Randy Gradishar officially elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Correction: This story was updated to remove the names of two people who were not selected for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

DENVER (KDVR) — The wait is over for Randy Gradishar.

Thursday night in Las Vegas, the longtime Broncos Ring of Fame linebacker was officially elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Last August, Gradishar was one of three players from the senior pool nominated by a 12-person Hall of Fame subcommittee.

A tackling machine and the heart and soul of the “Orange Crush” defense that dominated the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gradishar played 10 seasons with the Broncos (1973-1984) and 145 games. He recorded 20 interceptions, four touchdowns and seven Pro Bowls and was named 1978 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

FILE – In this Oct. 31, 1976, file photo, Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler looks for room under pressure from Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gradishar during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Stabler, who led the Raiders to a Super Bowl victory and was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974, has died as a result of complications from colon cancer. He was 69. His family announced his death on Stabler’s Facebook page on Thursday, July 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Jim Palmer. File)

The Broncos’ all-time leading tackler (2,049) has been a Hall of Fame finalist three times: twice as a modern-era finalist (2003 and 2008) and once as a senior candidate in 2020.

This class of Pro Football Hall of Fame will be inducted in August in Canton, Ohio.

Source: Rocky Mountain News

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