Former Broncos wide receiver Jack Dolbin Jr. dead at 70
DENVER (AP) — Jack Dolbin Jr., a wide receiver who was on the Denver Broncos‘ first Super Bowl team in 1977, had died at age 70.
Dolbin, who became a chiropractor, educator and lecturer after football, died Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pennsylvania, according to his obituary posted on legacy.com.
Born Dec. 12, 1948, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Dolbin took a circuitous route to the NFL, playing in three smaller leagues in the early 1970s before catching on with the Broncos five years after leaving Wake Forest, where he starred in football and track.
He played for the Pottstown Firebirds of the Atlantic Coast Football League and the Schuylkill County Coal Crackers of the Seaboard Football League before playing a season with the Chicago Fire of the World Football League in 1974.
Between 1975 and 1979, Dolbin played in 62 games and caught 94 passes for 1,576 yards and seven touchdowns for the Broncos. His best season was in 1977 when he caught 27 passes for 443 yards and three touchdowns and added a TD catch in the playoffs for the AFC champions.