Elway, Zimmerman named HOF finalists

Broncos legend quarterback John Elway and offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman are among the 15 finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Elway was named in his first year of eligibility, but former Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar failed to make the final cut.

Class of 2004 Finalists Announced - NFL.com
January 14, 2004 - John Elway and Barry Sanders, two first-year eligible candidates, are among the 15 finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall's Board of Selectors meet in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 31. Joining the former Denver Broncos quarterback and Detroit Lions running back as finalists are 12 former all-league players and a highly successful team/league administrator. The players include defensive ends Richard Dent, Carl Eller, and Jim Marshall; linebacker Harry Carson; offensive linemen Bob Brown, Bob Kuechenberg, Rayfield Wright, and Gary Zimmerman; cornerback Lester Hayes; safety Cliff Harris; and wide receivers Bob Hayes and Art Monk. The team/league administrator is George Young.

Elway, Zimmerman named finalists for Hall of Fame - Denver Post - Associated Press
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - John Elway and Gary Zimmerman of the Denver Broncos are among 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today. The Hall's board of selectors selected the finalists from a list of 25 semifinalists. Former Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar, who was on the list of 25, did not make the finalists' list.

Hall passes on LB Gradishar - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - For Randy Gradishar, it has become a rite of winter. Every January he gets his hopes up, and every January the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters leave him disappointed. The disappointment may run deeper this time. After 14 years of being ignored by the voters, he made the list of 15 finalists in 2003, only to be omitted from this year's group.

Smith: no punts and no complaints - Denver Post - Associated Press
Thursday, January 15, 2004 - Hunter the Punter might need a new nickname. The Indianapolis Colts' offense has been so spectacular through two playoff victories that Hunter Smith has not punted once. And the Colts wouldn't mind giving him another day off when they play the New England Patriots on Sunday for the AFC title.

Elway heads Canton list - Rocky Mountain News - Bloomberg News
January 14, 2004 - Quarterback John Elway, who led the Denver Broncos to two Super Bowl championships, and running back Barry Sanders are among 15 finalists for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. Elway helped the Broncos win the Super Bowl in 1997 and 1998 and passed for 51,475 yards in his 16-year career, second in National Football League history behind Dan Marino.

Hall's finalist call skips over Gradishar - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
January 15, 200 - The Denver Broncos soon will see their first player enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but Randy Gradishar won't be part of that class. The standout linebacker wasn't among the 15 finalists announced Wednesday by the selection committee.

Bonus still hanging in balance - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
January 15, 2004 - Daryl Gardener's status with the Denver Broncos still might be in limbo, but the organization recently made it clear how it feels about his $5 million signing bonus. The Broncos want it back, all of it.

Elway, 'Zim' finalists for 'Hall' - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
January 15, 2004 - It has been more than 20 years since the Denver Broncos traded quarterback Mark Herrmann and offensive lineman Chris Hinton to Baltimore. All the franchise got in return were the rights to John Elway. And it took another decade to bring Gary Zimmerman to town.

Elway, Zimmerman Among Hall of Fame Finalists - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - John Elway is another step closer to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Wednesday, the Hall of Fame announced its roster of 15 finalists, which included both Elway and one of his chief protectors, offensive lineman Gary Zimmerman. The Broncos added Zimmerman to their Ring of Fame on Sept. 28, honoring him at a ceremony during halftime of the game against the Detroit Lions.

Back-to-Back Championships Started with Miami - DenverBroncos.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - In January of 1999 the Denver Broncos embarked on a mission to become the first club to capture back-to-back Super Bowl Championships since the Dallas Cowboys had done so after the 1992 and 1993 seasons. Denver stumbled down the stretch of the regular season having lost two of it's last three games. After blazing to a 13-0 start the team fell to the New York Giants 20-16 and then lost again on Monday Night Football, 31-21 to the Miami Dolphins, both road contests.

Divisional Playoff Review: Ian Gold Analyzes the Games - DenverBroncos.com
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - When taking a look at the playoffs, it's advisable to consult the experts – especially when they're available in-house as they are with the Broncos. Ian Gold was a part of the Broncos postseason appearance in 2000. Here's Ian's recap of last weekend's AFC Divisional Playoff games.

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