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Old 03-13-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Default Five Greatest Denver Broncos Players of the 90s

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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Old 03-13-2012, 08:32 AM   #2
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no glyn milburn?....
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #3
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in all seriousness...

Steve Atwater should be #4....
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Old 03-13-2012, 08:34 AM   #4
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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
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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?
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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...
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Al Wilson deserves some considerations. Along with Atwater, he was heart and soul for the defense.
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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.......
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I'd swap Smith with Zimm, but pretty spot on.
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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.
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Shows how good a team that was. Hard to pick out just five.
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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.
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The 90's are an easy decade.

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