Broncos, Briefly: Friday, Feb. 1, 2019

We asked 48 of our NFL analysts -- reporters, editors and former players -- which top five modern-era finalists they would vote into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That's how we ended up with our edition of the Class of 2019.

"Well, I think of the five (modern-era) spots, Ed Reed should be first ballot, Tony Gonzalez should be first ballot and Champ (Bailey) should be first ballot," Atwater said. "And I think you could really flip a coin for the other two, so it’s like buying a lottery tickets and there’s 12 tickets. I’ve got one in 12 chance."

Upset the Denver Broncos didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year? Here’s something to cheer about! Puppies from the Dumb Friends League will be playing in the fourth annual Denver International Airport Puppy Bowl on Friday.

A heavier-than-expected piece of gold jewelry resides on Allen Aldridge’s right ring finger.

Eyes immediately are drawn to the outline of the Denver Broncos logo as the ring’s main feature, which is apt considering Aldridge’s current job.

Aldridge isn’t sure how many diamonds are encrusted around the size-13 ring fit for an NFL linebacker. Nor is he sure how much it costs. He knows it’s a lot of diamonds and a lot of dollars.

This is usually the only time of year he wears the ring from Super Bowl XXXII.

“I believe it’s going to happen,” Sharpe said of the likelihood Bowlen will be elected to the Hall on Saturday.

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