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Champ Bailey is one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history.
Whether the Denver Broncos legend makes the NFL 100 all-time team (he didn’t), that doesn’t change. At least Bailey, Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware were in consideration. The same can’t be said for some of the other Broncos legends. Given the disparity between franchise success and members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it’s not really surprising.
On the MHR Radio Podcast (Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify), Adam Malnati and I talked about the point of these “lists” — exactly this. They are all subjective and created to make people debate. If you replaced Bill Belichick and Cris Collinsworth with Don Shula and Tony Romo, you would get a different list. Heck, Sean McVay or one of the younger coaches would produce different results.
Champ Bailey not getting on the NFL 100 list for corners is showing once again this list is just a boomer nostalgia trip down memory lane.— Nick Kendell (@NickKendellMHH) December 7, 2019
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Think of any of the great players in NFL history, not just from Denver, and you could make the case they should be on the list. The two who stand out for me are LaDainian Tomlinson and J.J. Watt.
In terms of the positions to come who were Broncos, John Elway and Peyton Manning will obviously make the all-time roster for quarterbacks. Shannon Sharpe should at tight end. And Gary Zimmerman should at left tackle. But given how Denver’s organization is overlooked, it wouldn’t surprise me if PFM is the only player listed above who makes the list.
If that does indeed happen, people will then argue about how much the list is garbage.
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