The Denver Broncos are adding three players to their ring of fame. And all three are well over due.
Original Bronco Gene Mingo, punt returner Rick Upchurch and long-time coach Dan Reeves will be inducted at halftime of the Broncos’ Week 2 home game against the Kansas City Chiefs, September 14.
Mingo was the first African-American placekicker in pro football history. He also was a running back and also returning punts for the Brown and Mustard Broncos. In fact, he had the first punt return for a touchdown in AFL history. He is the fourth original Bronco to be inducted into the Ring of Fame, joining Goose Gonsoulin, Lionel Taylor and Frank Tripucka.
Upchurch spent his entire nine-year career in Denver. Upchurch was instant offense with the Broncos in the late 70’s. His eight career punt return scores were tied for the most in NFL history when he retired. The number still ranks first for the Broncos.
Reeves is the first coach to be inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame, as he should be. He coached the Broncos from 1981-92 and compiled a 110-73-1 record in his 12 seasons. During that span, he led the team to a five division titles and three Super Bowl appearances from 1986 to 1989.
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