Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Orange Crush #9 on NFL Network

Don't know if you caught it, but the Denver Broncos and their Orange Crush Linebackers were voted number 9 overall on NFL Networks top Linebacking Corps of All-time. Did you know that the Broncos were the first NFL defense to run a 3-4?

"Offenses did not know how to attack us," says Bob Swenson.

"After you played Denver, you wouldn't be sore physically, you'd be sore mentally," Hall of Fame Quarterback Dan Fouts went on to explain.

Talk of Tom Jackson, Bob Swenson, Randy Gradishar and Joe Rizzo's reign over NFL offenses continued. Including some straight talk from former Denver Radio Analyst Larry Zimmer who states, "To me [Randy Gradishar's] just the epitome of a great linebacker, I think it is an absolute tragedy that he is not in the [football] Hall of Fame."

"I never saw anyone as quick as Tom [Jackson]," says Swenson.

"Joe Rizzo was the kind of guy you wanted to go into a bar with and if anything happened, you'd want him protecting your backside. That was Rizzo," Swenson went on to say.

"It's a special group in NFL history," Zimmer concluded.

Here's the rest of the list:

10) Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Darren Sharper (2000 Ravens)
9) Tom Jackson, Joe Rizzo, Randy Gradishar (Denver Broncos late '70's)
8) Matt Millen, Ted Hendricks, Rod Martin (Oakland Raiders early '80's)
7) Greg LLoyd, Kevin Greene, Levon Kirkland, Chad Brown (Steelers Mid 90's)
6) Ray Nitschke, Leroy Jaffey, Dave Robinson ( Packers Late '60's)
5) Mike Singletary, Wilbur Marshall, Otis Wilson (Bears Mid 80's)
4) Bobby Bell, Willie Lanier, Jim Lynch ( Chiefs Late 60's)
3) Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Carl Banks ( Giants Mid 80's)
2) Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, Andy Russell ( Steelers 70's)
1) Pat Swilling, Ricky Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson ( Saints Late 80's )

Check it out, it's airing all week!

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