy Winder
Denver Broncos Starting Running Back
Succeeded by
Gaston Green