Broncos defensive back trio among finalists for NFL 100 All-Time Team

The NFL on Monday announced its lists of defensive back and special team finalists for the NFL 100 All-Time Team, featuring the 100 greatest players and 10 greatest coaches in league history.

Former Broncos defensive backs Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Willie Brown are among the finalists. Colorado A&M (now Colorado State) star Jack Christiansen, who spent his entire professional career with the Detroit Lions, also made the list.

Bailey, who played with the Broncos from 2004-13, was a three-time first team All-Pro and is a member of of the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past year.

Dawkins spent his final three NFL seasons (2009-11) with the Broncos. He was a four-time first-team All-Pro with the Eagles and also is a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team.

Brown spent his first four seasons (1963-66) with the Broncos in the AFL, before he was traded to the Raiders in 1967. He is a member of both the AFL All-Time Team and the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team.

The defensive backs and special teamers on the NFL 100 All-Time Team will be announced at 6 p.m. Friday on the NFL Network. Next week, the tight ends and offensive linemen will be determined.

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— Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post