For Atwater, who has been a semifinalist five times, this marks his first time as a finalist for the Hall of Fame. Among his accolades are eight Pro Bowls in his 11-year career, two Super Bowl victories in three appearances and a selection to the All-1990s first team. From 1989 to 1999, his physicality and penchant for forcing turnovers made him one of the more dynamic players on defense. Christian Okoye can certainly attest to that.
Steve Atwater, on his case for the @ProFootballHOF, says he respects the process, but, "The film kind of speaks for itself."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 8, 2016
Lynch: Atwater said that when Herm Edwards became TB's DB coach in 1996, he showed him a film of Atwater's highlights.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 8, 2016
This is Davis' second time as a finalist, and the only thing working against his outstanding list of honors is that injury cut his career short. He is the Broncos' all-time leading rusher, rushing for 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons. His peak was in 1998, when Davis ran for 2,008 yards, then the third-highest total in NFL history. For as good as Davis was in the regular season, he was even better in the playoffs. He only played eight games in the playoffs, but he surpassed 100 rushing yards in all but one game, averaging 142.5 yards per contest.
Terrell Davis: "There was nothing that I didn't accomplish." Very true, IMO. No one made more of so few games in the NFL.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 8, 2016
John Lynch: "It's a privilege to be part of the process." Lynch says that all of the 15 are deserving. "They have a tough decision to make."— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 8, 2016
"I know the Broncos have some more Hall of Famers coming, so I’m excited," Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. "Hopefully those types of things happen. We’ll see."