The top five inside linebackers in Denver Broncos history

4. Tom Jackson

Career in Denver: 1973-1986 (14 seasons)

Career Accolades: 3-time Pro Bowler; 1-time First-Team All-Pro

Jackson played 14 seasons with the Broncos as a part of the legendary Orange Crush defense of the 70s and 80s – but he is in the Hall of Fame for something else. In 2015, he was given the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award for his longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.

Before he became a talking head on the TV, he made a name for himself as a hard-hitting player on the field. Given the time period in which he played, Jackson’s statistics are not available, but as a defensive unit, the ‘77 Broncos gave up just 148 points all season.

Before the arrival of John Elway, Jackson and the rest of the Orange Crush were the backbone of a team that reached the playoffs six times, including two trips to the Super Bowl.

The three-time Pro Bowler can still be seen on ESPN as an NFL analyst.

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