Biography: Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin, S

Austin Goose Gonsoulin
Denver Broncos’ Goose Gonsoulin in action against the Kansas City Chiefs at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Dec. 8, 1963. (Rich Clarkson/Rich Clarkson Associates via AP Images)
Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin was one of the four original Ring of Fame inductees in 1984 and was recognized for his splendid play at safety for seven seasons.

Gonsoulin was one of the original Broncos from the 1960 season and was one of three original Broncos still with the team at the start of his final year with the club in 1966. At the end of his Broncos career, he was the all-time American Football League leader in interceptions with 43 and still ranks second in club history in that category.

His 11 pickoffs in 1960 as a rookie are still a Denver club record, and he shares the team and NFL record for interceptions in a game with four, a feat he accomplished on Sept. 18, 1960, at Buffalo. He also had three interceptions in a game against Kansas City on Oct. 11, 1964.

Gonsoulin led the Broncos in interceptions four times in his career, including in consecutive seasons from 1962-63, and currently ranks fifth in club history with 542 career interception return yards. He was an All-AFL choice in 1960, ‘62 and ‘63 while also being named to the AFL All-Star Game from 1961-64 and in ‘66. His amazing durability and toughness enabled him to start 61 consecutive games at one point in his career.

Gonsoulin played one season with San Francisco in 1967 after his Broncos career concluded. A native of Port Arthur, Texas, he was captain of his college team at Baylor University.