ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– The Denver Broncos long-time athletic trainer Steve Antonopulos is retiring after 45 years with the team. The Broncos announced the news Monday morning.

Steve “Greek” Antonopulos (credit: Denver Broncos/Twitter)

“Greek” as he is known, is the 3rd longest-tenured employee in Broncos history.

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“Steve has been an institution with the Broncos for the last 45 years and became one of the most respected athletic training professionals in all of sports,” said team President and CEO Joe Ellis. “As the only person in the history of the Broncos to be part of all eight Super Bowls, “Greek” made a profound impact on this organization.”

Antonopulos worked 941 games during his 45 years with the Broncos. During that time, he worked for 13 different head coaches.

He was a well-respected trainer in NFL circles having been honored with several awards. Maybe his best honor was being asked by Pat Bowlen’s family to be their father’s presenter at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony in 2019. Antonopolus was the only full-time employee who worked at the Broncos facility during Bowlen’s 35-year tenure as owner.

The Broncos will rename the athletic training room at the team’s facility in Antonopolus’ name and plan to honor him at a game this season.

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“Greek” is a Colorado native who graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and is in the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Eric Christensen