Sport

Football

Years Played

1983-86

Year Inducted

2003

One of the storied names in North Dakota State football history, Braxton was a first-team All-North Central Conference football selection at cornerback as a senior in 1986 and a two-year starter for the Bison. He played on three NCAA national champion teams at NDSU (1983, 1985 and 1986) and one national runner-up club (1984). He charted over 130 career tackles, intercepted nine passes, and broke up more than 25 passes over 40 career regular-season games and 12 NCAA playoff games.

He set and still holds the career record for kickoff returns, averaging 28.6 yards per return, and was third in career punt returns with a 10.1 yards-per-return average when his career concluded. He ran back the opening kickoff in the 1985 national championship game 73 yards to set up a touchdown and set the tone for a 35-7 Bison win over North Alabama. His 84-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 1986 national title game against South Dakota sealed that 27-7 victory for NDSU.

He was a star for the Bison on the track as a member of the 1986 North Central Conference 400-meter relay championship team. He was a four-time conference placewinner in track and field in the long and triple jumps, finishing as NCC runner-up in both the indoor and outdoor long jumps in 1986.

The next-to-the-last player taken in the 12th round of the 1987 National Football League draft, he played 13 seasons in the NFL, 12 with the Denver Broncos and one with the Miami Dolphins. He played in four Super Bowls with the Broncos (1988, 1990, 1998 and 1999) including championships in 1998 and 1999. He played in 181 professional regular-season games, starting in nearly 130 and recording 36 career pass interceptions (34 with the Broncos) including four for touchdowns.

He returned a Steve DeBerg pass for 34 yards for a touchdown on the first passing play of his first start in 1989. And, he wore the number 34 during his pro football career. He retired after the 1999 season.

One of the most popular players on the Denver Broncos, he continues to make his home in Denver. He is a native of Madison, Wis., where he was a star in both football and track in high school at James Madison Memorial High.