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  • Ranking the hardest hitters in Broncos history

    5 John Lynch
    4 Karl Mecklenburg
    2B Steve Atwater (tie)
    2A Dennis Smith (tie)

    And the hardest hitter in Broncos history is:

    1 Tom Jackson

    *Rich Tombstone Jackson gets honorable mention for head slaps. Half the opposing OL today would be in concussion protocol after playing against Tombstone.

  • #2
    Al Wilson deserves an honorable mention as well. He was quite a thumper.
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    • #3
      Even though he was a hired gun, more recently, TJ Ward hit like a truck
      #swapping

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      • #4
        Originally posted by flosstein View Post
        Even though he was a hired gun, more recently, TJ Ward hit like a truck
        I was about to say the same thing. TJ Ward has to be on the list. I agree with Atwater, Smith, and Lynch. I only got to watch Tom Jackson at the tail end of his career.

        If you asked me to pick one guy who hit the hardest between those 4 safeties, I'd wouldn't be able to give you a conclusive answer. Smith and Atwater are fan favorites, but John Lynch was bananas. It didn't even make sense how hard he hit people. TJ Ward had to start changing the way he played by the time he got to Denver, but he still unloaded enough times to aggravate the league in a Broncos uniform. It's hard to find a good video of Ward that doesn't omit a bunch of his better hits, unfortunately. He may not have had as much pop as Lynch did, but he clearly had a propensity for violence that I don't think Lynch had.
        Last edited by Spice 1; 02-04-2020, 12:01 PM.

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        • #5
          No mention of Brian Dawkins?

          Lesser known name but Nick Ferguson had some brutal hits here as well

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          • #6
            Originally posted by beastlyskronk View Post
            No mention of Brian Dawkins?

            Lesser known name but Nick Ferguson had some brutal hits here as well
            Dawkins definitely came to mind. Remember Kenoy Kennedy? He had a few big hits.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Spice 1 View Post
              Dawkins definitely came to mind. Remember Kenoy Kennedy? He had a few big hits.
              Yup Kenoy Kennedy definitely had some monstrous hits. If Chris Chambers could remember that hit he would still have nightmares about it

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              • #8
                Lyle alzado deserves a mention
                He had some hard hits in and out of the ring and some during plays too

                Still pissed we got rid of him
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                • #9
                  Eddie Mac

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                  • #10
                    How is Atwater not number 1? Christian Okoye, the Nigerian Nightmare, was a complete force, no one could tackle him, he just ran over guys, until Steve Atwater hit him. Okoye was never the same after that.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rssVFHtO8_Q

                    And then of course right near the end of Super Bowl XXXII (I believe it was Green Bay's second last offensive play) Atwater knocked out 3 players on the play. GB's Robert Brooks, Denver's Randy Hilliard and himself.

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFrUVvlj5HI

                    All due respect to the other players on the list, but Atwater hit like a freight train.

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                    • #11
                      Dave Costa earned a two page photo in LIFE magazine for his hit on Joe Namath that sent him flying through the air. That's probably worth a spot on the list.
                      "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
                        How is Atwater not number 1? Christian Okoye, the Nigerian Nightmare, was a complete force, no one could tackle him, he just ran over guys, until Steve Atwater hit him. Okoye was never the same after that.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rssVFHtO8_Q

                        And then of course right near the end of Super Bowl XXXII (I believe it was Green Bay's second last offensive play) Atwater knocked out 3 players on the play. GB's Robert Brooks, Denver's Randy Hilliard and himself.

                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFrUVvlj5HI

                        All due respect to the other players on the list, but Atwater hit like a freight train.
                        You are welcome to make your own list. Yes, Atwater was a big hitter. Let's revisit TJ. TJ weighed the same about 225, but was 5'9", ran a legit 4.4 and was a vicious hitter too.

                        And anyone that watched Dennis Smith's entire career has to admit that he was in the same league as Atwater as a hitter. Thurman Thomas said Dennis Smith was "crazy".

                        Saying TJ and Smith were as big hitters at Atwater is hardly a stretch. I gave TJ an edge because he played longer for the Broncos.

                        This was Mecklenburg's "coming out party" when the NFL started to take notice with this hit on Marcus Allen, who may have been the best player in the NFL at the time. I still don't know how Allen got up after that hit.

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                        • #13
                          While I do appreciate that it's your opinion (as well as you giving me permission to do my own list) I would point out that Atwater and Lynch generally make the NFL's hardest hitter lists while the other players on your list don't. But agree to disagree, well done on your list.

                          Moving on, it's crazy that so many of the hits we see in old videos would be 15 yard penalties and big fines, if not suspensions, now.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
                            How is Atwater not number 1? Christian Okoye, the Nigerian Nightmare, was a complete force, no one could tackle him, he just ran over guys, until Steve Atwater hit him. Okoye was never the same after that.

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rssVFHtO8_Q

                            And then of course right near the end of Super Bowl XXXII (I believe it was Green Bay's second last offensive play) Atwater knocked out 3 players on the play. GB's Robert Brooks, Denver's Randy Hilliard and himself.

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFrUVvlj5HI

                            All due respect to the other players on the list, but Atwater hit like a freight train.
                            Agreed. Atwater is the number 1 hardest hitting Bronco.
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                            • #15
                              I wouldn’t list anyone who had a majority of their career highlight heavy hits in another uniform.

                              TJ ward, John Lynch and Dawkins were all notorious for hits with their original franchise. Lynch and Dawkins were both good defenders with us but were both mere shells of their twilight years. Especially Lynch.


                              I’d go with Atwater for clear #1. Still possibly the best hit in NFl history let alone team history.
                              Last edited by DenverBlood; 02-05-2020, 05:16 AM.
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