Dave Costa, who was a star defensive tackle in the AFL in the 1960s, has died at the age of 71, according to the Denver Broncos website.
Costa was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1963 NFL draft and by the Oakland Raiders in the 1963 AFL draft. Costa decided to sign with the Raiders, and he finished second in the AFL Rookie of the Year voting while being named an All-Star that first season.
He played for the Broncos from 1967 to 1971 and was chosen to the AFL All-Star team in each of his first three seasons in Denver. Costa played for the Chargers in 1972 and 1973 and finished his career with the Buffalo Bills in 1974.