Atwater Selected for Ring of Fame

Former Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater has been elected to the prestigious "Ring of Fame", the team announced today.

Official Press Release from the Denver Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Steve Atwater was elected as the 20th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, it was announced Monday. Atwater was named to eight Pro Bowls at safety during his 10-year career with the team from 1989-98.

The induction ceremony will take place Sunday, Oct. 9, at halftime of the Broncos' 2:15 p.m. MDT game against the Washington Redskins at INVESCO Field at Mile High.

Atwater was voted to a franchise-record seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1990-96 and trails only quarterback John Elway (9) for most selections by a Bronco to the NFL's annual all-star game. A key leader on the Broncos' back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams from 1997-98, Atwater also was named an All-Pro by the Associated Press in 1991, ‘92 and ‘96.

The Broncos selected Atwater in the first round (20th overall) of the 1989 NFL Draft, and the University of Arkansas product made an immediate impact as a 16-game starter who was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year by Football Digest. Atwater started all 155 regular-season games he played in his 10 seasons with the Broncos, a total that ranks seventh all-time in franchise annals.

Atwater, who finished his NFL career in 1999 with the New York Jets, recorded 24 career interceptions (388 yds.) with the Broncos to rank eighth in team history. He twice led Denver in tackles (1993 and '95) and posted 1,301 tackles (818 solo), five sacks (39 yds.), 89 pass breakups, 12 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries during his Broncos career.

Atwater is the first former Bronco to be inducted into the franchise's Ring of Fame since tackle Gary Zimmerman (1993-97) joined the distinguished membership in 2003.

The Broncos' Ring of Fame was created in 1984 by team owner Pat Bowlen to honor former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history. The Ring of Fame is displayed on the Level 5 façade of INVESCO Field at Mile High.

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