Reeves, Mingo, Upchurch to Broncos Ring of Fame

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 6, 2014 at 8:05 pm •  Published: May 6, 2014
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — They long ago buried their feud. Now, John Elway and Dan Reeves will share a facade.

Elway's former coach was elected into the Denver Broncos' Ring of Fame on Tuesday along with former halfback/kicker Gene Mingo and returner/receiver Rick Upchurch.

They will be inducted at halftime of the Broncos' Sept. 14 game against Kansas City at Sports Authority Field.

Team owner Pat Bowlen created the Ring of Fame, which is displayed on the fifth level facade of the stadium, in 1984 to honor former players and staffers who played significant roles in the franchise's history.

There are 27 Ring of Famers including this year's inductees. Elway's name went up in 1999 just a few months after he retired following his second straight Super Bowl win — over Reeves' Atlanta Falcons.

Reeves coached the Broncos from 1981-92, compiling a 110-73-1 record while leading the team to a franchise-best five division titles and three Super Bowl appearances (1986-87, '89), all losses. He's the first coach inducted into the Ring of Fame and just the second non-player, joining former owner Gerald H. Phipps, who was elected in 1985.

"Dan won a tremendous amount of football games as head coach of Broncos. We had an opportunity to experience three Super Bowls in a four-year period and enjoyed a lot of success as a team. I have a great deal of appreciation for what Dan helped us achieve," Elway, now the team's executive vice president and general manager, said in a statement. "He's a great football coach and is very deserving of this honor. I'm happy for Dan and his family, and I'm looking forward to his induction into the Ring of Fame."

Reeves, whose intensifying clashes with his star QB led to his dismissal after a disappointing 1992 season, said that "when you look at it, John was a big part of my coaching career."

"We won over 100 games," he said. "I have a great deal of respect for him as a player, and what he's accomplished. Now he's got on the other side and he sees how that part of it works. I just have a great deal of respect for John and I'm thrilled to death that ... both of us will be in it together."

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