After being overlooked by Pro Football Hall of Fame voters for years, the Denver Broncos are starting to break down the doors in Canton, Ohio.
In 2017, running back Terrell Davis was voted in. Two years ago, cornerback Champ Bailey and late owner Pat Bowlen reached the Hall of Fame. Last year, safety Steve Atwater reached Canton. This year, quarterback Peyton Manning and safety John Lynch were voted in.
The Broncos have had six representatives voted into the Hall of Fame over the last four years (not including safety Brian Dawkins, who finished his career in Denver and reached Canton in 2018). The trend might continue in 2022.
Next year, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware will be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Ware spent the majority of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, but one of the biggest accomplishments on his resume — a Super Bowl win — was achieved with the Broncos.
Another former linebacker, Randy Gradishar, also deserves a Hall of Fame nod. Gradishar is a senior candidate and he was a finalist in 2020. Ware and Gradishar getting voted in together next year would be a fitting way for Denver’s Hall of Fame trend to continue.