Posted Mon Sep 13th by Monty
Randy Gradishar‘s ticket into the Pro Football Hall of Fame became a lot harder to punch a few years ago, when the former Denver Broncos linebacker’s candidacy expired as a modern candidate and he was shuffled into the senior pool.
Only two senior candidates are nominated each year. This year, Gradishar wasn’t one of them.
Six former Broncos were nominated, however, including Dan Reeves, who coached the Broncos from 1981-1992. During that time, Reeves led the Broncos to six post-season appearances, five divisional titles, and three AFC championships (berths in Super Bowls XXI, XXII and XXIV — all losses).
Tight end Shannon Sharpe, who has been a Top 10 finalist in both years of his candidacy, is again nominated.
All in all, 113 modern-era candidates were selected for consideration, which will be whittled down to 25 in mid-November. The six Broncos nominees are:
- Coach Dan Reeves
- Tight end Shannon Sharpe
- Running back Terrell Davis
- Safety Steve Atwater
- Linebacker Karl Mecklenburg
- Cornerback Louis Wright
Who has the best chance and who is most deserving? Will the committee finally let Sharpe — who’s absence the past two years has been nothing short of disgraceful — into Canton’s hallowed halls? Does Reeves deserve to make it into the next round of voting?