It was only a matter of time when others outside of Broncos Country were alarmed at the fact that Steve Atwater is not in Canton.
On Saturday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will complete their process and announce the remaining modern players who will be enshrined in Canton in August. While there is not a lot of Denver Broncos players in the hall right now, one name that Broncos Country is scratching their heads at right now is Steve Atwater.
A hard hitting safety for the Broncos in the 1990s, there was not a player who could lay down the timber like Steve Atwater. While I only caught the last bit of his career, I have heard plenty of good things about his style of play.
There have been plenty of players present and past who have said he has changed the dynamic of the game itself. But to Broncos Country, there is a lot of surprise that he still is not enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Michael Irvin, a Hall of Fame wide receiver who played with the Dallas Cowboys, remembers Steve Atwater quite well.
"“Steve Atwater’s a beast, man. Just flat out, he was a beast. And he came up, the way he played safety was the way you play safety. You did not want to get hit by Steve Atwater, man. We all remember the Christian Okoye play. Boom, in his tracks right there. That shows you the kind of hitter he is.”-Michael Irvin (via BroncosTV)"
Irvin was not the only current Hall of Famer to provide his thoughts on Steve Atwater. Deion Sanders, one of the most prolific cornerbacks in the 1990s, had his two cents on “The Smilin’ Assassain.”
"“Steve Atwater was a dog, man. He was great. He was an unbelievable safety that truly made a difference. Fierce competitor. A force to be reckoned with. He was something.”-Deion Sanders (via BroncosTV)"
Having two current Hall of Fame members say that about Steve Atwater and his impact in the game is all that you need to know about the thought process of even one already enshrined in Canton.
It is time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to put Atwater into Canton once and for all.