75. Karl Mecklenburg

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75.  Karl Mecklenburg
We would love to make a case for Karl Mecklenburg just for his nickname of the “Albino Rhino” but we have always been a sucker for colorful (or in this case not so colorful) nicknames.

For years, there was no argument that Karl Mecklenburg was the leader of the Denver Broncos defense.  He was a big factor in leading them to multiple playoff appearances and he was able to capture multiple individual accolades for himself.  Unfortunately for Mecklenburg he was not a member of the Broncos squad that finally pushed through to a pair of Super Bowl wins in the late 90’s.

The Denver Broncos seem to have little Hall representation.  Mecklenberg is honored in Denver in the Ring of Fame, but the Rhino is unlikely to be the next Bronco enshrined.

Should Karl Mecklenburg be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.9%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Saturday, 01 January 2000
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Games Played: 180
  • Notable Statistics: 5 Interceptions
    128 Interception Return Yards
    16 Forced Fumbles
    14 Fumble Recoveries
    47 Fumble Recovery Yards
    2 Fumble Recovery Touchdowns
    79.0 Quarterback Sacks
    1,118 Combined Tackles
    44 Solo Tackles*
    11 Assisted Tackles*
    114 Approximate Value

    12 Playoff Games
    1 Interception
    12 Interception Return Yards
    2.0 Quarterback Sacks
    9 Combined Tackles

    *Solo Tackles and Assisted Tackles were not official Statistics
  • Played For: Denver Broncos
  • College: Minnesota
  • Drafted: 12th Round, 310th Overall in 1983
  • Major Accolades and Awards: First Team All-Pro Selection (3) (1985, 1986 & 1989)
    Second Team All-Pro Selection (1) (1987)
    Pro Bowl Selections (6) (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 & 1993)
    Highest Approximate Value (1) (1989)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (1) (1989)
    Top Ten Finishes: Combined Tackles (3) (1986, 1987 & 1989)
    Top Ten Finishes: Forced Fumbles (2) (1985 & 1987)
    Top Ten Finishes: Quarterback Sacks (1) (1985)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 52.  Combined Tackles: 1,118
    79.  Quarterback Sacks: 79

Should Karl Mecklenburg be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 81%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 12.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.8%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 2.9%

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