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Mike Shanahan selected to Denver Broncos Ring of Fame

The Denver Broncos will induct former head coach Mike Shanahan into their Ring of Fame, the team announced Tuesday.

Shanahan will become the 34th memeber of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, joining fellow coaches Dan Reeves (2014) and Red Miller (2017). The ceremony is set to take place some time during the 2021 season.

Courtesy of Broncos PR:

The Broncos’ all-time leader in regular-season wins (138) and postseason victories (8), Shanahan was Denver’s head coach from 1995-2008 after previously serving as an assistant coach with the team in two separate stints (1984-87, ’89-91). He led the Broncos to back-to-back Super Bowl wins (XXXII & XXXIII), three conference championship games, seven postseason appearances and nine winning seasons during his 14 seasons as head coach.

At the time of his departure from Denver following the 2008 season, Shanahan’s 146 total wins with the Broncos marked the 10th most by a head coach with one team in NFL history. That total now ranks 12th all-time, with Shanahan, Bill Belichick (N.E.) and Jeff Fisher (Hou./Ten.) the only representatives on that list not enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Broncos had the fourth-best regular-season record (138-86-0 / .616) and top home-record (83-29-0 / .741) in pro football with Shanahan manning their sidelines. Denver led the league during that span in total offense (361.9 ypg) and rushing offense (138.4 ypg) while scoring the third-most points (5,449 / 24.3 ppg) in the NFL.

Shanahan, who was one of six head coaches to win back-to-back Super Bowls, coached six players who were selected to the 1990s NFL All-Decade Team, including five Pro Football Hall of Famers from that group: safety Steve Atwater, running Terrell Davis, quarterback John Elway, tight end Shannon Sharpe and tackle Gary Zimmerman.

Following back-to-back World Championships, Shanahan, who held additional responsibilities as Executive Vice President of Football Operations, rebuilt the Broncos into contenders with five consecutive winning seasons (2002-06) and three straight playoff appearances (2003-05). Denver went 13-3 in 2005 and hosted its second AFC Championship Game with Shanahan as head coach.

One of two individuals to coach at least 20 years for the Broncos, Shanahan also served as the team’s wide receivers coach (1984), offensive coordinator (1985-87, ‘91) and quarterbacks coach (1989-90). He was a part of 221 total wins (the most for one coach in team history) with Denver as the club also advanced to three Super Bowls (XXI, XXII & XXIV) with Shanahan on staff as an assistant.

Including his tenure leading the Los Angeles Raiders from 1988-89 and the Washington Redskins from 2010-13, Shanahan finished his 20-year head coaching career with a record of 170-138 (.552). His 178 total victories (170 reg season + 8 postseason) are tied for 14th in pro football history, and he owns the distinction of being one of just seven modern-era head coaches to win at least 175 games and capture multiple Super Bowl titles (the four eligible coaches with that distinction are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame).

Congrats, coach Shanahan!

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1 comment

Ryan Garcia July 9, 2020 at 5:28 pm

Mike Shanahan is a Denver Broncos legend and a legend in the NFL. I remember these Denver Bronco Super Bowl teams so well and they wouldn’t have been there without Mike Shanahan. This will be a huge day for everyone in Denver, Colorado and every Denver Broncos fan.

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