Which Denver Broncos Should Be in the Hall of Fame Next

22 Nov 1998: Running back Terrell Davis #30 of the Denver Broncos looks on during a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 40-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport
22 Nov 1998: Running back Terrell Davis #30 of the Denver Broncos looks on during a game against the Oakland Raiders at the Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 40-14. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport /
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Pat Bowlen
30 Dec 1990: Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen looks on during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Broncos won the game, 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Tim de Frisco /Allsport /

Pat Bowlen

There should be no reason why Pat Bowlen is not in the Hall of Fame right now. He has done so much for this team since he became the owner back in 1984.

During his time with the Denver Broncos, the team has had more Super Bowl appearances than losing seasons. He was also responsible for his contributions to the NFL. Bowlen helped when it came to television and the networks that broadcast NFL games every Sunday afternoon. He was a true pioneer.

I could keep going on how great Pat Bowlen is for the Denver Broncos. But I believe that John Elway more than said it when he dedicated the Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 victory to him.

Karl Mecklenberg

Part of that Orange Crush defense, Karl Mecklenberg had six pro bowl seasons and four First Team All Pro Seasons. His presence on that defense made offensive linemen shake in their boots. Mecklenberg accumulated over one thousand tackles, 79.5 sacks, and five interceptions during his ten year career.

While he did not win the big game, he helped formulate that defense that was so strong in the 1980s. Mecklenburg deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

Jason Elam

1,983 points is quite a bit for any NFL player. Jason Elam got all those points with his leg. For a long time, he was the guy to call upon in Denver if they needed a last second field goal to tie or win the game. His 80 percent field goal percentage meant that he was quite reliable.

One of my favorite memories of Jason Elam was when he kicked a 63 yard field goal. It tied the record for longest field goal in NFL history. He was so excited that he got that kick to go through the upright.

Another favorite memory was his “fire drill” field goal against Buffalo. With no timeouts and just a handful of seconds to go, the Broncos special teams ran onto the field after a completion. Even Gus Johnson did not think the Denver Broncos were going to have the time to kick the field goal.

Next: Brandon McManus kicks a 73 yard field goal

However, they got situated, focused, and Elam knocked in the game winning field goal. It was the best feeling and craziest moment that I had ever witnessed at that point.

Who do you think should be in the Hall of Fame that we missed? Leave your comments below. And congratulations to Terrell Davis on your enshrinement.

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