Sunday, January 26, 2003 - Making the pro football Hall of Fame is a daunting task. Being selected in your first year of eligibility is even harder. Trying to do so as an offensive lineman makes the odds astronomical. So it was that former Denver Broncos offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman showed a great deal of equanimity when he heard the news he wasn't selected in Saturday's vote.
Tackling life with faith - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, January 26, 2003 - For a guy who routinely used to make 200 tackles a year, Randy Gradishar has had a hard time getting his hands around the game's greatest individual honor - induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
A not-so-quiet man - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Sunday, January 26, 2003 - BEND, Ore. - City slickers have wandered aimlessly into these thick, moss-shrouded woods and never been seen alive again. This is Sasquatch country, a two-full-tanks-of-gas drive from the nearest NFL stadium.
To us in Denver, it's still Can'ton - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, January 26, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - Randy Gradishar and Gary Zimmerman were not voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. My fault.
No Broncos for the Hall of Fame - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
January 25, 2003 - SAN DIEGO - The Denver Broncos were shut out in Hall of Fame voting again, with both Randy Gradishar and Gary Zimmerman failing to make the final cut Saturday. That means John Elway undoubtedly will be the first true Bronco inducted when he becomes eligible next year. "Just write him in now," Zimmerman said from his home in Oregon.
Once Again, Hall Doesn't Call on Broncos - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Jan. 25, 2003 - For one more year, the Broncos will remain without a representative in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Linebacker Randy Gradishar (1974-83) and offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman (1993-97), both of whom represented the first Hall of Fame finalists to have earned their honor by virtue of their Broncos careers, were not selected, as both were eliminated when the selection committee trimmed their list of finalists from 10 down to six.
Allen heads 2003 Hall of Fame class - NFL.com
Jan. 25, 2003 - A day before his former team plays in the Super Bowl, Marcus Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The former Oakland Raiders running back was chosen for the Class of 2003 in his first year of eligibility. He will be joined by Elvin Bethea, Joe DeLamielleure, James Lofton and Hank Stram, who went in as a seniors candidate.