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Mike Shanahan, who coached the Broncos to their first two Super Bowl titles, was elected to the team’s Ring of Fame on Tuesday.
Shanahan, who last coached in 2013 for Washington and lives in the Denver suburbs, had three stints with the Broncos – an assistant from 1984-87 and 1989-91 and coach from 1995-2008. Shanahan ranks first in Broncos history in regular season (138) and postseason (eight) wins.
In a statement, Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis called Shanahan the “greatest coach in Denver Broncos history.”
Shanahan said in a statement it was a “tremendous honor to be elected to the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.”
“When you reflect on the things we were able to accomplish as a team, it starts with the players, coaches and staff who helped us get there,” Shanahan said. “I am grateful for all of those relationships and how we all worked together for one goal: To win a championship.
“To spend 21 years with a first-class organization that is all about winning was special. It was a great run. I am thankful for Pat Bowlen — the best owner in sports — for giving me the opportunity. It was a privilege to coach for the Broncos with such incredible support from the Denver community and all the fans.”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, which is expected to limit crowd sizes or eliminate any fans from attending games this year, Shanahan’s induction will be held in 2021. Ring of Fame Weekend is traditionally when the Broncos’ new Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees accept their rings. Safety Steve Atwater was elected in February and quarterback Peyton Manning is eligible for election after this season.
“Although postponing his induction was a difficult decision, (Shanahan) deserves a full celebration in front of all our fans and distinguished alumni,” Ellis said.
Shanahan joins Red Miller (who coached the Broncos’ first Super Bowl participant) and Dan Reeves (who led the Broncos to three Super Bowls) as coaches in the Ring of Honor. Members are chosen by a select committee.
“(Shanahan) brought an unmatched standard and intensity as head coach, leading this franchise to its first two Super Bowl wins and building the Broncos into perennial contenders,” Ellis said. “Few coaches have had more of an impact with one organization — as both a head coach and assistant — than Mike Shanahan over the course of his two decades with the Broncos.”
Shanahan coached at five colleges — Oklahoma, Northern Arizona, Eastern Illinois, Minnesota and Florida — from 1975-83 before he was hired by Reeves as the Broncos’ receivers coach in January 1984.
Jim Saccomano, who joined the Broncos in 1978, was the team’s media relations chief when Shanahan joined the NFL.
“Each of us was just a guy doing our job, but as a (public relations) person, I was always aware of who the assistants were and I would say, ‘This guy has ‘it’,’ or ‘This guy is going to be a head coach,’” Saccomano said Tuesday. “Almost immediately, Mike was an ‘it’ guy. You could just tell he wasn’t like anybody else. Everything he did, he rose above.”
Shanahan was hired by Al Davis to coach the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988. He lasted 20 games (8-12) and was fired after a 1-3 start in 1989. Less than two weeks later, Shanahan returned to the Broncos’ staff as quarterbacks coach.
Reeves fired Shanahan as offensive coordinator in January 1992 despite the Broncos finishing 12-4 and reaching the AFC title game (loss at Buffalo). Reeves called the relationship “unworkable.”
Shanahan was hired by San Francisco to replace offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren, who left to become the coach in Green Bay. Shanahan rejoined the Broncos as head coach after San Francisco’s Super Bowl win over San Diego. The 49ers led the league in scoring in all three of Shanahan’s seasons.
After going 8-8 in 1995, Shanahan’s Broncos started to roll, winning 13, 12 and 14 games over the next three years as running back Terrell Davis rose from obscurity to win NFL MVP honors and quarterback John Elway retired after the second Super Bowl title.
“He had his abilities, but he had a finishing school (experience) in San Francisco and I remember he was very structured, organized and disciplined (with the Broncos),” Saccomano said. “He had a plan, was very confident in that plan and carried it out.”
The post-Elway years were mostly lean — the Broncos didn’t make the playoffs in three of the first four years after his retirement. From 1999-2008, the Broncos won only one playoff game, over New England after the 2005 season.
Fired by Bowlen after the 2008 season, Shanahan took a year off and joined the Redskins, going 24-40 in four years (one division title).
One of 13 coaches with at least two Super Bowl wins, Shanahan will be the 34th member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame, which was created by Bowlen in 1984.
Mike Shanahan has been selected to join the Broncos’ Ring of Fame.
An on-field ceremony recognizing Shanahan will be held during the 2021 season.
As the Broncos’ coach from 1995-2008, Shanahan went 138-86 in the regular season and 8-5 in the playoffs. He had only two losing seasons.
Shanahan, who coached the Broncos to their first two Super Bowl titles (1997-98), joins former coaches Red Miller and Dan Reeves in the Ring of Fame.
The Broncos will have a Ring of Fame honoree for the ninth time in 10 years.
Shanahan, 67, was a Broncos assistant under Reeves from 1984-87 and returned to Denver after serving as the Raiders’ head coach. He was a Broncos assistant from 1989-91.
Shanahan won a Super Bowl as the San Francisco 49ers’ offensive coordinator before Broncos owner Pat Bowlen brought him back as head coach.
Fired by the Broncos after the 2008 season (third consecutive year out of the playoffs), Shanahan took a year off and then coached four years for the Washington Redskins (24-40 record).
BALTIMORE — Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced he will hold his annual “Funday with LJ” event in Florida amid the state’s spike in coronavirus cases.
Jackson’s third annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday in his hometown of Pompano Beach, Florida, according to a flyer shared on his Instagram page Monday. Social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people are currently not allowed in Pompano Beach, according to the city’s website.
The flyer, which says “come have some fun in the sun,” advertises flag football, and water slides among other activities. It also says adults must wear face masks, and a waiver must be signed for children to participate.
The announcement for the event comes more than a week after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a news conference that interactions among young people are driving the surge in confirmed cases.
In Broward County, where the event is scheduled to be held, there are more than 21,000 positive coronavirus cases and about 400 people have died from the virus, according to Florida’s Health department.
There are more than 200,000 coronavirus cases in the state, and about 3,800 Florida residents have died from the novel coronavirus, according to Florida’s Health department.