Good morning, Broncos Country!
Five years since his retirement, it’s still surreal that Peyton Manning played in Denver.
It’s hard to wrap my mind around the fact we got to watch PFM play for the Denver Broncos. And that he’s now going into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame as one of the franchise’s best. And, yes, Manning deserves to get into the Ring of Fame. What he accomplished in his four years in Denver is a career for most quarterbacks.
- Two Super Bowl appearances
- One Super Bowl win
- Four-straight AFC West titles
- One MVP
- 19,062 yards
- 151 TDs
- 50-15 record
If that isn’t deserving of the Ring of Fame, get rid of the Ring of Fame.
It was a magical and unforgettable four years. And the fact Manning still lives in the Mile High City? Still makes regular appearances at the Broncos’ facility? It just adds to the surreally of this all.
I’m regularly asked what I’ll remember about Manning’s time in Denver and it’s one word: hope. The hope he brought back to an organization that was in desperate need of it but also the people who met him. Yes, his success on the field and eye-popping stats speak for themselves, but what he still does to help people stands alone. In some instances, he allowed people who may have had no earthly reason to feel hope, to actually feel it. That’s the mark of a Hall of Fame player and even better person.
To think that Broncos Country was able to watch two of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL and to do it in a Broncos uniform is both special and unique. The fact both of them were able to end their careers holding the Lombardi Trophy is the chef’s kiss.
Mile High Salute to PFM on being inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame. Thank you for four years of unforgettable memories both on and off the field.
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