The semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 were announced Tuesday, and three Broncos made the list.
Steve Atwater, Terrell Davis and Karl Mecklenburg are among the 26 modern-era candidates still in the running to head to Canton, Ohio.
For Atwater and Mecklenburg, it’s the first time the two have been named semifinalists.
Atwater was voted to a franchise record-tying seven consecutive Pro Bowls during his career, serving as a defensive leader on the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl championship teams.
Davis rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons, including his 2,008-yard season in 1998 when he earned league MVP honors. He also was part of the Super Bowl XXXII and XXXIII squads.
Mecklenburg spent 12 seasons with the Broncos, starting 141 career games, a total that includes all 16 games in a year during five different campaigns. He played in six Pro Bowls and helped the Broncos reach the postseason seven times, including three Super Bowl berths.
All three players are Broncos Ring of Famers.
The next step in the process sees the list shortened to 15 modern-era finalists with an announcement in January.
The final class will be named at the Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 4, in Indianapolis the day before Super Bowl XLVI.