Three Broncos To Be Inducted Into ‘Ring Of Fame’ Monday

DENVER (CBS4) – Three Denver Broncos greats will be inducted into the team’s Ring of Fame during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Houston Texans.

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, linebacker Simon Fletcher and kicker Jason Elam (credit: CBS)

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch, linebacker Simon Fletcher and kicker Jason Elam (credit: CBS)

Kicker Jason Elam (1993-2007), linebacker Simon Fletcher (1985-95), and safety John Lynch (2004-07) will all be honored.

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

JASON ELAM

Elam played his first 15 seasons with the Broncos, and is the team’s all-time leader in field goals (395) and points (1,786).

Behind former Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson, both numbers represent the second-highest totals in NFL history for any player with a single team.

Among Elam’s other accolades, a 63-yard field goal against Jacksonville (10/25/98), that tied the NFL record, an NFL record 16 consecutive seasons with 100-plus points, and a streak of 263 consecutive games with a point, which was the second-longest streak in league history at the time he retired.

Elam was a member of the back-to-back 1997 and 1998 Super Bowl teams.

Simon Fletcher of the Denver Broncos in December 1989 (credit: Mike Powell/Allsport)

Simon Fletcher of the Denver Broncos in December 1989 (credit: Mike Powell/Allsport)

SIMON FLETCHER

Fletcher spent his entire career playing for the Broncos, finishing as the franchise’s all-time sack leader with 97.5 quarterback takedowns.

He set a team record by appearing in 172 consecutive games, never missing one in his career, and is a member of the Broncos’ 50th Anniversary Team.

By the time Fletcher hung up the cleats, he was tied for 13th on the NFL’s all-time sacks list, had accounted for 851 career tackles, a pair of interceptions, and 21 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries.

Fletcher was a starter on three AFC Championship teams (1986, 1987, and 1989), totaling 42 tackles and 6 sacks in 12 postseason games.

John Lynch tackles Antonio Gates while playing against the San Diego Chargers in 2006. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

John Lynch tackles Antonio Gates while playing against the San Diego Chargers in 2006. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

JOHN LYNCH

Lynch played four seasons with the Broncos, being named to the Pro Bowl in each of them, a feat done by only five other Broncos players.

In total, between his time with the Broncos and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lynch was selected to 9 Pro Bowls, trailing only Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10) among safeties in league history.

John Lynch (credit: CBS)

John Lynch (credit: CBS)

In 2005, Lynch was a part of a Denver defense that allowed the fewest points per game (16.1) by the franchise in 14 years, which helped the team to a 13-3 record and the AFC West Division title.

Lynch will also be inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor later this year.

Represented by his family, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is inducted in the the Ring of Fame during halftime of the Broncos verses the Green Bay Packers. (credit: Evan Semón/CBS)

Represented by his family, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is inducted in the the Ring of Fame during halftime of the Broncos verses the Green Bay Packers. (credit: Evan Semón/CBS)

DENVER BRONCOS RING OF FAME

Name Pos. Yrs. w/Broncos Year Inducted
Jason Elam K 1993-2007 2016
Simon Fletcher LB 1985-95 2016
John Lynch S 2004-07 2016
Pat Bowlen Owner 1984-pres. 2015
Dan Reeves Coach 1981-92 2014
Rick Upchurch WR 1975-83 2014
Gene Mingo HB/K 1960-64 2014
Tom Nalen C 1994-2008 2013
Rod Smith WR 1994-2007 2012
Shannon Sharpe TE 1990-99, 2002-03 2009
Terrell Davis RB 1995-2002 2007
Steve Atwater S 1989-98 2005
Gary Zimmerman T 1993-97 2003
Karl Mecklenburg LB 1983-94 2001
Dennis Smith S 1981-94 2001
John Elway QB 1983-98 1999
Louis Wright CB 1975-86 1993
Tom Jackson LB 1973-86 1992
Randy Gradishar LB 1974-83 1989
Craig Morton QB 1977-82 1988
Haven Moses WR 1972-81 1988
Jim Turner K 1971-79 1988
Billy Thompson S 1969-81 1987
Charley Johnson QB 1972-75 1986
Paul Smith DT 1968-78 1986
Frank Tripucka QB 1960-63 1986
Gerald H. Phipps Owner 1961-81 1985
Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin S 1960-66 1984
Rich Jackson DE 1967-72 1984
Floyd Little RB 1967-75 1984
Lionel Taylor WR 1960-66 1984

 

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