Bowlen creates the Ring of Fame

Pat Bowlen
Pat Bowlen took over as owner of the club on March 23, 1984 and wasted no time in honoring the team’s history by creating the Ring of Fame just more than three months later. (Denver Broncos Football Club photo)

On the eve of veteran reporting day to training camp, Broncos President/CEO Pat Bowlen announces the creation of the Ring of Fame to honor Broncos greats who “had a significant impact” on team history.

Bowlen said that the first inductees would be announced later that week. At the time, the Broncos planned to take down the names off the Mile High Stadium facade each offseason while the USFL Denver Gold played, but the Gold lasted only one more season, so the names would be displayed permanently. Bowlen sets the minimum standards for induction as four years with the Broncos and five years into retirement. Bob Martin, Dick Connor and Charlie Goldberg comprise the initial selection committee.