There's no getting around the fact that the Denver Broncos are egregiously under-represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We're talking about a franchise who has been to (count them) 7 Super Bowls and has 2 Lombardi Trophies. The only Broncos currently in the HoF are John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Gary Zimmerman, and Floyd Little.
The Broncos currently hold the 12th highest winning percentage in the history of the NFL. And with 434 wins all-time, a mark that is significant when you consider that they've only been in existence since 1960, they rank 15th. Teams like the New York Giants, who've been around since 1925 are going to have more wins, because they have a larger sample size. The Broncos have been to the post-season 20 times. Only 16 other franchises can say the same.
I could go on, but I would digress. I could break down each player on the below list and offer up a litany of reasons why they deserve the Hall. The question is, why is a franchise, as storied and successful as the Broncos, so under-represented in the HoF? I wish I could give you an answer. I don't know. I have my suspicions, but they are unfounded.
Yesterday, the HoF released their list of nominees for the 2015 HoF. The Broncos have many guys on this list that deserve enshrinement. Former kicker, Jason Elam, made it for the first time. The rest are as follows.
Terrell Davis, Rod Smith, Tom Nalen, Mark Schlereth, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater, John Lynch, and Dan Reaves (Head Coach).
6 of those players were on the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl winning teams of the 1997-98 seasons. Here's to hoping that guys like Davis and Atwater especially, finally get the HoF love they deserve.
You can find Chad Jensen on Twitter @CJ_Broncos.