The Denver Broncos Are Used to Getting the Cold Shoulder From Canton

By Craig Moir
Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports

It is no doubt that there is a severe issue with Hall of Fame voting, whether it is in MLB, or in the NFL.  Since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger, the  Denver Broncos have been one of the most successful franchises and have been to six Super Bowls, winning back to back in 1997 and ’98.

It is no secret that some of the best players on either side of the ball have donned the Broncos orange and blue, yet they keep getting ignored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee year after year.  Quarterback John Elway was the first Broncos player to be selected for the Mile High city in 2004, and since, we have seen Shannon Sharpe, Gary Zimmerman and Floyd Little who waited thirty years for the nod.

The outrage is that the Broncos have produced such players as LB’s Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Karl Mecklenburg and Simon Fletcher, safeties Steve Atwater, John Lynch and Dennis Smith, OL Tom Nalen, WR Rod Smith and RB Terrell Davis.  I could go into pure stats at this time, but anyone that knows anything about football knows that Atwater was one of the best safeties of his era, and although he may not have gaudy interception totals, he does sit on the All-Decade NFL team and was an annual Pro Bowl nominee when being selected was not just a popularity contest.

Mecklenburg and Fletcher were hybrid defensive players that paved the way for players such as Elvis Dumervil to be utilized as a LB/DE in different packages.  The misrepresentation by the Broncos players in Canton, Ohio is absurd, and there are ways to break the cycle of ignorance by the committee.

Let your voice be heard, BroncosCountry!  Are you passionate about the players that you have watched over the decades and want to change the opinions of the selection committee?  Just write them a letter to show that the player you feel is deserving should get their attention and their vote.  Take some time and actually get out your stats book, write a letter and mail it to:

Pro Football Hall of Fame
2121 George Halas Drive NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

This is the only way that the east and west coast bias will stop!  There are many Broncos eligible for the hall that are not only deserving, but will keep being snubbed because of the irrelevancy in the early seventies, the three Super Bowl losses in the eighties, or the thought that it was all Elway in the nineties.

The selection committee is willing to put players such as Warren Sapp, Cris Carter and Kevin Greene in their hallowed halls?  Are you telling me that Jerome Bettis has a better resume than Davis?  Like Major League Baseball, the NFL Hall of Fame is beginning to become a joke.  The difference with the NFL, however, is that we, as fans, can make a difference by simply taking our time to write a letter and state the pure stats and reasoning why certain players belong with the best.

Stand up BroncosCountry, and help those deserving get noticed once again, as opposing teams noticed them when their coaches set their game plans week after week!


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