Denver Broncos 1976-1978
Chicago Bears/Washington Redskins 1979

 An extremely talented and highly recruited athlete from McKinley High School Lonnie Perrin grew up in Washington D.C.  and went on to University of Illinois. His career is described as “plagued by injuries” but despite injuries he still rushed for over 900 yards and scored 10 touchdowns his senior year. He also tied a Fighting Illini record when he kicked a 52-yard field goal against Penn State in 1972.
In 1976 he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 5th round. He ran the ball, caught the ball, returned kickoffs and even handled kickoff duties. Lonnie Perrin stayed with the Broncos for the next 3 seasons and was a major part of their runningback rotation during the Bronco’s Super Bowl run of 1977. That year he was the team’s second leading rusher and in 1978 he had the most yards rushing. And even though he was considered primarily as a backup during his time with Denver he was the franchise’s 10th All-Time Leading Rusher when he left. He finished his career in 1979 spending 9 games with the Chicago Bears and 5 with his hometown team, the Washington Redskins.

 Leaving Pro Football he went back to Washington D.C. where he worked with Disadvantaged Youth. His community work had such an impact that he was recognized by the Virginia State Legislation after his passing in January of 2021.

Lonnie Perrin Denver Broncos 1976 to 1978
Lonnie Perrin

(a quick note – below in the “Additional Reading” links I’ve listed the obituary listing from the Washington Post. I don’t normally include links to obituaries but the comments have some very insightful remarks and glimpses into this man’s life) 

Image Gallery of Lonnie Perrin

Lonnie Perrin Career Statistics

 Rushing & Receiving Career Totals
GamesRushingReceivingCombined
YearAgeTeam#GamesRushesYardsTDLongY/ACatchesYardsY/RTDLongTouchesY/TchYScmTotal TD
197624DEN3514371182143.24358.8015413.71532
197725DEN35141104563624.1610617.71411164.85624
197826DEN33161084554284.210545.41131184.35095
1979272 Teams 14718052.612727.002785.6450
 CHI259514052.812727.002766.8410
 WASH35524032.0     22.040
3 Years Broncos4425510299624.0201959.82412754.5122411
9 Games Bears9514052.812727.002766.8410
5 Games Redskins524032.0     22.040
4 Year Career5826210479624.02122210.62412834.5126911
Career Kick Return Totals
YearAgeTeam#GamesKick ReturnsYardsTDLongY/RtAPYd
197624DEN35141439104327.9544
197725DEN351437203224.0634
197826DEN33161225603321.3765
1979272 Teams1448602921.5131
 CHI25911301313.054
 WASH35537302924.377
3 years Broncos442971904324.81943
9 games Bears911301313.054
5 games Redskins537302924.377
4-Year Career  583380504324.42074

Leave a Reply