In early February, Peyton Manning was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. While this honor is about the most prestigious in all of football, Manning will now be joining an even-more exclusive club.
News broke Wednesday that Manning will become just the 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame. The news comes from a statement made by the team where the Broncos president CEO Joe Ellis had high praise for the legendary quarterback.
“It comes as no surprise that Peyton Manning was unanimously elected as the 35th member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame,” Ellis said. “His four seasons in Denver were marked by record-setting individual success and exceptional leadership that helped the Broncos to multiple Super Bowls and one of the winningest periods in team history.”
Manning is notorious for his days with the Colts. Because of his early production, his four years in Denver are commonly undermined. In order to be amongst the likes of John Elway and Steve Atwater, you have to be legendary with the Broncos. Manning was exactly that.
Why Manning Deserves the Honor
He led the league in passing yards in 2013. Additionally, he set the single-season passing touchdown record in the same year. Manning turned the below-average Broncos into instant contenders. The team certainly contended as they obliterated the Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
Four straight playoff births, two of which all the way to the Super Bowl. Comeback player of the year in his first Broncos season. Manning earned NFL AP MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. He is a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team. And most recently, Manning is a part of the strong Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2021.
Manning practically had two Hall of Fame careers because of his strong rejuvenation in 2012. All of the mentioned accolades came after his prime with the Colts. His “second” career, if you will, is exactly why he is now a Broncos Ring of Fame inductee.
What Manning Receives
Coming with his induction is an eight-foot pillar in Ring of Fame Plaza. Additionally, Manning receives a nameplate on the facade that circles the interior of the stadium — a legendary honor for a legendary player!