The Mike Rice Podcast - Steve Atwater

Steve Atwater - Mike Rice

Former Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater at work as one of the hosts on "First and Ten at 10," weekdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT on Orange and Blue 760. (Photo: Mike Rice/KOA NewsRadio)

He is one of the best safeties to have ever played for the Denver Broncos.

But that doesn't even compare to the person Steve Atwater is.

A member of the Broncos from 1989-98 and now in the team's Ring of Fame, Atwater was known for his ferocious hits, the most famous of which was his thundering tackle of Kansas City Chiefs running back Christian Okoye in 1990.

He was an integral part of the Broncos teams that won Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII.

Currently, Steve is the Broncos Manager of Fan Development and as part of his duties hosts "First and Ten at 10" with Ryan Edwards and Andrew Mason weekdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT on Orange and Blue 760.

Atwater played college football at the University of Arkansas. He did not start his career as a safety but instead was an option quarterback. In our conversation, Steve tells the story of his transition to safety and also talks about his style of play, the hit on Okoye, the Broncos back-to-back title teams, the current Broncos squad, his radio show and much more.

Few players hit as hard as number 27. But as fierce as he was on the field, Atwater is as humble off of it, with a smile that comes as effortless as the hits he once doled out.

Truly, Steve Atwater will always be one of the best players to ever wear the orange and blue.



Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

High School: Lutheran North

College: University of Arkansas, 3-time All-America

Selected by the Denver Broncos 20th overall in the 1989 NFL Draft

Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII champion

8-time Pro Bowl selection

NFL 1990s All-Decade Team

Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

Host of "First and Ten at 10," weekdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. MDT on Orange and Blue 760

All-around great guy


NOTE: Highlights in podcast are property of the Denver Broncos and may not be rebroadcast.

Steve was and still is one of the NFL's all-time fiercest tacklers.


Steve's thundering hit on Chiefs running back Christian Okoye on September 17, 1990.


Steve lowers the boom against both the Green Bay Packers and his own teammate in Super Bowl XXXII.

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