Tom Nalen To Be Inducted Into Broncos’ Ring of Fame

 

The Denver Broncos have their 24th Ring of Fame member. Welcome former center Tom Nalen to the club.

Nalen played 14 seasons for the Broncos and anchored an offensive line that was among the best in the NFL. He played in the third-most regular season games (194) in team history, and his 188 starts are second only to John Elway.

Nalen will be honored on September 29 at halftime when the Broncos host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Drafted in the seventh round of the 1994 draft out of Boston College, Nalen made five Pro Bowl appearances, which is the most by an offensive lineman in franchise history. He was part of seven playoff teams, three division champions, and two Super Bowl winners.

Nalen blocked for 1997 NFL MVP Terrell Davis’ memorable 2,000-yard year in 1998 and helped clear holes for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year performances by Mike Anderson (2000) and Clinton Portis (2002).

The only other offensive lineman to be elected to the Ring of Fame is Gary Zimmerman.

“That’s pretty cool,” Nalen said of the honor. “My name’s going to be in the stadium.” -DenverBroncos.com

The team’s Ring of Fame was created by Pat Bowlen in 1984 to recognize former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise’s history.

My guess as to who the next Ring of Fame member will be after Nalen? None of than Ed McCaffrey.

Here’s a look at other inductees:

Name Pos. Yrs. w/Broncos

Year Inducted

Tom Nalen C 1994-2008

2013

Rod Smith WR 1994-2007

2012

Shannon Sharpe TE 1990-99, 2002-03

2009

Terrell Davis RB 1995-2002

2007

Steve Atwater S 1989-98

2005

Gary Zimmerman T 1993-97

2003

Karl Mecklenburg LB 1983-94

2001

Dennis Smith S 1981-94

2001

John Elway QB 1983-98

1999

Louis Wright CB 1975-86

1993

Tom Jackson LB 1973-86

1992

Randy Gradishar LB 1974-83

1989

Craig Morton QB 1977-82

1988

Haven Moses WR 1972-81

1988

Jim Turner K 1971-79

1988

Billy Thompson S 1969-81

1987

Charley Johnson QB 1972-75

1986

Paul Smith DT 1968-78

1986

Frank Tripucka QB 1960-63

1986

Gerald H. Phipps Owner 1961-81

1985

Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin S 1960-66

1984

Rich Jackson DE 1967-72

1984

Floyd Little RB 1967-75

1984

Lionel Taylor WR 1960-66

1984

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