Good morning, Broncos Country!
Two Denver Broncos are headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In the same class.
Champ Bailey and Pat Bowlen earned induction after the vote on Saturday in Atlanta. Since two Broncos were inducted, there’s a Double Bacon, Double Bronco special edition of the MHR Radio Podcast.
It still doesn’t feel real. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first time in the organization’s history it’s happened. Perhaps it’s because Bailey is the first Broncos defensive player to earn a bust in Canton, Ohio. Before I go any farther, think about that. A franchise with the Orange Rush Crush, went to three Super Bowls in four seasons, and back-to-back Super Bowls. At least the voters realized how elite Bailey is.
As I said on Twitter, no, it didn’t go the way we all wanted and hoped, but Steve Atwater is the definition of a Hall of Famer. The Broncos legend will get his rightful place in due time. Based on everything that was said after the vote, it could/should happen in 2020.
In that refrain, Andrew Mason has wanted the Hall of Fame to have a class that follows the example of the initial 1963 class. Sounds like that could happen.
David Baker w/ @ProFootballHOF just told us that in 2020 they are considering an August HOF class (5 modern, 2 contributors & 1 senior) PLUS a 17-member 100th anniversary September group commemorating the first HOF class in 1963. Potentially 25 new HOF inductees! @BKDenverSports— Ryan Edwards (@redwardsradio) February 3, 2019
David Baker, the president of the Hall of Fame, told Orange & Blue 760 on Saturday night that in 2020 they are considering an August HOF class (5 modern, 2 contributors & 1 senior) PLUS a 17-member 100th anniversary September group commemorating the first HOF class in 1963. As Ryan Edwards said, that is potentially 25 new HOF inductees. The big question on that front is the makeup of modern era and seniors members.
That’s a great way to end the logjam of Broncos and players from other teams who need to get inducted.
Meanwhile, it’s about damn time the Broncos have their day in Canton.
Mile High Salute to Bailey and Mr. B.
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