Broncos news: Mike Shanahan to be inducted into Denver Ring of Fame
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Mike Shanahan to be inducted into Broncos Ring of Fame

Mike Shanahan, Broncos

It was a long time coming for the Denver Broncos to induct one of their best in the team’s Ring of Fame. Mike Shanahan called the shots for the Broncos from 1995 to 2008. With him in charge, the team won back-to-back Super Bowls and tallied 12 seasons with a record of .500 or better.

With the help of his primary quarterback John Elway, their tandem brought the Broncos to NFL relevance. In Denver, Shanahan went 138-86 in the regular season and 8-5 in the playoffs. He had only two losing seasons with the organization.

He started his journey as an assistant to Denver head coach Dan Reeves from 1984-87.  After serving as the Raiders’ head coach for two seasons, he returned to Denver as an assistant from 1989-91. He won a Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers as an offensive coordinator. The next season, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen decided to bring him back again as head coach.

He settled in Denver for 15 straight seasons. The Broncos collapsed and missed the playoffs for a third consecutive year which caused Shanahan’s dismissal. He took a year off and proceeded to coach the rebuilding Washington Redskins from 2010-2013.

He retired in 2013 with a head coaching career that spanned a total of 20 seasons. His knack for coaching was passed on to his son Kyle, who is now the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

The long-time coach will be the ninth Ring of Fame honoree in a span of 10 years. The induction ceremony will be held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.