The Broncos sent out a couple of quotes from cornerback Champ Bailey and safety Brian Dawkins regarding their inclusion on the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2000s.
“This is one of the greatest honors that you can have in this league other than team things,” Bailey said in the release. “As far as personal goals, this one never really crossed my mind. You always try to be the best you can be. I would like to thank my family, teammates and coaches for helping me achieve this tremendous award. I would not be where I am without them.”
“This is a tremendous honor for me to be recognized as one of the best out of all the safeties who have played in the NFL this decade,” Dawkins said in the release. “To know I’ve been able to do the things I’ve been able to do, with the help of my teammates, to earn a spot on the league’s all-decade team means a lot.”
The Broncos had two players on the 1970s team (cornerback Louis Wright and returner Rick Upchurch) and one on the 1980s team (Upchurch). Six were named on the 1990s team (quarterback John Elway, running back Terrell Davis, safety Steve Atwater, tackle Gary Zimmerman, tight end Shannon Sharpe and defensive end Neil Smith).