Joe Rizzo

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Joe Rizzo
No. 59
Date of birth: (1950-12-17) December 17, 1950 (age 64)
Place of birth: Glen Cove, New York
Career information
Position(s): Linebacker
College: United States Merchant Marine Academy '73
NFL Draft: 1973 / Round: 15 / Pick 369
(By the Buffalo Bills)
As player:
1974-1980 Denver Broncos
Career highlights and awards
Awards: ECAC All-America, USMMA Hall of Fame
Honors: Denver Broncos Super Team 20
Records: Most interceptions in a game by a LB, tie (3)
Career stats
Playing stats at

Joe Rizzo (born December 17, 1950 in Glen Cove, New York) is a former linebacker of the Denver Broncos. He played for the Broncos from 1974 to 1980 and was a starter in Super Bowl XII and member of the Orange Crush Defense. He had 9 career interceptions. He was part of one of the most dominant linebacking corps in NFL history. Known as the Orange Crush, it consisted of, Joe Rizzo, Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson and Bob Swenson. The corp was named the 9th best linebacking corps in NFL history by Joe was also voted by Bronco fans as one of the top 10 linebackers in the 50 year history (1959-2009) of the Denver Broncos.

A commercial real estate broker since 1984, Joe owns a commercial real estate firm and resides in Wilmington, NC.