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When we began working on the Mile High Report Hall of Fame, we had several goals in mind. At a very high level, and putting it very simply, some of these goals were:
- By the fans, for the fans
- Support a mix of old and new
- Recognize community service and sportsmanship as key components to Broncos Country
To that last end, we created the Sportsperson of the Year, a separate category from the rest of the Mile High Report Hall of Fame inductees, and with unique rules. This award is meant to recognize someone whose service to Broncos Country and the community exceeded those of others. Unlike the other categories, current players and those associated with the Broncos would be eligible. Unlike other categories, a person can be named Sportsperson of the Year more than once.
Today we begin the process of identifying our first Sportsperson of the Year.
Sportsperson of the Year
The MHR Sportsperson of the Year inductee is a special award given to exactly one former or active player, coach, or difference-maker to the Denver Broncos Football Club that year. The award is given to an active or former Broncos "Player" for outstanding sportsmanship, noteworthiness, football contributions, and community service within that year. The Sportsperson is selected from an initial group of four candidates and final group of two candidates.
The award represents a football figure who we, as fans, are most proud to say represented the orange and blue over the past calendar year. Previous winners of the award can be considered for the award again.
Important note: Former Broncos are eligible. Guys like Wesley Woodyard and Eric Decker did a lot for the Denver community while they were Broncos; just because they're no longer with the team as of the past three months doesn't mean they shouldn't be considered for this award. Nominations should consider activities occurring during the 2013 and 2014 offseasons.
How to nominate
In short, leave a comment!
You can nominate a Sportsperson of the Year by leaving a comment below. In the subject line, write, "I nominate [Sportsperson name]." In the body of your comment, leave your reasoning behind the nomination. You can also quickly leave your nomination in the subject line then work on the body of your nomination as a reply to your original comment.
You can also write your nomination material as a Fanpost, which is highly encouraged to get even more eyes behind your reasoning for a candidate and give him or her more visibility and support. An example Fanpost nominating Randy Gradishar can be found right here; the last step would be to write your comment in this thread then link to that FanPost in the nomination body.
Comment subject: I nominate JohnDoeBronco
Comment body (optional): JohnDoeBronco is Broncos Country. I rest my case; nothing more needs to be said.
How to support a nomination
Support a MHR Hall of Fame nomination by recommending (rec'ing) the comment. You can also reply to a nomination to add more content to a nominee's package. These will be compiled and included in the next phase, voting.
How nominees advance
The top four candidates with the most recs (minimum 4 recs) will advance to the next phase of the selection process, fan voting, to begin Thursday July 17th. Nominations close Monday, July 14th at noon.