ENGLEWOOD, Colorado – It was only a matter of time.
Peyton Manning, a first-round Hall of Fame member and one of the greatest quarterbacks in team and NFL history, was elected to the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame.
Manning will be inducted into the team’s most exclusive fraternity this fall.
“It’s no surprise that Peyton Manning was unanimously elected 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame,” said Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis. “His four seasons in Denver were marked by record-breaking individual success and exceptional leadership that helped the Broncos win multiple Super Bowls and one of the most successful periods in team history.
“When Peyton arrived in 2012, his impact and level was felt throughout our team, throughout the organization and in the community. Coming back from a serious injury – with a new team in a new city – not just to win the MVP, but to have one of the greatest single seasons a player has ever had was a remarkable achievement.
“Peyton has defined greatness as a Bronco. We are delighted that he is now joining the other Broncos legends as the new Ring of Famer.”
Manning is only the second Bronco to be elected to the Ring of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same season, joining cornerback Champ Bailey in that elite squad. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway benefited from the lifting of the five-year waiting period, meaning he was already in the team’s Ring of Fame when he joined the Hall of Fame in the first round in 2004.
Manning, who is the only member of the Broncos class of 2021, will be the Ring of Fame’s fifth quarterback. He joins Elway, Frank Tripucka, Charley Johnson and Craig Morton as quarterback.
Already destined for the immortality of professional football upon arriving in Denver in 2012, Manning displayed a Hall of Fame career in just four seasons with the Broncos.
He was named 2012 Comeback Player of the Year, 2013 Most Valuable Player, twice in the All-Pro First Team and three times Pro Bowler. Manning set single-season passing records in 2013 that still stand, as he threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns as he led the Broncos to a Super Bowl XLVIII appearance.
In 2015, Manning capped his career with a second Super Bowl appearance with the Broncos which culminated in Denver’s third Lombardi Trophy. On the way to Super Bowl 50, Manning picked up head-to-head victories over Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton. Manning is one of two quarterbacks in NFL history to win the Super Bowl with two different teams.
“I am incredibly honored to be named to the Broncos Ring of Fame,” Manning said in a statement. “Having been in the field when other Ring of Fame members were inducted, you can tell how special it is, and how thrilled they are to join such a distinguished group. From Floyd Little to Karl Mecklenburg to Steve Atwater to many others, I’ve always looked at the names around the stadium and admired the great players the Broncos have had over the years, I’m very honored to join them now as Ring of Famer.
“When I came to Denver in 2012 it was exactly what 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 following an injury. with a new team. Once I got the confidence in myself we had a wild race and we never looked back. That’s all credit to the many great teammates and coaches that I have had during my stay with the Broncos Chemistry with DT [Demaryius Thomas], Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and all those attacking guys 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 a few other outstanding players.
“It ended up being a great decision to come here not just to play for the Broncos, but to be a part of this special community. Denver is a destination city. Our family is proud to call Denver our home and to live in. this community even after football I am very grateful and grateful for the time I spent with the Broncos. It is a huge honor to be named to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. “
During his four seasons in the orange and blue, Manning had 140 touchdowns and 17,112 yards. He ranks second in team history for passing yards, completed passes and touchdown passes, while his completion percentage is the best in franchise history.
Manning was also one of 10 players named to the NFL 100 team, which was created to celebrate the best players in league history.
Manning will be honored with an eight-foot pillar on the Ring of Fame Plaza at Empower Field in Mile High, and his name will also be unveiled on the facade that surrounds the interior of the stadium. The team will honor Manning in their Week 8 game against the Washington soccer team on October 31.