Biography: Tom Nalen, C

Tom Nalen was elected into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2013. He played center for the Broncos for 14 seasons (1994-2007).

Anchoring an offensive line that was the standard among NFL units during that span. He saw action in the third-most regular-season games (194) in franchise history, and his 188 starts are second only to quarterback John Elway in Denver’s record books.

The 11 single-season 1,000-yard rushers and 93 single-game 100-yard rushers he blocked for as the team’s starting cen- ter (1995-2007) represented the most by an NFL club during that time and the Broncos’ 395 sacks allowed in that span were the third fewest in the league.

Originally drafted by Denver in the seventh round (218th overall) in 1994, Nalen went on to make five Pro Bowls (1997-2000, ‘03) – the most by an offensive lineman in Broncos history – in addition to being named an Associated Press All-Pro selection three times (First Team – 2000 ’03; Second Team – 1999) and the NFL’s Offensive Lineman of the Year following the 2003 season. He was a member of Denver’s back-to-back Super Bowl champion teams from 1997-98 and his 13 career postseason starts are tied for the third-highest total in team history.

In addition to being a part of seven playoff teams, three division champions and two Super Bowl winners, Nalen’s offenses finished ranked in the Top 5 in total yards on eight occasions. He blocked for 1997 MFL MVP Terrell Davis’ memorable 2,000-yard campaign in 1998 and helped pave the way for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year performances by running backs Mike Anderson (2000) and Clinton Portis (2002).

Nalen was a three-year starter at Boston College, where he earned numerous honors, including third-team AP All-America, second-team All-Big East Conference and first-team ECAC recognition.