ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – After nearly four decades in the NFL as a player and coach, Super Bowl-winning former Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak has retired.
Kubiak served as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator / assistant head coach in 2020 after being assistant head coach and offensive advisor in 2019.
The only person to play and coach for the Broncos and work in the team’s front office, Kubiak served as Denver’s head coach in 2015-16, leading the team to a Super Bowl 50 title.
“It has been the honor of my life to work for 36 seasons as an NFL player and coach,”
“I thank my owners and fans of the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers for giving me opportunities to be a part of this amazing game and to have treated me and my family so well over the years.
“I will miss the competition, the planning, the playing days and being part of a team. But more than anything else, I will cherish the friendships I have made along the way with players, coaches and staff. I love the game of football and will forever be the biggest fan. “
In the Broncos’ 2015 championship season, Kubiak helped Denver to a 12-4 record and number 1 seed on the back of nine wins by seven points or less (a total that grew to 11 in the mail season). Denver also recorded three comeback wins of at least 14 points against playoff teams, which was the most in a single season by an organization in NFL history.
Probably the first vote Hall of Famer Peyton Manning missed seven starts as he battled a mid-season foot injury, but Kubiak helped Brock Osweiler and the Broncos win five of those seven games.
Kubiak posted a 24-11 record – including record season – in his two seasons leading the franchise, and no coach in franchise history earned more wins in his first two seasons. He just became the fourth coach in NFL history to lead a team to a Super Bowl victory in his first season with the team.
“The Denver Broncos congratulate Gary Kubiak on an incredible 36-year career in the NFL,” said President / CEO Joe Ellis. Few people have influenced a team in more ways than Gary during his 24 seasons with the Broncos. As part of six Super Bowl appearances – including three wins – with the Broncos as player, assistant coach, head coach and personnel management, Gary will always have a special place in our championship history.He is an excellent coach who did a masterful job leading us to a victory in the Super Bowl 50, deftly navigating that season with tremendous instincts and feeling every step of the way.On behalf of the Broncos, “We wish Gary all the best in her retirement. We also acknowledge and thank his wife, Rhonda, for her unwavering support for our organization through Gary’s time with the Broncos.”
Kubiak resigned as the team’s coach in January 2017 after a health scare in the 2016 season – later diagnosed as a complex migraine condition – that required him to miss a game against the Chargers.