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  • 80stheman
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    Ha! I voted for Gradishar, and that made 53 votes for #53!

    Of course someone will come along and vote for Randy and ruin it

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  • ArchAngel
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    Am I the only one who doesn't miss Al Wilson's forearm tackle? The dude muffed so many tackles trying to make ESPN's "Jacked up" highlights. Randy Gradishar on top of my list with Meck a distant second.

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  • Red-Falcon
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    Why is Von Miller on that list...?????????

    To me, Mecklenburg is the greatest. Haven't seen any but two games of Randy Gradishar, so I can only talk about those that I saw playing.
    Next will be Mobley, Fletcher, Al Wilson...

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  • DishWater
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    I never saw Gradishar play, but I would say my favorite Bronco LB was Mobley.

    I still have his rookie card I bought when I was 11 or 12 in a Craig K Mart. I'll always remember when I bought it. I looked forward to seeing the player on the card play on Sundays. Sure, he wasn't the best, and it's a silly reason to like a player, but I say go chuck a duck...

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  • Letswinplz77
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    In order......Gradishar, Fletcher, Meck, Jackson and Wilson for sentimental reasons. None of the others even come close.

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  • Bootleg
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    Gradishar was before my time, but from what footage I've seen/heard about him from other fans, it seems he's a level above the rest.

    The best I've seen personally is Al Wilson.

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  • olgrouch
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    I can't believe anyone even voted for anybody but Randy. Just take a count of the probowls. You've got the answer.
    Simon was a great player but a great LB no way. Ian Gold no way. The next greatest after Randy would be Tom, then Bob Swenson. IMO.

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  • Al Wilson 4 Mayor
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    Originally posted by broncojuan View Post
    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!
    I totally respect that opinion. I just don't remember him that well. His stats and achievements certainly warrant being considered one of the best LB's to ever play the game.

    When I was a kid in grade school he and Upchurch were my favorite players, but I was 10 or 11 at the time, and I just don't remember it very well.

    It kind of troubles me to admit it, but I don't even remember watching Meck play that much, and I can remember when he was drafted and picked up a fumble (or maybe it was an INT) his rookie year and took off with the ball in the open field. I remember the commentators commenting on how athletic he looked for his size, but other than that I can't specifically remember any of his plays. I can remember his style of play being very physical, but just not any individual play.

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  • blue diamond
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    Originally posted by Axemaster View Post
    Randy Gradishar by a LAAANNDDD SLIDE!!! There was and is no better that I have seen in my lifetime!!!
    Qft.....

    Anyone serious would vote for him, and he should have been the only name in the poll. So I voted von miller...lol

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  • Axemaster
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    Originally posted by Roddoliver View Post
    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
    Couldnt said it better if i tried. If you ever seen him play, you would know, he deserves to be HOF for a long time now.

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  • Axemaster
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    Randy Gradishar by a LAAANNDDD SLIDE!!! There was and is no better that I have seen in my lifetime!!!

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  • samparnell
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    Those are the Dudes.

    [QUOTE=broncojuan;3782911]

    I think #9 is WAY to low for this group. They should easily be top 5.[/QUOTE

    Swenson's and Rizzo's names should be on this poll, too. :thumb:

    Thanks, Bro.

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  • Salty
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    #7 on offense and #77 on defense.

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  • broncojuan
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    I think #9 is WAY to low for this group. They should easily be top 5.

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  • lvbronx
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    Originally posted by blonddad View Post
    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?
    IMO, Meck was the most physical LB we ever had...But it's a matter of opinion.

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