Bobby Humphrey Biography

Bobby Humphrey was drafted by the Denver Broncos in round 1 of the 1989 Supplemental NFL Draft. The 6-1 205 pound Humphrey had an outstanding college career at the University of Alabama, but a foot injury had him labeled as damaged goods. The Denver Broncos looked past his broken foot and paired Humphrey with fellow rookie running back Melvin Bratton. “We were just two guys who were supposed to be high-round draft choices but we got hurt,” said Humphrey. “Melvin has the potential to be great and I have the potential to be great. We had great careers in college. And we want to follow through with those careers.” (1)

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Player Info

Height 6' 1"
Weight 205 lbs
DOB: 10/11/1966
Running Back

B. Humphrey Stats

NFL Draft

1989/Round 1/Supplemental

Bobby Humphrey Career Highlights

Pro Bowl



First Denver Broncos rookie to run for 1000 yards

Team(s) As A Player

Denver Broncos 1989-1991
Miami Dolphins 1992


Bobby Humphrey Broncos

After a lengthy holdout, Bobby Humphrey needed some time to work himself into football shape during his rookie season. By the time week five had arrived, Bobby Humphrey got his first start against the rival San Diego Chargers on October 8, 1989. He did not disappoint. For the game he had 23 carries for 102 yards and the game winning touchdown with 1:03 left to play.

“I've been off a full year, so when I came here I had to re-learn the various cuts and get used to full contact. I also had to learn to lower my shoulder,” Humphrey said. “All of that was something I had to work on when I got here.”

“We have not yet seen the best of Bobby Humphrey,” said running backs coach Mo Forte. “I think we're just starting to see what he might be - could be. I think he's just beginning to work his way back to what he was before he was hurt.” (2)

During his rookie season, Bobby Humphrey had four 100 yard games and finished the season with 294 carries for 1151 yards, caught 22 passes for 156 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. Humphrey became the first Denver Broncos running back in history to reach more than 1000 yards rushing during his rookie season. He helped lead the Broncos to the Super Bowl along with quarterback John Elway, but the Broncos lost in a blowout.

Bobby Humphrey to the Pro Bowl

After a stellar rookie season, Bobby Humphrey had a terrific sophomore campaign. Over a four week period from September 17, 1990 to October 8, 1990, Bobby Humphrey had 98 carries for 544 yards rushing (5.6 per carry) and four touchdowns in just four games. For the season, Humphrey had 288 carries for 1202 yards (a career high) and 7 touchdowns. He added 24 catches for another 152 yards.

Bobby Humphrey for Sammie Smith Trade

After a lengthy holdout in 1991 which led to Gaston Green becoming the Denver Broncos new starting running back, Bobby Humphrey was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Sammie Smith before the 1992 NFL season. Humphrey had a decent year in a reserve role for the Dolphins with 102 carries for 471 yards, caught 54 passes for another 507 yards and scored 2 touchdowns.

Bobby Humphrey Stats

During his short career, Bobby Humphrey had 695 carries for 2857 yards, a 4.1 average, caught 100 passes for another 815 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. He also added 1 touchdown pass.

By A. Goodin,
April 11, 2009

Bobby Humphrey Biography Sources:


(2)          "Humphrey nears 1,000-yard mark / If health holds up, Broncos rookie has promising future." Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. 1989.

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