Steve Atwater

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Steve Atwater

11 Seasons
24 Interceptions
8 Pro Bowls
1990s All-Decade-Team
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(Arkansas)...6'3'', 218...Broncos’ first round pick (20th overall), 1989 … Noted for hard hitting ... Career-high five interceptions, 1991 … Recorded 24 career picks returned for 408 yards, 1 td … Totaled more than 1,000 career tackles … Eight pro bowls … All-Pro twice, All-AFC six times … Started four AFC championship games, three Super Bowls … named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s … Born October 28, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois.

BIO

Steve Atwater Denver Broncos & New York Jets

The Denver Broncos selected Steve Atwater out of Arkansas in the first round, 20th choice overall, of the 1989 NFL Draft. A hard-hitting and instinctive safety, Atwater played in 167 games during his 11-season career.

He made an immediate impact at free safety in his rookie season. Atwater recorded 129 total tackles (2nd most on the team) to help turn around a Denver defense that ranked 20th in points allowed the previous year to become the NFL’s stingiest unit in 1989 that allowed the fewest points in the league. The Broncos finished that season with the AFC’s best record at 11-5 and a berth in Super Bowl XXIV.

Atwater was voted to the first of eight Pro Bowls following the 1990 season and earned first-team All-Pro recognition for the first of two straight years (1991-92).

In 1997, he was an integral part of the Broncos’ championship season that was capped by the franchise’s first Super Bowl title. Atwater contributed 83 tackles (61 solo), one sack, two interceptions, eight passes defensed, and two fumble recoveries as Denver finished 12-4. His strong play continued throughout the postseason. He added 15 tackles (10 solo), one sack, a forced fumble, and five passes defensed in four playoff games.

Atwater played his final season with the Broncos in 1998 and he helped lead them to a second straight Super Bowl victory. That year he recorded one interception, seven passes defensed, and racked up 55 solo tackles 30 assisted tackles. He had four tackles, three assists and two passes defensed in Super Bowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons.

In all, Atwater, recorded 24 interceptions which he returned for 408 yards and a touchdown, added five sacks, and registered more than 1,000 tackles. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s.

STATS

Steve Atwater's Stats

 

 

 

Interceptions

 

 

G

No.

Yds

Avg

TD

1989

Denver

16

3

34

11.3

0

1990

Denver

15

2

32

16.0

0

1991

Denver

16

5

104

20.8

0

1992

Denver

15

2

22

11.0

0

1993

Denver

16

2

81

40.5

0

1994

Denver

14

1

24

24.0

0

1995

Denver

16

3

54

18.0

0

1996

Denver

16

3

11

3.7

0

1997

Denver

15

2

42

21.0

1

1998

Denver

16

1

4

4.0

0

1999

N.Y. Jets

12

0

0

0.0

0

Career Total

167

24

408

17.0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 



CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES

Steve Atwater's Championship Games

1989 AFCDenver Broncos 37, Cleveland Browns 21

Atwater started at free safety. He had two tackles and one assist.


1991 AFC – Buffalo Bills 10, Denver Broncos 7

Atwater started at free safety. He had four tackles, two assists and one pass defensed.


1997 AFC – Denver Broncos 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 21

Atwater started at free safety. He had two tackles, two assists and one pass defensed.


1998 AFC – Denver Broncos 23, New York Jets 10

Atwater started at free safety. He had three tackles, two assists, one pass defensed and one forced fumble.

Super Bowls


Super Bowl XXIV – San Francisco 49ers 55, Denver Broncos 10

Atwater started at free safety. He had four tackles and four assists.


Super Bowl XXXII – Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24

Atwater started at free safety. He had six tackles, one sack and one pass defensed.


Super Bowl XXXIII Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19

Atwater started at free safety. He had four tackles, three assists and two passes defensed.



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Steve Atwater's Career Highlights

All-League Teams

All-Pro: 1991 (AP, PFWA, NEA, PW)  •  1992 (AP, PFWA, SN, NEA)

All- Pro Second Team: 1990 (NEA)  •  1996 (AP)

All-AFC: 1990 (UPI, PW)  •  1991 (UPI, PW)  •  1992 (PW)  •  1993 (UPI)  •  1995 (UPI)  • 1996 (UPI, PW)


Pro Bowls

(8) – 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997*, 1999

* Did not play


Team Records

Broncos records held by Atwater
            (Records through the 1998 season, Atwater’s final season with Denver)

  • [3rd] Longest Non-Scoring Interception Return – 68 (vs. San Diego, Sept. 12, 1993)


League/Team Statistical Titles

Team Statistical Championships   
            Interceptions Titles: 1990, 1991, 1995

            Interceptions Return Yardage Titles: 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995

            Total Tackles Titles: 1993, 1995


Awards and Honors

  • 1989 All-Rookie Team (PW)
  • 1995 Denver Broncos Defensive MVP
  • 1990s All-Decade Team


Year-by-Year Team Records

1989       Denver Broncos.................... 11-5-0    (1st)

1990       Denver Broncos...................... 5-11-0    (5th)

1991       Denver Broncos.................... 12-4-0    (1st)

1992       Denver Broncos........................ 8-8-0    (3rd)

1993       Denver Broncos........................ 9-7-0    (3rd)

1994       Denver Broncos........................ 7-9-0    (4th)

1995       Denver Broncos........................ 8-8-0    (4th)

1996       Denver Broncos.................... 13-3-0    (1st)

1997       Denver Broncos.................... 12-4-0    (2nd)

1998       Denver Broncos.................... 14-2-0    (1st)

1999       N.Y. Jets.................................... 8-8-0    (4th)

(Division Finish in Parentheses)

Qualified for Postseason in Bold

CAREER CAPSULE

Steve Atwater's Career Capsule

Full Name: Stephen Dennis Atwater

Birthdate: October 28, 1966

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

High School: Lutheran North (St. Louis, MO)

Pro Career: 11 seasons, 167 games

Drafted: 1st round (20th overall) in 1989 by Denver 



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