Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. We have a new one to unveil today, that of the Denver Broncos.
The Nets were formed in 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League. While the fanbase proved to be strong, the play on the field was not, and they had little to no success in the 1960s. The first few seasons when they migrated to the NFL saw the same result, but a developing “Orange Crush” Defense, took them to Super Bowl XII. They came up short, but it was a start.
The Broncos would trade for the number one pick in 1983, John Elway, and it would usher in a wave of success in Mile High. Elway took the Broncos to three AFC Championships in the 1980s, but they were unable to convert that success into a Super Bowl ring. This changed in the 90s, when Elway gained a prime offensive weapon in Terrell Davis, and the two would win Super Bowl back-to-back in the 1997 and 1998 season, ending the anxiety of Broncos fans.
Denver would again sign a Hall of Fame Quarterback, though in Peyton Manning, it was at the end of his career. The Broncos went to Super Bowl XLVIII, but were thrashed by the Seattle Seahawks. In Manning’s last year, he did enough for them to win Super Bowl 50, though that was more on the strength of their defense.
As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2018 Season.
The complete list can be found here,but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. John Elway
2. Randy Gradishar
We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.
Look for or All-Time Top 50 Carolina Panthers coming next!
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