May 22, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles center Steve Vallos (68) during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos Offensive Lineman Player Profile: Steve Vallos

Steve Vallos (68) during organized team activities at the Philadelphia Eagles NovaCare Complex. (Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

One man’s misfortune can be another man’s good fortune.   That statement is very fitting to one of Denver’s newest offensive linemen, Steve Vallos.   Vallos was signed by the Broncos when Dan Koppen’s season came to an end thanks to an ACL tear.  As the new season is only a couple of days away, I continue spotlighting the men up front for the Denver Broncos.  Vallos’s past proves he is a talented athlete; let’s hope the Broncos tap into that talent as they start the journey to another super season!

Birth date and location: December 28, 1983 – Youngstown, OH (age 29)

Height: 6-3

Weight: 310

Jersey number: 60

High school: Boardman High School (Boardman, OH)

College: Wake Forest University

NFL Draft: Seattle Seahawks – 2007 (Round 7; 232nd overall pick)

Years pro: 6

Games played: 44

Games started: 9

Awards / accomplishments:

  • Earned All-America and All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors as a college senior after grading out at 90 percent for the season with 92.5 knockdown blocks
  • Named to the honorable mention All-ACC team after starting all 11 games for the Demon Deacons and helping the team average more than 197 rushing yards per game that led the conference as a junior
  • Selected to the second team All-ACC as a college sophomore by the media and first-team All-ACC by rivals.com after starting 11 games for the Deacons
  • Earned third-team Freshman All-America and Freshman All-ACC honors as a redshirt freshman after starting all 12 games and averaging 8.2 knockdowns per game
  • While in high school, earned letters in football, wrestling, and track and field (discus and shot put)
  • Earned first-team all conference honors in football and track…Received honorable mention on the AP All-Ohio team

Interesting Facts:

  • Joined the Denver Broncos as a free-agent signee on July 28, 2013
  • Has allowed only 1.25 sacks in his professional career and has only been called for just two penalties according to STATS, Inc.
  • Professional career has included stops in Seattle, Cleveland, Jacksonville, and now Denver
  • Started a school-record 48 games while at Wake Forest
  • While a sophomore at Wake Forest, appeared at every offensive line position except center
  • Set high school wrestling records for single-season (24) and career (58) pins

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