Defense dominated the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, a day before two of the NFL's most high-powered offenses will face each other to decide Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Four defensive backs — Ed Reed, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, as well as seniors finalist Johnny Robinson — were among the eight selected for enshrinement by the Hall's Board of Selectors on Saturday at the Georgia World Congress Center.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez and center Kevin Mawae as well as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and longtime personnel executive Gil Brandt were also selected Saturday for enshrinement.
Members of Bowlen's family, on hearing of his selection, video chatted with Bowlen, who remained in Colorado. Bowlen suffers from Alzheimer's disease and stepped away from day-to-day operations in 2014.