The Broncos were beaten, bloodied, and battered in Super Bowl XLVIII against a much tougher Seattle Seahawks team.
John Elway had put together a legendary offense led by quarterback Peyton Manning, but the defense was atrocious.
So in the 2014 offseason, he set out to add some toughness. The first move he made was signing veteran safety T.J. Ward, a hard-hitting Pro Bowler from the Cleveland Browns.
Ward was one of the top safeties and top defensive players on the market, in general that year. The Broncos snatched him up to be an enforcer on the back end of their defense.
That is exactly what he provided.
In 41 games for the Broncos, Ward racked up 224 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and three interceptions.
He also made a couple of absolutely huge plays in Super Bowl 50 for the Broncos and was part of arguably the best defense in league history that season.
Ward wasn’t in Denver very long, but he played such a major role for the No Fly Zone that it was impossible to keep him off this list.