Willie Broughton

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Willie Broughton
No. 68, 79, 97, 99
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1964-09-09) September 9, 1964 (age 52)
Place of birth: Fort Pierce, Florida
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Pierce (FL) Central
College: Miami (FL)
NFL Draft: 1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 88
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Willie Lee Broughton (born September 9, 1964) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, and the New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Early years[edit]

Broughton attended Fort Pierce Central High School, before moving on to the University of Miami. As a senior, he played every position along the defensive line.

Professional career[edit]

Indianapolis Colts[edit]

Broughton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round (88th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft. He was also selected in the 1985 USFL Territorial Draft by the Orlando Renegades.

In his second season, he started 8 games at nose tackle, after the team released veteran Brad White.

Broughton was signed as a free agent on July 5, 1988,[1] and waived on August 23.[2]

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

In 1989, his college coach Jimmy Johnson gave him a tryout and ended up starting 14 games, while registering 90 tackles, 3 sacks and 2 passes defensed. The next year, he only played in 4 games after suffering a back injury. He was cut on August 19, 1991.[3]

Los Angeles Raiders[edit]

Broughton spent a year out of football rehabilitating his back, before being signed as a free agent by the Oakland Raiders in 1992 and starting 8 games at left defensive tackle during the season.[4]

He was released on August 30, 1993.[5] He did not play in 1994, after dislocating his right elbow in a preseason drill. On August 29, 1995, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a draft choice.[6]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

In 1995, he started 10 games at left defensive tackle. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 19, 1996.[7] He was cut on July 18, 1997.[8]