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Best Bronco not in the Hall? It’s Atwater

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Who is the best Bronco not in the Hall of Fame?

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Will Darren Woodson’s HOF moment ever come?

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Steve Atwater was a first-team NFL all-decade selection for the 1990s and the thumper on a defense that helped the Broncos win back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

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Both the Broncos and Raiders have won three Lombardi Trophies and the Broncos went to three more Super Bowls than the Raiders. Yet the Raiders have nine more players (14) in the Hall of Fame than the Broncos.

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Despite playing on three Super Bowl champions, Darren Woodson was a glaring omission from the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1990s. Selected ahead of him were Steve Atwater, LeRoy Butler, Carnell Lake and Ronnie Lott.

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Why Pro Football Hall-of-Fame voters need to wake up to the candidacies of former safeties LeRoy Butler and Steve Atwater, both first-team all-decade choices.

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Hall-of-Fame semifinalist Steve Atwater believes the induction of Seattle’s Kenny Easley in 2017 will open the doors in Canton to more safeties in the future.

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LeRoy Butler intercepted 38 career passes and won a Super Bowl with the 1996 Packers. He became the first defensive back in NFL history to join the 20/20 club with 20-plus interceptions and 20-plus sacks (20 ½).

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Everson Walls ranks fifth all-time among pure cornerbacks with 57 interceptions. That’s as many as Hall of Famer and Mel Blount and more then Deion Sanders, Darrell Green or Charles Woodson.

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Class of 2017 inductee Terrell Davis says that if he had a chance to bring one person with him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame his choice would be former teammate Steve Atwater.

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The Denver Broncos have only four players in the Hall of Fame. There’s a belief safety Steve Atwater should be the fifth.

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Safety is the most underappreciated position in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only seven pure safeties have been inducted.

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There are 11 all-decade safeties eligible for the Hall of Fame but are not yet enshrined. Eight have never even been discussed as finalists.

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Former Denver safety Steve Atwater is most often associated with a jarring stop of running back Christian Okoye on Monday Night Football. But it wasn’t Okoye who was the toughest for him to tackle. It was another AFC West running back you should remember.

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The Talk of Fame Network visits the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas to talk football and the Hall of Fame with former Giants coach Jim Fassel and HOF candidates Steve Atwater and Roger Craig.

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Former Denver safety Steve Atwater has a complete resume that’s missing only one line: Hall of Fame. He’s a semifinalist for the Class of 2016, but he’s been down this road before — nominated five times, but never breaking through to the final 15. It’s time to change that.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has only seven pure safeties, with Kenny Houston the last one to play … and that was 1980. That will change soon, and it should said former Dallas star Darren Woodson. And the next safety he’d put in? Steve Atwater, come on down.

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