New Hall of Famer Randy Gradishar has requested former teammate Tom Jackson to present him for induction at this summer season’s enshrinement ceremony in Canton.
Gradishar and Jackson have been each linebackers who performed their whole careers with the Broncos, Gradishar from 1974 to 1983 and Jackson from 1973 to 1986.
“Tommy’s a great guy. We’re great friends. I asked him . . . a few weeks ago if he would do that presentation for me back in Canton,” Gradishar advised the Broncos’ web site.
Jackson is a member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame. He’s not within the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a participant, however he did obtain the Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award, thought of essentially the most prestigious recognition for a professional soccer broadcaster. Jackson labored side-by-side with Chris Berman on NFL Primetime from 1987 to 2016.
Gradishar stated he hopes that by getting inducted himself, and together with Jackson in his enshrinement ceremony, he’ll draw extra consideration to the nice Broncos defenses that the 2 of them performed on collectively.
“Knowing that now I’m in, I’m just hoping and praying that the ‘Orange Crush’ defense — or that team, certainly — will be considered more recognizable and having the opportunity to go in, similar to that ‘Steel Curtain’ guys [in Pittsburgh],” Gradishar stated. “[I’m] simply very, very excited and once more, it’s an actual blessing for me to be the primary man acknowledged and [selected] for this. I’m simply hoping and praying that this leads into another guys entering into the Hall of Fame.”
To Broncos followers, that recognition is lengthy overdue.