The 6-foot-3, 200-pound tight end was named to the 4A Coaches' All-State football team in 1997 as a tight end/defensive back for the Chargers. He caught 21 passes for 292 yards his senior season and was a second-team All-Region defensive back as a junior. Denny went to Arizona as a linebacker and was on the team for three seasons before leaving to play baseball. His father, John Denny, Sr., won the National League Cy Young award in 1983.