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  • blonddad
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    I put Von Miller on the list for reaction. No way (not yet, at least) he should be on the list but maybe one day....

    People hating on Ian Gold. Gold was a personal favorite of mine. He is on the bottom of this list for me as well but I give no apologies for putting him on.

    I loved Bob Swenson and Mike Croel (and Joe Rizzo, too) but chose players with longer careers with the Broncos. Romo had the fewest games (96) as a Bronco on the list.

    Simon Fletcher started out at DE (hence his number 73) but played the majority of his career at OLB. He is the all-time sack leader for the Broncos and I feel the most under-appreciated. He had 16 sacks one year and still didn't make the Pro Bowl. I picked him for sentimental reasons but if I were picking objectively he would not be my choice.

    If I were to pick objectively I think the choice comes down to Gradishar or Wilson with Mecklenburg third. Al Wilson is the most physical LB to wear the Orange and Blue but Gradishar had the best knack for making plays.

    So my order goes:

    Randy Gradishar
    Al Wilson
    Karl Mecklenburg
    Tom Jackson
    Bill Romanowski
    John Mobley
    Simon Fletcher
    DJ Williams
    Ian Gold

    Who knows where Von Miller ends up?

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  • lvbronx
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    Gradishar.

    Not only was he the greatest tackler in the history of the NFL, he was also the best short yardage LB that ever played.

    When Gradishar was playing and the other team was in a 4th and 1, I would "pray" that they would go for it, cuz they weren't going to make it.

    We were getting ready to play the Lions with the great RB Billy Simms and one of the local writers wrote a column about how Billy Simms was 6 for 6 getting first downs on 3rd and 1 or 4th and 1 so far that year.

    Gradishar was something like 9 for 9 in stopping short yardage plays on 3rd and 1 and 4th and 1.

    The article made me very interested in this matchup...

    During the game, on a short yardage, Simms went over RG. Gradishar stopped him.

    Later, on another short yardage play, Simms went off LT. Gradishar stopped him.

    Then, on yet another short yardage play, Simms tried to go around the left end. Gradishar stopped him.

    After the game, Simms was then 6 out of 9 getting first downs and Gradishar was still a perfect 12 out of 12.

    "How many number 53s are there?" - Howard Cosell

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  • qbronco
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    I loved every player on the list. I hope to love Miller, too.

    I went old school. My vote is for Randy Gradishar.

    Randy Gradishar should be in the HOF. He was the undisputed leader of the best defense we ever had.

    This was an easy vote for me.

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  • -Rod-
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    Randy Gradishar. Legitimate HoF candidate. Just look at his body of work and his awards.

    7× Pro Bowl selection (1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983)
    5× First-team All-Pro selection (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981)
    1× Second-team All-Pro selection (1983)
    7× All-AFC selection (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983)
    1978 NFL Defensive Player of the Year
    2× Denver Broncos MVP (1978, 1980)
    2× All-American (1972, 1973)
    Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
    Ohio State Varsity Hall of Fame
    Ohio State Football All-Century Team

    Hall of Fame finalist in 2003, 2008. Semi-finalist in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.co...G/GradRa00.htm

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  • marcus_miller
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    Originally posted by $Broncos$ View Post
    Karl Mechlenburg was our best player.

    I personally loved watching Romanowski though since he was mad crazy in the head on the field.
    Word..........

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  • Hadez
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    I say Karl Mecklenburg because he was the most disruptive force we have ever had on the defense imo. I think he was lucky enough to play with allot of other playmakers but he was the best playmaker of the bunch imo. One season he played 10 of the possible 11 defensive spots.

    Here is my lists

    1. Karl Mecklenburg
    2. Tom Jackson (I have never seen a LB better at getting penetration)
    3. Al Wilson (most dominating run defender we have ever had imo)
    4. Randy Gradishar
    5. John Mobley (will always have a spot on my list for making the victory play in our 1st super bowl win)
    6. Simon Fletcher (I consider more of a DE then LB but he is on the poll)

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  • Foez
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    I went with Mobley not because I think he was the best player but because he was my personal favorite to watch and cheer for...but also he was a good steady starter.

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  • samparnell
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    Bronco Backers?

    Originally posted by blonddad View Post
    Greatest Bronco linebacker of all time.
    Shame on you for not including Bob Swenson. :nono:

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  • Canmore
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    Originally posted by Runner View Post
    Gradishar. It's a crime that an above-average LB like Harry Carson is in the HoF and Gradishar remains on the outside looking in. Inexcusable, actually.
    Gradishar was in a league of his own. He finished his career with the NFL record for most tackles all time with 2,049. He averaged over 200 tackles a season for ten seasons. Unbelievable! How he is not in the HOF is maybe the Hall's biggest travesty.

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  • broncojuan
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    Originally posted by Runner View Post
    Gradishar. It's a crime that an above-average LB like Harry Carson is in the HoF and Gradishar remains on the outside looking in. Inexcusable, actually.
    Bam! This is the argument I've been making for years. I also say it's a sham that a one dimensional player like Andree Tippett can get in before Meck, who had more All-Pro's and pro bowls!
    Last edited by broncojuan; 05-12-2011, 09:55 PM.

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  • Runner
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    Gradishar. It's a crime that an above-average LB like Harry Carson is in the HoF and Gradishar remains on the outside looking in. Inexcusable, actually.

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  • broncojuan
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    Anybody who doesn't vote for Gradishar must not have seen him play. I think he could have been the best LB of his era. I even say he was better than Jack Lambert, and speaking of Lambert, whenever he is asked "who is the be LB you ever played with, or against?" he always answers Gradishar. So who is #1 shouldn't even be a contest, Randy whould have been the Bronco's first HOFer.

    For that matter #2 should be Meck, who should also be in the HOF, although he wasn't quite as good as Randy. TJ or Al Wilson at #3.

    Romo was one of my favorite players when he was here, but he shouldn't make the top ten on this list!

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  • soloking
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    Al Wilson or Tom Jackson! But I'm going with Al!

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  • Al Wilson 4 Mayor
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    Originally posted by Garywolf001 View Post
    Mecklenburg, Not only a bad ass, but he would fill any gap the team needed to like a one man depth chart.
    I can remember him lining up at NT sometimes in nickel situations. That guy was strong as an ox.

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  • Al Wilson 4 Mayor
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    Originally posted by #24 Next Champ View Post
    Al Wilson...I can't vote for Gradishar cuz I didn't honestly see him....and Wilson was a force in his short time...terrible how his career just ended
    Mobley was fairly similar. I think his ideal position was on the outside, but I think the had him in the middle for one year....don't remember because it's been a long time. He was fast and physical, like Al Wilson, but probably not quite as strong in traffic.

    Mobely also had his career cut short. I think he only got to play for 3 or 4 years. His neck injury was really tragic. He was an awesome football player. He probably would have had multiple Pro-Bowls and All Pro selections had his career not been cut short.

    Personally, I'm fairly partial to Al Wilson. The year after John retired there was a huge let-down, and Mobely also got injured towards the end of the season. I don't know if he even played again after that.

    Enter Al Wilson.....Al brought excitement and passion to the game. He was an intense leader. He had all of the physical tools. He was extremely fast with 4.5 speed, and he was also a force inside. He was, to me, the perfect mold if an ILB. There were of course great LB's in Denver, but I was pretty young when Tom Jackson and Randy Gradishar played, so I don't remember them very well. Karl M. was really good too, but he was more of a thumper, not that that's a bad thing. Al Wilson was just one of those football players that gave you atleast one or two of those "oooh" or, "aaaah" moments per game.
    Last edited by Al Wilson 4 Mayor; 05-12-2011, 09:11 PM.

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