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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.

Joe Rizzo
No. 59
Born: (1950-12-17) December 17, 1950 (age 68)
Glen Cove, New York
Career information
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
CollegeUnited States Merchant Marine Academy '73
NFL draft1973 / Round: 15 / Pick 369
(By the Buffalo Bills)
Career history
As player
1974–1980Denver Broncos
AwardsECAC All-America, USMMA Hall of Fame
HonorsDenver Broncos Super Team 20
RecordsMost interceptions in a game by a LB, tie (3)

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


Joe is a former coastal Pop Warner panthers coach and currently a coach for Murray middle school in Wilmington NC