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  • Gov. Hickenlooper renames Colorado's 14ers to honor the Denver Broncos

    DENVER — Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced a proclamation that temporarily renames Colorado’s tallest majestic mountain peaks -- also known as 14ers -- after individual active players on the Denver Broncos football team. The mountains will go by their new names for one day only -- on Super Bowl Sunday.

    The full text of the proclamation:

    WHEREAS, the State of Colorado is confident that the Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII; and

    WHEREAS, the Denver Broncos gave Coloradans a lot to be proud of this season, including becoming the first team in NFL history to score more than 600 points in a single season and winning the AFC Championship; and

    WHEREAS, Seattle makes some, well, OK beer; and

    WHEREAS, the Seahawks have a 12th man, whatever, while the Denver Broncos have the greatest fans -- men, women and children -- in pro sports; and

    WHEREAS, we are proud of the majestic mountains in Colorado, which is home to 53 14ers – the same number of players on the Denver Broncos’ active roster; and

    WHEREAS, Peyton Manning bears a symbolic resemblance to Mount Elbert, the tallest 14er in Colorado, because he stands tall as an extraordinary leader of the Broncos; and

    WHEREAS, Matt Prater kicks the football long – an NFL record 64 yards long – and could be compared to Longs Peak; and

    WHEREAS, the Broncos offensive line stands together, like our Collegiate Peaks, rooted into the earth and preventing anyone from getting to Peyton Manning; and

    WHEREAS, there are many other connections between other 14ers and players as referenced below;

    Therefore, I, John W. Hickenlooper, Governor of the State of Colorado, do hereby hurry up and proclaim Sunday, February 2, 2014,


    Here is the full list of mountains (ranked by size) and the active players the peaks are being renamed for:

    Mt. Elbert

    Peyton Manning.

    Mt. Massive

    Terrance Knighton - AKA POT ROAST.

    Mt. Harvard

    Zane Beadles - He, along with others on the offensive line, are as formidable as the line of Collegiate Peaks.

    Blanca Peak

    Mitch Unrein - He blocks and tackles.

    La Plata Peak

    Jacob Tamme - Just as this is an impressive peak among the Collegiate Peaks, this tight end is an impressive addition to the offense.

    Uncompahgre Peak

    Steven Johnson - His defense is straight forward and uncomplicated.

    Crestone Peak

    Steve Vallos - Like this peak, which is surrounded by other looming 14ers, this center is the rock of impressive offensive lines.

    Mt. Lincoln

    Winston Justice - His name itself, and his humanitarian work in Uganda and Haiti, reflect the name of this majestic peak.

    Grays Peak

    Eric Decker - Grays and Torreys are right next to each other, like the dynamic duo of Decker and Thomas.

    Mt. Antero

    Malik Jackson - This defensive end watches everyone's back.

    Torreys Peak

    Demaryius Thomas

    Castle Peak

    Duke Ihenacho - Because only a duke could vanquish a castle-like offense.

    Quandary Peak

    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - His coverage proves to be a quandary for opposing quarterbacks.

    Mt. Evans

    Nate Irving - This linebacker forms an imposing backdrop to opponents just like this peak does to Denver.

    Longs Peak

    Matt Prater - He kicks ‘em long (set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal vs. Tennessee).

    Mt. Wilson

    Shaun Phillips - Leads the Broncos in sacks this year and will be taking down Russell Wilson.

    Mt. Shavano

    Marquice Cole

    Mt. Belford

    Andre Caldwell - Like this peak’s inclusion with other Collegiate Peaks, he joins an imposing offense.

    Crestone Needle

    Brock Osweiler - At 6 feet, 8 inches', he makes all opponents appear as thin as this 14er.

    Mt. Princeton

    Manny Ramirez.

    Mt. Yale

    Louis Vasquez.

    Mt. Bross

    Jeremy Mincey.

    Kit Carson Peak

    Aaron Brewer - His long snaps find their path just as Kit Carson found paths through the frontier.

    Maroon Peak

    Mike Adams - He maroons opponents due to his tackling prowess (posted a game-high nine tackles and intercepted a pass that led to a Broncos touchdown in Houston).

    Tabeguache Peak

    Chris Kuper.

    Mt. Oxford

    Chris Clark.

    Mt. Sneffels

    Zac Dysert - In the shadow of Manning, the QB may be sniffling for not playing, but is tops nonetheless.

    Mt. Democrat

    Tony Carter - Working on a second degree in political science.

    Capitol Peak

    Champ Bailey - Rated the most difficult peak on

    Pikes Peak

    Joel Dressen - A Colorado Mountain for a Colorado State University Ram and only player on the roster to graduate from a Colorado university.

    Snowmass Mountain

    Wesley Woodyard.

    Mt. Eolus

    Sione Fua - An eloquent name, like this peak.

    Windom Peak

    Ronnie Hillman - This runninng back runs like the wind.

    Challenger Point

    Montee Ball - He was a challenger for the Heisman Trophy in 2011.

    Mt. Columbia

    Orlando Franklin.

    Missouri Mountain

    Sylvester Williams - He was born in Missouri.

    Humboldt Peak

    Knowshon Moreno - He "bolts" off the line (Ranked fifth in the NFL in scrimmage yards at 1,586) and tied for fifth with 13 scrimmage touchdowns in 2013. Became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a single season in 2013.

    Mt. Bierstadt

    Robert Ayers - Just like the way that Ayers makes tackling look easy, this peak is one of the easiest peaks to summit.

    Sunlight Peak

    Omar Bolden - He is known for his power of positive thinking and is not blinded by any sunshine in his tackling prowess.

    Handies Peak

    Quentin Jammer - This defensive player is known for giving a hand to his teammates and those in need through his Jammer Family Foundation helping foster teens.

    Culebra Peak

    Michael Huff.

    Ellingwood Point

    Britton Colquitt - He would be able to land a punt on this point.

    Mt. Lindsey

    Paris Lenon.

    Little Bear Peak

    Trindon Holliday - He’s 5 foot, 5 inches, but is as tough as they come.

    Mt. Sherman

    Wes Welker - Let’s see Richard Sherman cover Wes. Right, good luck with that.

    Redcloud Peak

    Virgil Green.

    Pyramid Peak

    Danny Trevathan - Like the Pyramids of Giza, Danny Trevathan's defense is a wonder of the world. He posted a team high 129 tackles, beating his next closest teammate by 44 and is 11th best in the league.

    Wilson Peak

    Brandon Marshall.

    Wetterhorn Peak

    Vinston Painter.

    San Luis Peak

    Kayvon Webster.

    Mt. of the Holy Cross

    David Bruton - His alma mater is Notre Dame.

    Huron Peak

    C.J. Anderson - Another impressive peak included in the Collegiate Peaks, he is a fine addition to the offense.

    Sunshine Peak

    Julius Thomas - because he always makes himself available to find the sunshine through the defenders and make the catch.


  • #2
    Funniest thing I've read by a mile. Mile-high, that is.


    • #3
      That's pretty awesome. What an honor to have a mountain named after you if even for a day. It's good to be a Bronco.


      • #4
        I printed this off to keep, then read it again. It's a keeper!

        How great that the team is getting his recognition, and especially that every player is being recognized.

        Now, go play like the mountains you are, Broncos!


        • #5
          I've climbed all but two of the 14ers. I still need to climb Trindon Holliday and Kayvon Webster.


          • #6
            That is awesome.
            "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus


            • #7
              Very, very cool!


              • #8
                Greys and Torres peaks are the combination of DT and Decker. Too cool!