Former Broncos, Stanford coach Ralston dies at 92

Former Denver Broncos and Stanford football coach John Ralston has died. He was 92.

He passed away Saturday in Sunnyvale, Calif., according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Oakland native landed the Stanford job after leading Utah State to a 31-11-1 record from 1959-62.

He led the Cardinal to consecutive Pac-8 championships and back-to-back Rose Bowls during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. He left for the NFL after compiling a 55-36-3 record in nine seasons (1963-71) at Stanford.

Ralston guided the Broncos to a 34-33-3 record in five seasons from 1972-76.

He later coached the Oakland Invaders of the United States Football League from 1983-84 and at San Jose State from 1993-96.

Ralston was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992. He coached Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman Merlin Olsen at Utah State and 1970 Heisman Trophy winner Jim Plunkett at Stanford.

He is survived by his daughter, six grandchildren and one great granddaughter.