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Steve Atwater to be inducted into Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Former Broncos strong safety Steve Atwater will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame this April, the team announced Tuesday.

Atwater was one of the key contributors to the Broncos' dominance in the AFC in the late 1980s, and went to seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1989-96, and eight Pro Bowls overall. A two-time All Pro player (1991 and 1992), Atwater started all but one game in his 166 game career, playing all but 12 of them in Denver.

He was born in Chicago and went to college at Arkansas, but his hitting power and durability made him a figurehead in Denver, playing in three Super Bowls, winning two championships.

Atwater was the Broncos' starting free safety on their 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl championship teams, with Super Bowl XXXIII his last game as a Bronco.

He played 12 games with the Jets in 1999, and retired after that season. Atwater was induced into the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2005.