Former Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was among the 26 semifinalists named Wednesday for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022.
Ware joined the Broncos in 2014 and had 21 1/2 sacks over three years (37 games/33 starts) and was a member of the franchise’s 2015 Super Bowl-winning team.
Ware had 10 sacks in ’14, 7 1/2 in ’15 and 4 in ’16. He made the final two of his nine Pro Bowl appearances in 2014-15.
Ware’s 138 1/2 career sacks are 13th in NFL history, according to Pro Football Reference, which tracks sacks back to 1960.
Along with Ware, semifinalists in their first year of eligibility are receiver Anquan Boldin, receiver/returner Devin Hester, receiver Andre Johnson, defensive end Robert Mathis, receiver Steve Smith and defensive lineman Vince Wilfork.
Boulder native Tony Boselli, who played offensive tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was named a semifinalist for the seventh time. Boselli is one of 17 players who were also semifinalists in 2021.
The semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists before the final vote in February.
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