Denver Broncos Unveil Ring of Fame Plaza

There is a new feature honoring the 24 current members of the Ring of Fame. A plaza on the south side of Sports Authority Field now adorns Mile High as a monument to some of the greatest Denver Broncos of all time.

Via denverbroncos.com:

The plaza features 24 pillars made of steel honoring the Ring of Famers, and each pillar is adorned with a bronze likeness of each individual's face. The players' names and uniform numbers as well as a plaque detailing their accomplishments sits underneath each bronze face.

One by one, the pillars were unveiled Friday night.

"That's awesome," Craig Morton said as the curtain was dropped from his pillar.

Each bronze likeness of the players was sculpted by Brian Hanlon, a classically trained master sculptor who has sculpted more than 200 public art pieces. He also explained a unique feature of the base of each pillar.

"The pillars are constructed in corten steel, which was the material your original building (Mile High Stadium) was made out of, and that's why it was so loud," Hanlon said. "So the design was amazingly creative that the architect and the designer came up with the idea that they should be this material that intimidated so many other teams."

Seeing all the pillars in a row and having so many former Broncos back together stood out to Executive Vice President of Football Operations John Elway -- one of the Ring of Famers honored in the new plaza.

"It's a great night," Elway said. "Number one, we get to see old pals and guys that we played with and the guys that have been so important in Broncos history. Plus, I think with the unveiling of these heads and these statues, I think - to me I look at it as a tribute to Pat Bowlen and what he's done in the 30 years he's been here. For him to do this for the Ring of Famers, it's really an honor, so I give him all the credit."

The Ring of Fame was originally created by Bowlen in 1984 to honor former players and administrators who played significant roles in the franchise's history.

After Tom Nalen is inducted at halftime of this Sunday's game, 24 names will adorn the Level 5 facade at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The 24 members of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame are as follows:

Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

No.

Name

Position

Seasons

Inducted

23

Goose Gonsoulin

Safety

1960-66

1984

87

Rich Jackson

Defensive end

1967-72

1984

44

Floyd Little

Running back

1967-75

1984

87

Lionel Taylor

Wide receiver

1960-66

1984

-

Gerald Phipps

Owner

1961-81

1985

12

Charley Johnson

Quarterback

1972-75

1986

70

Paul Smith

Defensive end

1968-78

1986

18

Frank Tripucka

Quarterback

1960-63

1986

36

Billy Thompson

Safety

1969-81

1987

7

Craig Morton

Quarterback

1977-82

1988

25

Haven Moses

Wide receiver

1972-81

1988

15

Jim Turner

Placekicker

1971-79

1988

53

Randy Gradishar

Linebacker

1974-83

1989

57

Tom Jackson

Linebacker

1973-86

1992

20

Louis Wright

Safety

1975-86

1993

7

John Elway

Quarterback

1983-98

1999

77

Karl Mecklenburg

Linebacker

1983-95

2001

49

Dennis Smith

Safety

1981-94

2001

65

Gary Zimmerman

Offensive Tackle

1993-97

2003

27

Steve Atwater

Safety

1989-98

2005

30

Terrell Davis

Running back

1995-2001

2007

84

Shannon Sharpe

Tight end

1990-99,
2002-03

2009

80

66

Rod Smith

Tom Nalen

Wide receiver

Center

1994-2006

1994-2008

2012

2013

Folks may visit the monument any time free of charge.

A Mile High Salute to every great Bronco that has been elected!

A Mile High Salute to those such as Rick Upchurch, Simon Fletcher, and Dan Reeves that deserve the honor!

GO BRONCOS!!!

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