Willie Broughton
No. 68, 79, 97, 99
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1964-09-09) September 9, 1964 (age 59)
Fort Pierce, Florida, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Pierce (FL) Central
College:Miami (FL)
NFL draft:1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 88
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:111
Player stats at PFR

Willie Lee Broughton (born September 9, 1964) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for the Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Raiders, and New Orleans Saints. He played college football at the University of Miami.

Early years

Broughton attended Fort Pierce Central High School. He was a two-way tackle. He received All-state honors as a senior. He also practiced track, where he was the conference's discus throw champion

He accepted a football scholarship from the University of Miami. As a junior, he was a member of the National championship squad. As a senior, he played every position along the defensive line, posting 62 tackles (6 for loss) and 5 sacks.

Professional career

Indianapolis Colts

Broughton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth round (88th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft.[1] He was also selected by the Orlando Renegades in the 1985 USFL Territorial Draft. As a rookie, he appeared in 15 games with one start at left defensive end, making 17 tackles one sack and 2 quarterback pressures.

In 1986, he started the first 8 games at nose tackle, after the team released veteran Brad White. He was limited by a neck injury the rest of the season. He posted 34 tackles, one sack, one quarterback pressure and one fumble recovery.

In 1987, he injured a knee in training camp and was placed on the injured reserve list on August 4.

On July 5, 1988, he was signed as a free agent.[2] He was waived on August 23.[3]

Dallas Cowboys

In 1989, his college coach Jimmy Johnson gave him a tryout and ended up signing him on July 18. He started 14 out of 16 games, while registering 92 tackles (fifth on the team), 3 sacks and 2 passes defensed.

In 1990, he only played in 4 games as backup defensive tackle. He suffered a lower back strain before the fifth game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was placed on the injured reserve list. He was cut on August 20, 1991.[4] He was not re-signed after the season.

Los Angeles Raiders (first stint)

Broughton spent a year out of football rehabilitating his back, before being signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Raiders in 1992. He appeared in 16 games with 8 starts at left defensive tackle.[5] He had 42 tackles and one sack.

On August 30, 1993, he was released and re-signed the next day.[6] He appeared in 15 games as a backup, making 4 tackles and one sack.

Broughton did not play in 1994, after being declared inactive in 9 games. He also was limited with a right elbow injury that he suffered in a preseason drill. He was released on November 14.

Miami Dolphins

On November 23, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins, after Craig Veasey was lost to injury.[7] He was declared inactive in 5 games. He was not re-signed after the season.

Los Angeles Raiders (second stint)

On June 2, 1995, he was signed as a free agent by the Los Angeles Raiders. On August 28, he was traded to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for a draft choice (#220-Sedric Clark).[8]

New Orleans Saints

In 1995, he appeared in 16 games with 10 starts at left defensive end and nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He had 31 tackles, 2 sacks and one pass defensed.

In 1996, he appeared in 14 games with 5 starts at right defensive tackle, he tallied 22 tackles (16 solo) and 2 sacks. He was placed on the injured reserve list on December 19.[9] He was cut on July 18, 1997.[10]

Personal life

His Brother Dock Luckie played nose tackle for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.


  1. ^ "1985 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2023-10-10.
  2. ^ "Falcons sign Yarno, Clauss". Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  4. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "Different Paths Lead to Middle Ground : Raiders: McGlockton and Broughton came from opposite directions to center of defensive line". Los Angeles Times. 17 November 1992. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  6. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  7. ^ "BYARS: HIT ON KNEE BY COLTS' WATTS WAS A CHEAP SHOT". 24 November 1994. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  8. ^ Litsky, Frank (29 August 1995). "After a Series of Setbacks, Foster Let Go by Panthers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  9. ^ "Transactions". Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  10. ^ "Transactions". The New York Times. 19 July 1997. Retrieved January 25, 2020.