All three players are deserving of such an honor. Each of them left indelible marks on the franchise during their time with the team. From game-winning kicks, to monstrous tackles, to refining the art of the sack — all three players are welcome additions to this year’s class of inductees.
Former kicker Jason Elam was a third-round pick of the team back in 1990. During his time with the Broncos, Elam would be a first-team All-Pro on three occasions and be selected to the Pro Bowl three times.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719434-get-si-subscription-with-... Elam was also selected as part of the Denver Broncos 50th Anniversary Team and was an instrumental part of the Super Bowl-winning teams of 1997 and 1998.
Following the 2016 Ring of Fame Pillar Unveiling outside of Mile High Stadium on Sunday, Elam shared his feelings about going the honor.
“It’s a huge honor to get to go in, especially with John and with Simon, two great, great Broncos and even better people," Elam said. "You never come into this thing thinking that this is even possible, so to be even mentioned with the guys in the Ring of Fame is a huge honor. I just love being a former Denver Bronco.”
Before there was Von Miller, there was Simon Fletcher. A rangy, undersized player, Fletcher would thrive as a rush-linebacker/defensive end after being selected by the team from the University of Houston as a second round pick in 1985.
Fletcher is still the team’s all-time leader in sacks with 97.5 and holds an NFL record of consecutive games with at least one sack (10) that he shares with current Bronco, DeMarcus Ware. One of the most disruptive defensive players of his era, Fletcher would have five straight seasons of double-digit sacks, but shockingly, was never elected to a Pro Bowl during his time in the league.
Fletcher would defer his achievements in finally making it to the Ring of Fame to other notable Broncos defenders he shared the field.
I’m also feeling gracious and gratitude to the guys that I was forced and blessed to play with," Fletcher said. "If your DBs aren’t covering, if your front three aren’t getting pushed, then you’ll never get a quarterback sack. The guys opposite of you, whether it’s [DL] Rulon Jones, [DE] Barney Chavous, [Ring of Fame LB] Karl Mecklenburg, if they’re not containing, you never get one sack because the guy just runs out of the pocket."
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1719958-3-keys-to-victory-broncos... Finally, John Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowler and three-time first team All-Pro. He joined the Broncos after starting his career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, helping them win a Super Bowl championship in 2002.
Lynch joined a tradition of hard-hitting safeties in the mold of Dennis Smith and Steve Atwater and would help the team make it to the AFC Championship game in 2005. Lynch is also a Buccaneers Ring of Fame inductee this year.
Lynch would talk about what the honor has meant to him.
"Thank you to the Broncos for making this possible," Lynch said. "I had a nice ride over from Kansas City and doing it on a Monday night, I sure appreciate them working with my schedule. This is just the first step. Unveiling this, it’s pretty special and to see Simon and Jason along with me makes it even better.”
The Denver Broncos are a proud franchise with a long and illustrious history. With so many great players still waiting to get into the hallowed ring and many more that are yet to come, it is a special day when three great players will be remembered for their contributions to one of the most successful franchises in league history.
Congratulations to Jason Elam, Simon Fletcher and John Lynch on their induction into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.
Adam Uribes is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @auribes37.
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