Mile High Report is making a push this year for Denver Broncos legend Steve Atwater to finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Our 27-in-27 series continues with a career accomplishment that seems like it would be a slam dunk for getting a bust in Canton. Andrew Mason brought it up when he and Ryan Edwards joined Ian St. Clair and me on the MHR Radio Podcast.
Atwater is one of 22 players on the First Team 1990s All-Decade Team. This is an accomplishment that should make a player an obvious selection for the Hall of Fame.
But astonishingly (or not), of the 22 players on the All-Decade team, only two have yet to be in Canton — Atwater, and fellow safety LeRoy Butler.
.@SteveAtwater27 is one of only two players on the All-Decade offense or defense from the 1990s who are not in the Hall of Fame.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 3, 2019
Let’s fix this, @ProFootballHOF. And then in 2020, get @leap36
Into the Hall, so every All-1990s player on offense or defense gets his deserved honor.
What appears to be a no-brainer has apparently stumped the voters.
As Mase said on the podcast, it just shows how unappreciated the safety position is by the voters. Atwater is considered to be the best safety of an entire decade, but can’t get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
This would be the perfect year to rectify this problem. When Kenny Easley was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2017, he made a plea for more safeties to be included, and Atwater was at the top of that list.
Perhaps, this will be the year the voters listen.