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Old 10-03-2010, 09:05 AM   #1
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Which one is more HOF worthy?

We all know very well to expect disappointment when it comes to Broncos getting into the HOF. I thought about this earlier today, and I think that Polamalu will get in. He has the credentials and he's a Steeler. I think that Atwater is both more significant a player historically, and is a better overall player...but he's a Bronco.
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I dont know if Atwater is a better overall player. Polamalu is pretty effing good in both Pass and Run defense. He has a tendency to come up big in big situations too. He is a big game player. Not that Atwater wasn't but if you are comparing each in their primes that's a tougher call than you are making it out to be IMO.
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I dont know if Atwater is a better overall player. Polamalu is pretty effing good in both Pass and Run defense. He has a tendency to come up big in big situations too. He is a big game player. Not that Atwater wasn't but if you are comparing each in their primes that's a tougher call than you are making it out to be IMO.
Atwater was maybe the first player in a long line of 'headhunters', and was the best free safety of his generation.

I didnt intend to downplay Polamalu. I chose him for comparison because I think that the comparison of the two illustrates very well the anti-Bronco sentiment that gets translated through the media of the years into the HOF voting comittees. The bias is nothing necessarily done of ill will, but is a byproduct of Denver being a part of 'flyover' country here in the US. They simply do not cover Denver like they do other markets, and thus do less work to build the reputation of such players in the press.
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Atwater was was a beast, and obviously a Denver legend, but when it's all said and done I think Polamalu is one of the top all-around safeties ever to play the game.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:17 AM   #6
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All i know is they still make Atwater Jerseys. Obviously we idolize the man in Denver how many other players do they mkake jerseys for from Broncos past and how many are in the hall.

There is no doubt however in my mind that Troy will be a hall of famer. his play alone will get him in the hair will always be remembered
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:19 AM   #7
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The similarity between the two, to me, is the heart they play with. Each does for their team. There was a good argument for Atwater being MVP of SB 32. Polamalu is probably the best safety in the game right now. That being said I think you answered your question. Regardless of what anyone thinks of them, Polamalu is a Steeler, Atwater is a Bronco
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Two totally different players.
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Love the way both of them play the game. 2 of my favorite players of all time.

If I was building a defense, I would take Polomalu first though. Guy is just scary good at everything.
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No comparison. As good as Atwater was he's not really better then Dennis Smith IMO. Palomalu is special beyond special. He does things on a football field I never saw other saftey's do.

That play a couple weeks ago where he just flew over the LOS at the snap, landed on the RB, was like out of a movie. You just don't plays like that in the NFL very often.
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I think you have to ask yourself if Atwater was ever considered the best defensive player in the NFL at any point. Because Polamalu has been thought of like that, and probably is thought of like that right now. I think that goes a long way, being the best of your generation. I don't know if Atwater ever had that rep.
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They're different players. They played the game differently and inversely, the game is played differently. It's more of a wide open air attack now vs. 3 yds and a cloud of dust/west coast/maintain control of the LOS during Atwater's day.

Polumalu has better pass defense skills. He's equally aggressive against the run. Yet he can't stay healthy, consistently.

Atwater was weaker in the pass cover game, would absolutely punish you and make you regret ever coming across the middle. He would destroy somebody vs. making an interception, just to set the tempo. In the run game, he was the ultimate force. The guy had the impact of a linebacker. He had countless years over 100 tackles, something almost unheard of from his position. He made the pro bowl 9 years out of the 11 he played in the NFL.

Steve Atwater was a throwback to the game, or at least will be considered that in a few decades. Polumalu is where the game is evolving to, at least right now.

Really hard to say who is better, one just needs to find what they prefer. Steve Atwater could have made a case for co-MVP in super bowl 32 if he caught the INT he dropped. Otherwise, he was absolutely anhialating anything that moved.

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Polamalu will have no problems getting into the HoF.
Atwater is worthy of making it to the Hall. He was your protype safety. Big hits and had the intimidation factor. Great Bronco player!
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I think you have to ask yourself if Atwater was ever considered the best defensive player in the NFL at any point. Because Polamalu has been thought of like that, and probably is thought of like that right now. I think that goes a long way, being the best of your generation. I don't know if Atwater ever had that rep.
Ronnie Lott was never voted as defensive player of the year and he's probably the greatest safety I can ever remember. Do you think Polumalu is better than him?

I think over the years, the ideals of who is having the greatest impact on the game, at least defensively, has opened up quite a bit.
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They're different players. They played the game differently and inversely, the game is played differently. It's more of a wide open air attack now vs. 3 yds and a cloud of dust/west coast/maintain control of the LOS during Atwater's day.

Polumalu has better pass defense skills. He's equally aggressive against the run. Yet he can't stay healthy, consistently.

Atwater was weaker in the pass cover game, would absolutely punish you and make you regret ever coming across the middle. He would destroy somebody vs. making an interception, just to set the tempo. In the run game, he was the ultimate force. The guy had the impact of a linebacker. He had countless years over 100 tackles, something almost unheard of from his position. He made the pro bowl 9 years out of the 11 he played in the NFL.

Steve Atwater was a throwback to the game, or at least will be considered that in a few decades. Polumalu is where the game is evolving to, at least right now.

Really hard to say who is better, one just needs to find what they prefer. Steve Atwater could have made a case for co-MVP in super bowl 32 if he caught the INT he dropped. Otherwise, he was absolutely anhialating anything that moved.
Atwater had this strange upper body leverage...probably due to the physiology of his neck and spinal column. He made it cool to obliterate someone to instill fear. Atwater could be directly related to modern 'defenseless player' rules. He was the king of the head-first explosion. They literally had to make rules against his influence because people were getting hurt! Now that's HOF worthy if anything ever was.
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