The wait for the Denver Broncos to return to Europe goes on after the four international series in London were confirmed Monday.
The Broncos last played at Wembley Stadium in 2010, but have been overlooked again as one of the road teams, despite being potential opponents for AFC West rivals Oakland and the Los Angeles Chargers.
Since the Broncos faced the San Francisco 49ers in London, 30 NFL teams will have played at least one game by the end of the 2019 international series.
The Green Bay Packers are the lone team still to play a regular season game overseas.
But for the club that heralded the need to take the NFL global through owner Pat Bowlen, the Broncos continue to be a forgotten team when it comes to the international series.
The snub comes in the year that the Pro Football Hall of Fame will finally enshrine Mr. Bowlen for his visionary work for the betterment of the entire NFL as much as his achievements with the Broncos.
Denver7’s Troy Renck is among the media members in Denver who think that the Broncos will take part in the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio in 2019.
The #NFL‘s five international games next season. #Broncos not among teams involved, but I could see them playing in Hall of Fame Game to celebrate anticipated election of Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey and possibly another player #Denver7 pic.twitter.com/Im4npiAPN7— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 21, 2019
The Broncos might well play the meaningless Hall of Fame game at the start of August, with cornerback Champ Bailey also expected to be enshrined, but to play internationally would be more fitting a tribute.
Instead, it will be at least 10 years between the Broncos’ visits to Europe.