As anyone who has watched any sports via any venue is aware, the NCAA basketball tournament is underway. March Madness. All basketball, all the time on every TV set (OK, maybe not every one). Every year, it’s a great tournament. But did you know that the Denver Broncos have had two players, and one current personnel man, who actually played in the NCAA college basketball tournament? The three greatest college basketball players in Denver Broncos history have been the late Lonnie Wright, former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas and current superscout Cornell Green. Thomas was an exemplary football player for Portland State in his lone 2010 season on their team, but he was a much bigger sports star for the Vikings as a basketball player. A four-year standout on their basketball team, Thomas was named to the Big Sky’s All-Tournament team twice, and helped Portland State reach the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2009, their school’s only March Madness appearances. Thomas’ NFL accomplishments are well-known, and his basketball skills are common knowledge these days, but the other two Broncos to play in the NCAA Tournament might not be so widely recognized. Lonnie Wright was on the Colorado State University basketball team that lost to Elvin Hayes and the University of Houston Cougars in 1966. Wright was All-City, All-County, All-State and All-American at Newark South Side High School, then went on to play basketball—no football—at CSU for four years where he scored 1,246 points in his Rams career. A magnificent athlete, he signed with the Denver Broncos as a free agent and played two years at safety, with one interception in 1966 and four in 1967. He also caught one pass in 1967, making him the only player in Broncos history to have a reception, interception, and have played in the basketball NCAA tournament! He also played for the Denver Rockets (that was the Nuggets name before they joined the NBA) for four years and for the Floridians (another ABA team) for one more, averaging 10.7 points per game in his five-year pro career. Lonnie Wright was easily one of the greatest athletes ever to play for the Denver Broncos, but not better than Cornell Green, one of my favorite all-time guys in our scouting department. Like Wright, Green did not play football but was a magnificent basketball player at Utah State, where he was a two-time All-American for the Aggies. He was the Skyline Conference Most Valuable … – Click Here To Visit Article Source