After an exhiliarating win over the New York Giants on Thanksgiving Day, the Denver Broncos have some more good news.
Two former star players who made quite an impression on this team have been named semifinalists for the Hall of Fame. Both deserve this honor and hopefully the people who choose who gets in will make a wise decision and put in at least one Bronco.
Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe are the two lucky dudes, while Floyd Little was named an automatic finalist back in August. Now just picture it... not 1... not 2 but 3 Broncos going into the Hall of Fame all in one year. Takes your breath away doesn't it? That would be a dream come true.
The committee will name the 15 finalists on January 7, 2010 and from there the final list of nominees will be put in consideration for Hall of Fame honors along with two previously announced senior nominees: our own Floyd Little and former Detroit Lions CB Dick LeBeau.
Little, who led the team in rushing for seven consecutive seasons from 1967-73, finished his Broncos career ranked No. 1 on the franchise's all-time list for rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. One of the team's four original Ring of Fame members, Little played in the Pro Bowl in 1970, 1971 and 1973, and participated in the AFL All-Star Game in 1968 and '69.
Davis, the 1998 NFL MVP and Super Bowl XXXII MVP, owns franchise records for rushing yards (7,607) and touchdowns (60). The three-time Pro Bowler is one of five players ever to rush for 2,000 yards in a season. A Broncos Ring of Famer, Davis notched at least 100 yards rushing in seven of eight playoff games with the team.
Sharpe, who was named to the Pro Bowl seven times as a Bronco and helped the club to two Super Bowl victories, was elected as the 22nd member of the Broncos' Ring of Fame in late May. He finished his career by becoming the NFL's all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns by a tight end. In 172 career regular-season games with Denver, Sharpe registered the second-most receptions (675), receiving yards (8,439) and receiving touchdowns (55) by a player in club annals, trailing only wide receiver Rod Smith.
Final voting will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee's annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced immediately afterwards. While there is no set number for any class of enshrines, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and seven new members will be selected.