Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater (27) returns an interception during the Broncos 34-8 win over the New England Patriots at Foxboro Stadium on November 17, 1996. (Photo: Al Bello/Allsport)
The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class could be distinctly orange and blue.
Thursday, former Broncos Steve Atwater, Champ Bailey and John Lynch were all named as Modern-Era Finalists for the 2019 Class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Cornerback Ty Law, who played the final year of his 15-year career with the Broncos, was also named a finalist.
Atwater, Bailey, Lynch and Law are among a group of 15 Modern-Era Finalists who will be vying for seven spots in the Hall this year.
The class will be revealed on Saturday, February 1, the day before the Super Bowl.
Atwater joined Dave Logan and Rick Lewis on Lewis & Logan Thursday afternoon.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2019
THREE FORMER BRONCOS NAMED PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME MODERN-ERA FINALISTS
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Three former Denver Broncos—cornerback Champ Bailey as well as safeties Steve Atwater and John Lynch—have joined Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen as finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019, it was announced on Thursday.
The three players were selected as two of 15 modern-era finalists from an initial group of 102 nominees. They join the contributor nominees (Bowlen & Gil Brandt) and senior nominee (Johnny Robinson) as the 18 finalists that will be considered for enshrinement by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee on the eve of Super Bowl LIII (Feb. 2).
Also named a modern-era finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was cornerback Ty Law, who played his final NFL season with the Broncos in 2009.
Below is the entire list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019:
MODERN ERA FINALISTS (must receive 80 approval from Selection Committee; between 4-8 finalists will be selected):
S Steve Atwater (2-time finalist - 2016, ’19)
CB Champ Bailey (first year of eligibility)
T Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
HC Don Coryell
G Alan Faneca
HC Tom Flores
TE Tony Gonzalez
G Steve Hutchinson
RB Edgerrin James
CB Ty Law
S John Lynch (6-time finalist - 2014-19)
C Kevin Mawae
S Ed Reed
DE Richard Seymour
CONTRIBUTOR FINALISTS (must receive 80 approval from Selection Committee, voted on independent of other finalists):
Pat Bowlen, Broncos Owner
Gil Brandt, Former Cowboys Personnel Executive
SENIOR FINALIST (must receive 80 approval from Selection Committee, voted on independent of other finalists):
S Johnny Robinson