In the fourteenth of Thin Air’s series on considerations for the Broncos Ring of Fame is Mark Schlereth (1995-2000).
Mark Schlereth was one of the additions Mike Shanahan made in his return to Denver, this time as a head coach. Schlereth was a part of the dominant Hogs offensive line of the Washington Redskins that culminated in a Pro Bowl for Schlereth, and a Super Bowl victory in 1991.
Schlereth quickly fit into the Broncos’ revolutionary zone blocking scheme under Alex Gibbs, starting all games in which he was able to do so. Schlereth stood right in between two Hall of Fame caliber players in Gary Zimmerman and Tom Nalen from 1995-1997 to form a formidable left side that opened up plays for Terrell Davis and John Elway. In 1998, he earned his second Pro Bowl bid.
After retiring in 2001, Schlereth has remained an ambassador for the NFL and the Broncos in the media, by going the Tom Jackson route in immediately securing a job with ESPN. He is still part of the network to this day–and for good reason, given that he can help put together gems like this.