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Steve Atwater, John Lynch among Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2020 Modern-Era nominees

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Former Broncos safeties Steve Atwater and John Lynch were named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s list of Modern-Era nominees for the Class of 2020.

The Hall of Fame announced the 122-player list on Thursday.

Atwater is a two-time finalist, while Lynch has been named a finalist on six occasions. Both men, who are already Broncos Ring of Famers, were finalists in 2019.

Atwater spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons in Denver, where he recorded eight Pro Bowl nods and two first-team All-Pro selections. He tallied 1,356 career tackles and 24 interceptions and was named to the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team.

Lynch, who has two first-team All-Pro selections to his name, was a Pro Bowler in each of his four seasons in Denver. Including his time in Tampa, Lynch recorded 1,054 career tackles, 13.0 sacks, 26 interceptions and 16 forced fumbles. He was selected to the Pro Bowl nine times. 

Several other players with Broncos ties were also named to the list, including Jason Elam, Rod Smith, Neil Smith, Clinton Portis, Simeon Rice and Chester McGlockton.

The Hall of Fame will trim the list of nominees to 25 semifinalists in November and 15 finalists in early January.

On Feb. 1, 2020, the 48-member selection committee will elect five Modern-Era players to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020.

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