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8. Steve Atwater

Steve Atwater was one of the most hard-hitting Safeties ever, and his highlight reel reeks of tackles and hots that would be illegal today.  

The first rounder from Arkansas was the runner-up for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, and he helped bring the Broncos to the Super Bowl.  Atwater's already strong game would improve, and he was chosen for seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1990-96) with a pair of them being deemed worthy for a First Team All-Pro Selection.  As the decade was reaching its end, Atwater and the Broncos would win two straight Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII) with the first one considered to be Atwater's last real hurrah as a superstar where he had six tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble.

Atwater is considered one of the bigger Hall of Fame snubs, but he has been a Finalist.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Free Safety
  • Acquired: Selected in the 1st Round, 20th Overall 4/23/89.
  • Departed:

    Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Jets before the 1999 Season.

  • Games Played: 155
  • Notable Statistics:

    155 Games Started

    24 Interceptions

    408 Interception Return Yards

    1 Interception Return Touchdown

    8 Fumble Recoveries

    47 Fumble Recovery Yards

    5 Quarterback Sacks

    1,125 Combined Tackles

    1,038 Solo Tackles

    87 Assisted Tackles*

    *Assisted Tackles were not calculated until the 1994 season
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Super Bowl Champion (XXXII & XXXIII)

    First Team All Pro (1991 & 1992)

    Second Team All Pro (1996)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 & 1998)
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