ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It was simply a matter of time.
Peyton Manning, a first-vote Hall of Famer and one of the greatest quarterbacks in both team and NFL history, has been named to the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame.
Manning will be inducted into the team’s most exclusive fraternity this fall.
“It comes as no surprise that Peyton Manning was unanimously elected the 35th member of the Denver Broncos̵
“When Peyton arrived in 2012, his influence and standard 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 – to not only win the MVP, but to have one of the greatest single seasons ever of any player was a remarkable achievement.
“Peyton defined greatness as a Bronco. We are excited that he will now join the other Broncos legends as our latest Ring of Famer.”
Manning is just the second Bronco to be elected to the Ring of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame in the same season, joining cornerback Champ Bailey in the elite grouping. Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway dropped the five-year wait, which meant he was already on the team’s Ring of Fame when he became a first Hall of Famer in 2004.
Manning, who is the only member of the Broncos’ class in 2021, will be the fifth quarterback in the Ring of Fame. He joins Elway, Frank Tripucka, Charley Johnson and Craig Morton in the quarterback spot.
Manning, already destined for pro-football immortality when he arrived in Denver in 2012, posted a Hall of Fame-worthy career in just four seasons with the Broncos.
He was named 2012 Comeback Player of the Year, 2013’s Most Valuable Player, a two-time first-team All-Pro and a three-time Pro Bowler. Manning set passenger records for a 2013 season that still stands as he threw 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns as he led the Broncos to a Super Bowl XLVIII appearance.
In 2015, Manning ended his career with a second Super Bowl appearance with the Broncos, resulting in Denver’s third Lombardi Trophy. On the way to Super Bowl 50, Manning won head-to-head victories against Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady and Cam Newton. Manning is one of only 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. “After being on the field when other members of the Ring of Fame have been inducted, you can tell what a special brotherhood it is and how excited they are to join such a prominent group. From Floyd Little to Karl Mecklenburg to Steve Atwater to many others, I’ve always looked up the names around the stadium and admired the great players the Broncos have had over the years, I’ve been very humble about now joining 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 large community. There were many strangers who came out of an injury with a new team. When I regained my confidence, we went on a heckuva race and never looked back. That’s a credit to the many great teammates and coaches I had during my time with the Broncos. Chemistry with DT [Demaryius Thomas], Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and all the guys on the offense were special. When we won the Super Bowl in 2015, we had a full-time defense and a really fun group with Von [Miller], Aqib [Talib], DeMarcus [Ware] and some other excellent players.
“It ended up being a good decision to come here not just to play for the Broncos, but to be a part of this special community. Denver is a destination town. Our family is proud to call Denver our home and live in this community even after football .. .I’m very grateful and grateful for my time with the Broncos. It’s an enormous honor to be named to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. “
In his four seasons in orange and blue, Manning threw 140 touchdowns and 17,112 yards. He ranks second in team history in passing, finishes and touchdown passes, while his completion rate 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 in the Ring of Fame Plaza on Empower Field at Mile High, and his name will also be revealed on the facade that circles the interior of the stadium. The team honors Manning during his Week 8 game against the Washington Football Team on October 31st.