Though it’s taken quite some time, the Denver Broncos are starting to make their mark on the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
For years, the Broncos barely had a presence in the hallowed hall, taking all the way until 2004 to get their first inductee, John Elway. Since the legendary quarterback earned his gold bust, the Broncos have added six more players who spent all or a good portion of their careers in Denver.
Following last Saturday’s announcement that Peyton Manning and John Lynch will be inducted, they join Steve Atwater as the next three Broncos to get in. But why stop there? There are still more deserving players from this great franchise that could (and likely should) get the call or the knock on the door from David Baker.
In descending order, those players will be counted down here.
6. Karl Mecklenburg
Karl Mecklenburg has been eligible for the Hall of Fame for over two decades, having ended his playing career following the 1994 season. He spent all 12 years of his career in Denver.
Selected in round 12 of the 1983 draft, Mecklenburg watched as 309 players were picked before him. However, he quietly turned into one of the best linebackers in all of football, earning six trips to the Pro Bowl and four All-Pro nods.
He finished his career with over 1,100 tackles and 79.5 sacks, which still ranks third in team history.
‘The Snow Goose’, as he was affectionately nicknamed, was also one of the classiest players in team history. Though his contributions on the field may have been forgotten by many since his career ended so long ago, he is still one of the best players in Broncos history.