ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) — Former quarterback Peyton Manning has been unanimously elected as the 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, the team announced on Wednesday.
Manning’s Ring of Fame induction ceremony will take place during the Broncos game against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Oct. 31, at Empower Field at Mile High.
Manning issued the following statement:
“I’m incredibly honored to be named to the Broncos Ring of Fame. Having been on the field when other members of the Ring of Fame have been inducted, you can tell what a special fraternity it is and how excited they are to join such a distinguished group. From Floyd Little to Karl Mecklenburg to Steve Atwater to many others, I’ve always looked up at the names around the stadium and admired the great players the Broncos have had over the years. I’m very humbled to now join them as a Ring of Famer.
“When I came to Denver back in 2012, it was exactly how I thought it would be—a franchise with a winning tradition and incredible fan support in a great community. There were a lot of unknowns coming off an injury with a new team. Once I got my confidence, we went on a heckuva run and never looked back. That’s a credit to the many great teammates and coaches I had during my time with the Broncos. The chemistry with D.T. (Demaryius Thomas), Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and all those guys on offense was special. Winning the Super Bowl in 2015, we had an all-time defense and a really fun group with Von (Miller), Aqib (Talib), DeMarcus (Ware) and some other outstanding players. It ended up being a great decision to come here not only to play for the Broncos but to be part of this special community. Denver is a destination city. Our family is proud to call Denver our home and live in this community even after football. I’m very appreciative and grateful for my time with the Broncos. It’s a tremendous honor to be named to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.”
“It comes as no surprise that Peyton Manning was unanimously elected as the 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame,” Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis stated. “His four seasons in Denver were marked by record-setting individual success and exceptional leadership that helped the Broncos to multiple Super Bowls and one of the winningest periods in team history.”
“Peyton defined greatness as a Bronco. We’re thrilled that he will now join the other Broncos legends as our newest Ring of Famer.”#Broncos Pres. & CEO Joe Ellis on Peyton Manning’s #BroncosROF election: pic.twitter.com/H7hruLUbm5
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 9, 2021
Manning joins former cornerback Champ Bailey as the only Broncos to be selected to the team’s Ring of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same season. Inducted into the Colts Ring of Honor in 2017, Manning joins a select few players who are in the Ring of Fame/Honor with two different NFL teams.
Manning is one of only eight players in NFL history to win all three of the league’s most prestigious community awards: the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award (2004), the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award (2005), and the Bart Starr Award (2015).
Manning also is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (2018), the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (2019) and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (2019).