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Champ Bailey among 13 Broncos nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame's modern-era Class of 2019


Of the 102 former NFL players and coaches announced Thursday as nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, 13 have Broncos ties — including first-time candidate Champ Bailey, who retired in 2014 after 10 seasons with the team.

Bailey is joined by seven Ring of Famers: wide receiver Rod Smith (1995-2007), center Tom Nalen (1994-2008), linebacker/defensive end Karl Mecklenburg (1983-94), safeties Steve Atwater (1989-98), Dennis Smith (1981-94) and John Lynch (2004-07), kicker Jason Elam (1993-2007) and former head coach Dan Reeves (1981-92).

Defensive end Neil Smith, who won two Super Bowls (XXXII and XXXIII) and spent three years with the Broncos, is also a nominee. Running back Clinton Portis, who spent two years in Denver and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2003, is also nominated. Former Broncos Ty Law and Simeon Rice, who spent a season or less with the team, were also selected.

One other nominee — former offensive lineman Chris Hinton — also was briefly a Bronco, but he never played a game for Denver. The Broncos drafted Hinton with the fourth-overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, but they traded him to Baltimore before the season started in the deal that brought John Elway to Denver.

Brief summaries of each nominee's career stats and accolades are below:

Steve Atwater

Career stats: 167 games, 166 starts, 1,356 total tackles, 24 interceptions, one defensive touchdown, 5.0 sacks

Super Bowls: Two wins (XXXII, XXXIII), three appearances (XXIV, XXXII, XXXIII)

Individual accolades: Consensus All-Rookie selection, two-time First-Team All-Pro (1991-92), one-team Second-Team All-Pro (1996), eight-time Pro Bowler (1990-96, 1998), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team, Ring of Fame inductee (2005)

Champ Bailey

Career stats: 215 games, 212 starts, 812 total tackles, 52 interceptions, four defensive touchdowns, 3.0 sacks

Super Bowls: One appearance (XLVIII)

Individual accolades: three-time First-Team All-Pro (2004-06), two-time Second-Team All-Pro (2000, 2012), 12-time Pro Bowler (2000-07, 2009-12), NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

Jason Elam

Career stats: 263 games, 436 field goals made, 540 field goals attempted, 80.7 field-goal percentage, career long of 63 yards, 675 PATs made, 679 PATs attempted, 99.4 PAT percentage

Super Bowls: two wins and two appearances (XXXII, XXXIII)

Individual accolades: three-time Second-Team All-Pro (1995, 1998, 2001), three-time Pro Bowler (1995, 1998, 2001), Ring of Fame inductee (2016)

Ty Law

Career stats: 203 games, 189 starts, 53 interceptions, seven interceptions returned for touchdowns, 5.0 sacks

Super Bowls: Three wins (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), four appearances (XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX)

Individual accolades: Two-time First-Team All-Pro (1998, 2003), five-time Pro Bowler (1998, 2001-03, 2005), NFL 2000s All-Decade Team

John Lynch

Career stats: 224 games, 191 starts, 26 interceptions, 13.0 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, 9 fumble recoveries

Super Bowls: One win and one appearance (XXXVII)

Individual accolades: Three-time First-Team All-Pro (1999-2001), one-time Second-Team All-Pro (2002), nine-time Pro Bowler (1997, 1999-2002, 2004-07), Ring of Fame inductee (2016)

Karl Mecklenburg

Career stats: 180 games, 141 starts, 1,145 total tackles, 79.0 sacks, five interceptions

Super Bowls: Three appearances (XXI, XXII, XXIV)

Individual accolades: Four-time First-Team All-Pro (1985-87, 1989), six-time Pro Bowler (1985-87, 1989, 1991, 1993), Ring of Fame inductee (2001)

Tom Nalen

Career stats: 194 games, 188 starts

Super Bowls: Two wins and two appearances (XXXII, XXXIII)

Individual accolades: Two-time First-Team All-Pro (2000, 2003), one-time Second-Team All-Pro (1999), five-time Pro Bowler (1997-2000, 2003), NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year (2003), Ring of Fame inductee (2013)

Clinton Portis

Career stats: 113 games, 108 starts, 2,230 rushes, 9,923 rushing yards, 75 rushing touchdowns, 247 receptions, 2,018 receiving yards, five receiving touchdowns, three passing touchdowns

Individual accolades: One Second-Team All-Pro (2008), NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year (2002), two-time Pro Bowler (2003, 2008)

Dan Reeves

Coaching record: 190 wins, 165 losses, two ties, 11-9 playoff record, three AFC Championship wins and one NFC Championship win

Career stats: 100 games, 39 starts, 535 rushes for 1,990 yards, 25 rushing touchdowns, 129 receptions, 1,693 receiving yards, 17 receiving touchdowns

Super Bowls: As a head coach, four appearances (XXI, XXII, XXIV, XXXIII); as an assistant coach, one win (XII) and three appearances (X, XII, XIII); as a player, one win (VI) and two appearances (V, VI)

Individual accolades: two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year (1993, 1998), Ring of Fame inductee (2014)

Simeon Rice

Career stats: 174 games, 161 starts, 122.0 sacks, five interceptions

Super Bowls: One win and appearance (XXXVII)

Individual accolades: Four-time First-Team All-Pro (1996, 1999, 2002, 2003), three-time Pro Bowler (1999, 2002-03), NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1996)

Dennis Smith

Career stats: 184, games, 170 starts, 1,171 total tackles, 30 interceptions, 15.0 sacks, 17 fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown

Super Bowls: Three appearances (XXI, XXII, XXIV)

Individual accolades: One-time Second-Team All-Pro (1989), six-time Pro Bowler (1985-86, 1989-91, 1993), Ring of Fame inductee (2001)

Neil Smith

Career stats: 191 games, 162 starts, 104.5 sacks, 582 tackles, 30 forced fumbles, four interceptions, two defensive touchdowns

Super Bowls: Two wins and appearances (XXXII, XXXIII)

Individual accolades: One-time First-Team All-Pro (1993), three-time Second-Team All-Pro (1992, 1995, 1997), six-time Pro Bowler (1991-95, 1997), NFL 1990s All-Decade Team

Rod Smith

Career stats: 183 games, 158 starts, 849 receptions, 11,389 receiving yards, 68 receiving touchdowns

Super Bowls: Two wins and appearances (XXXII, XXXIII)

Individual accolades: Two-time Second-Team All-Pro (2000-01), three-time Pro Bowler (2000-01, 2005), Ring of Fame inductee (2012)

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