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Bronco Rob
03-13-2012, 09:22 AM
Five Greatest Denver Broncos Players of the 90s



By Josh McKinney, Yahoo! Contributor Network13 hours, 31 minutes ago



The Denver Broncos are one of the favorites to land quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released last week by the Indianapolis Colts, the only team he has ever played for. However, whether they are able to sign the four-time NFL Most Valuable Player or not, the Broncos will still be recognized as one of the best teams of all-time. While this is the case, the 1990s are when the team from the Mile High City went from good to great, as the franchise won its only two Super Bowls during the decade. The players listed below are the ones I believe to be the greatest Broncos of the '90s.


Greatest Broncos of the '90s #5: Gary Zimmerman

Even though he spent the first six seasons of his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings (following two years with the Los Angeles Express of the short-lived United States Football League), I had to include Zimmerman on this list because he did spend his final six years with the Broncos and he was undoubtedly the leader of the offensive line during his time with them. He started every game of his 184-game career and went out on top when he helped the Broncos to their first-ever Super Bowl victory in '97.


Greatest Broncos of the '90s #4: Rod Smith

After being signed by Denver in '94, Smith remained an integral part of the team for his entire 14-year career, ultimately becoming the only undrafted free agent in league history to surpass 10,000 yards receiving. Some of his best years came in the late '90s, as he had over 1,000 yards receiving in '97, '98, and '99. While all of his Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections came later, his most memorable game was likely Super Bowl XXXIII, in which he caught five balls for 152 yards, the fourth highest total in Super Bowl history.


Greatest Broncos of the '90s #3: Shannon Sharpe

Creating the mold for the modern-day tight end, Sharpe enjoyed his most productive years during the '90s, appearing in seven of his eight Pro Bowls and winning two of his three Super Bowl rings (he added one more with the Baltimore Ravens in 2001). For much of his 14-year career, he was the go-to receiver for his teams, amassing over 60 catches in all but four seasons - with three of those instances occurring in the first three years of his career.


Greatest Broncos of the '90s #2: Terrell Davis

"T.D" had his career cut short due to injuries, but he is still one of the most talented running backs in NFL history. After the Broncos took him in the sixth round of the '95 draft, Davis went on to win two Super Bowls while also appearing in three Pro Bowls and being named an All-Pro three times. In '98, which was his by far his best season, he rushed for 2,008 yards (he is now one of only six players to gain over 2,000 yards on the ground), averaging 5.1 yards per carry and accruing 21 rushing touchdowns en route to the MVP Award.


Greatest Broncos of the '90s #1: John Elway

Given that he is one of the greatest players in NFL history, Elway was a shoo-in for the number one spot on this list. He posted some impressive numbers in the '80s, but the '90s are when he was the most consistent. Although he won the MVP Award in '87, he experienced his best years during the '90s, including leading Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl titles in '97 and '98. The fourth member on this list who is in the Hall of Fame, Elway is synonymous with the Broncos and will forever be known as one of the top signal callers to ever play the game.







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Gcver2ver3
03-13-2012, 09:32 AM
no glyn milburn?....

Gcver2ver3
03-13-2012, 09:34 AM
in all seriousness...

Steve Atwater should be #4....

fontaine
03-13-2012, 09:34 AM
1a. Tim Tebow.

vancejohnson82
03-13-2012, 09:36 AM
no glyn milburn?....


my FAVORITE Bronco for quite a while....

so you would take out Smith and put in Atwater??? or bump Zimmerman?

I would tend to bump Smith to five, put Atwater at 4, but I can see why Zimmerman is up there....

it really gets tricky if you want to do the best players of the 2000s

barryr
03-13-2012, 09:37 AM
Glaring thing to me is any player drafted by the Broncos say in the first 3 rounds in the 90's even could be mentioned in such a list, even a little? I guess Trevor Pryce?

Gcver2ver3
03-13-2012, 09:53 AM
my FAVORITE Bronco for quite a while....

so you would take out Smith and put in Atwater??? or bump Zimmerman?

I would tend to bump Smith to five, put Atwater at 4, but I can see why Zimmerman is up there....

it really gets tricky if you want to do the best players of the 2000s


i LOVE smith, he was a stud in the late 90s no question, but he made a lot of his noise in the 2000s...

i'd bump him out of the top 5...

probably consider taking out Z since he joined us so late in the 90s and then retired in 97...

i'd have Tom Nalen as #5...

montrose
03-13-2012, 09:57 AM
5 Best Names!
Maa Tanuvasa
Sir Mawn Wilson
David Diaz-Infante
Le-Lo Lang
Bubby Brister

oubronco
03-13-2012, 10:24 AM
No Atwater?

houghtam
03-13-2012, 10:24 AM
5 Best Names!
Maa Tanuvasa
Sir Mawn Wilson
David Diaz-Infante
Le-Lo Lang
Bubby Brister

DARREN DROZDOV DISAGREES

WolfpackGuy
03-13-2012, 10:26 AM
They had Butler Bynote for a hot minute.

bronco militia
03-13-2012, 10:46 AM
1a. Tim Tebow.

1990's,

you know-before you were born

:wave:

Rohirrim
03-13-2012, 10:48 AM
No love for Big Eddie?

boppool
03-13-2012, 10:51 AM
5 Best Names!
Maa Tanuvasa
Sir Mawn Wilson
David Diaz-Infante
Le-Lo Lang
Bubby Brister

Lol... I remember Blake IZORRRR!

boppool
03-13-2012, 10:53 AM
Al Wilson deserves some considerations. Along with Atwater, he was heart and soul for the defense.

55CrushEm
03-13-2012, 10:57 AM
Al Wilson deserves some considerations. Along with Atwater, he was heart and soul for the defense.

Al Wilson wasn't drafted until 1999.....so it's hard to say he was one of the best of the 1990's.......

TheReverend
03-13-2012, 10:58 AM
I'd swap Smith with Zimm, but pretty spot on.

BroncoBuff
03-13-2012, 11:07 AM
I'd have Tom Nalen as #5...

Yeah, I considered the same thing ... loved me some Nalen.

But Zim was here six years, and he's in the Hall.


Honorable Mention: Nalen, Eddie McCaffrey, Howard Griffith, Steve Atwater, Alfred Williams.

Rohirrim
03-13-2012, 11:08 AM
Shows how good a team that was. Hard to pick out just five.

BroncoBuff
03-13-2012, 11:12 AM
Shows how good a team that was. Hard to pick out just five.

That '97 team led the league in offense ... offensive starters included SIX Hall of Fame caliber guys too.

stopgap
03-13-2012, 11:16 AM
Nostalgia bug lol

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 11:56 AM
The 90's are an easy decade.

Top 5 of the 80's or 70's or even 2000's would be more interesting.

Arkie
03-13-2012, 12:00 PM
Atwater is the greatest defensive player of the 90's. He made the pro bowl almost every year that decade, but nobody on defense made the list.

BroncoLifer
03-13-2012, 12:07 PM
Guys like Nalen and R. Smith usually get screwed by lists like this because their prime years fell 1/2 in the '90s and 1/2 in the '00s. I'd go with Atwater over Rod because Smith's peak was in the early 2000s.

titan
03-13-2012, 12:08 PM
The 90's are an easy decade.

Top 5 of the 80's or 70's or even 2000's would be more interesting.

I'll take a shot at the 70's:

Craig Morton qb
Louie Wright cb
Tom Jackson lb
Randy Gradishar lb
Floyd Little rb

4 from the miracle 77 team and "the franchise" floyd little (who retired after the 75 season)

Honorable mention: Charlie Johnson, Otis Armstrong, Bob Swenson, Lyle Alzado, Haven Moses, Rick Upchurch

vancejohnson82
03-13-2012, 12:12 PM
the 2000s is difficult because the cupboard gets pretty bare after the top 3 (Champ, Al WIlson, Portis???)

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 12:26 PM
I'll take a shot at the 70's:

Craig Morton qb
Louie Wright cb
Tom Jackson lb
Randy Gradishar lb
Floyd Little rb

4 from the miracle 77 team and "the franchise" floyd little (who retired after the 75 season)

Honorable mention: Charlie Johnson, Otis Armstrong, Bob Swenson, Lyle Alzado, Haven Moses, Rick Upchurch

I would add Rich Jackson and Riley Odoms maybe Rizzo,

Titan, if you had to pick an OL from the 70's who would it be?

stopgap
03-13-2012, 12:27 PM
http://www.1043thefan.com/Pics/alfredAndD-Mac/bobby_humphrey.jpg

just kidding

vancejohnson82
03-13-2012, 12:27 PM
I would add Rich Jackson and Riley Odoms maybe Rizzo,

Titan, if you had to pick an OL from the 70's who would it be?

wow....its very rare that you can rattle off two guys in a row that I have no knowledge in....guess thats what happens when you were nowhere close to being born yet

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 12:33 PM
the 2000s is difficult because the cupboard gets pretty bare after the top 3 (Champ, Al WIlson, Portis???)

Gary, MA, Smith played well into 2000's, Sharpe made it into the 2000's

vancejohnson82
03-13-2012, 12:35 PM
Gary, MA, Smith played well into 2000's, Sharpe made it into the 2000's

But if Gary is on the list of 90s players, he can't be eligible for 2000s....same for Sharpe.

And I'm assuming that MA is Mike ANderson???? gotta disagree with that one

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 12:38 PM
wow....its very rare that you can rattle off two guys in a row that I have no knowledge in....guess thats what happens when you were nowhere close to being born yet

Getting old sucks, enjoy your youth and health.

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 12:40 PM
But if Gary is on the list of 90s players, he can't be eligible for 2000s....same for Sharpe.

And I'm assuming that MA is Mike ANderson???? gotta disagree with that one

Good question, I guess if they were still good in 2000's they could make that list too, Elway was the best we had in the 80's and 90's.

Maybe give the dudes who got bumped in the 90's a shot in the aughts.

titan
03-13-2012, 01:15 PM
I would add Rich Jackson and Riley Odoms maybe Rizzo,

Titan, if you had to pick an OL from the 70's who would it be?

Riley Odoms for sure. Rich Jackson I think of more as a late 60's Bronco (67-71) but yeah, if it's for any player in the 70's Jackson deserves on the list.

OL:
rt: Marv Montgomery (probably the most talented bronco olineman of the 70's before he broke his leg in 74, not the same after that)
rg: Paul Howard
c: Bobby Maples
lg: Tom Glassic
lt: Mike Current (sad end to his life but he was a team leader and one of the best blockers for Floyd in the early 70's)

canadianbroncosfan
03-13-2012, 01:21 PM
The only substitution I make is add Atwater in place of Smith or Zim.

Kaylore
03-13-2012, 01:25 PM
Rod Smith shouldn't be on there. He did most of his best work in the 2000's.

WolfpackGuy
03-13-2012, 01:39 PM
I need help with number 5 for the 80's...

1. Elway
2. Dennis Smith
3. Mecklenburg
4. Fletcher
5. Kragen?/Sewell?

vancejohnson82
03-13-2012, 01:56 PM
I need help with number 5 for the 80's...

1. Elway
2. Dennis Smith
3. Mecklenburg
4. Fletcher
5. Kragen?/Sewell?

Rulon Jones??

BroncoBuff
03-13-2012, 02:05 PM
1970's
Floyd Little
Louis Wright
Craig Morton
Billy Thompson
Randy Gradishar

Honorable Mention: Charley Johnson, Bob Swenson, Riley Odoms, Tom Jackson, Rick Upchurch


1980's
John Elway
Steve Watson
Karl Mecklenburg
Tie: Louis Wright, Dennis Smith
Rulon Jones

Honorable Mention: Sammy Winder, Dave Studdard, Simon Fletcher,

broncosteven
03-13-2012, 06:59 PM
Riley Odoms for sure. Rich Jackson I think of more as a late 60's Bronco (67-71) but yeah, if it's for any player in the 70's Jackson deserves on the list.

OL:
rt: Marv Montgomery (probably the most talented bronco olineman of the 70's before he broke his leg in 74, not the same after that)
rg: Paul Howard
c: Bobby Maples
lg: Tom Glassic
lt: Mike Current (sad end to his life but he was a team leader and one of the best blockers for Floyd in the early 70's)

I always liked Paul Howard, plus didn't Mean Joe Green punch him in the nads in 2 different games in '77? The time he hit him in the 77 playoff game Howard was down for a long time.

Glassic was good.

Bronco Rob
03-14-2012, 12:53 AM
1970's
Floyd Little
Louis Wright
Craig Morton
Billy Thompson
Randy Gradishar

Honorable Mention: Charley Johnson, Bob Swenson, Riley Odoms, Tom Jackson, Rick Upchurch


1980's
John Elway
Steve Watson
Karl Mecklenburg
Tie: Louis Wright, Dennis Smith
Rulon Jones

Honorable Mention: Sammy Winder, Dave Studdard, Simon Fletcher,




:strong:

extralife
03-14-2012, 12:56 AM
Guys like Nalen and R. Smith usually get screwed by lists like this because their prime years fell 1/2 in the '90s and 1/2 in the '00s. I'd go with Atwater over Rod because Smith's peak was in the early 2000s.

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BroncoMan4ever
03-14-2012, 01:41 AM
Greatest Broncos of the '90s #4: Rod Smith

After being signed by Denver in '94, Smith remained an integral part of the team for his entire 14-year career, ultimately becoming the only undrafted free agent in league history to surpass 10,000 yards receiving. Some of his best years came in the late '90s, as he had over 1,000 yards receiving in '97, '98, and '99. While all of his Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections came later, his most memorable game was likely Super Bowl XXXIII, in which he caught five balls for 152 yards, the fourth highest total in Super Bowl history.




personally i would take Rod Smith off that list and put in Atwater. Not because i don't think he isn't deserving, but i feel he is listed in the wrong decade.

Rod Smith didn't really hit his prime until the 2000s.

257 receptions for 3811 yards and 25 TDs in the 90s

592 receptions for 7578 yards and 43 TDs in the 2000s

i believe Rod deserves mention as one of the greatest Broncos ever, but in a different decade than this has him listed.