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October 19, 2016

DENVER BRONCOS SET TO INDUCT THREE INTO RING OF FAME ON MONDAY

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Three Denver Broncos greats—kicker Jason Elam (1993-2007), linebacker Simon Fletcher (1985-95) and safety John Lynch (2004-07)—will be officially inducted into the Denver Broncos’ Ring of Fame in a halftime ceremony during their game against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football.

DENVER BRONCOS RING OF FAME CAPSULES
 
Elam, who played the first 15 seasons (1993-2007) of his 17-year NFL career with the Broncos, is the franchise’s all-time leader in field goals (395) and points (1,786)—both representing the second-highest totals in NFL history for a single team (K Jason Hanson, Det.).
       
A three-time Pro Bowl selection (1995, ’98, ’01) and 2001 NFL Special Teams Player of the Year, Elam played in a team-record 250 combined games (236 reg. season / 14 postseason) for the Broncos. He was part of 152 combined wins—the second-highest total in team history behind quarterback John Elway (163)—including the Broncos’ back-to-back Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998.
       
In addition to kicking 24 game-winning or game-saving field goals as a Bronco, Elam finished his career with the team ranked eighth in NFL history in regular-season field goal percentage (80.6 / 395-of-490) and playoff field goal percentage (83.3 / 15-of-18). He also finished his Broncos career ranked second in league history in 50-yard field goals (37), including a 63-yard kick against Jacksonville on Oct. 25, 1998, that tied the NFL record.
       
Including his two final NFL seasons with Atlanta (2008-09), Elam finished his career making 436-of-540 (80.7%) field goals and 675-of-679 (99.4%) PATs for 1,983 points. He set an NFL mark with 16 consecutive seasons scoring 100-plus points, and his 263 consecutive games (every contest of his career) with a point was the second-longest streak in league history at the time of his retirement.
       
Elam was selected by the Broncos in the third round (70th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from the University of Hawaii, where he converted 79 career field goals to finish one shy of the then-NCAA record.
       
A graduate of Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga., Elam was born on March 8, 1970.
 
MOST POINTS SCORED WITH ONE TEAM   MOST FIELD GOALS MADE WITH ONE TEAM
  Player Team Pts.     Player Team FG
1. Jason Hanson Detroit 2,150   1. Jason Hanson Detroit 495
2. Jason Elam Denver 1,786   2. Jason Elam Denver 395
3. Sebastian Janikowski Oakland 1,713   3. Sebastian Janikowski Oakland 393
4. John Kasay Carolina 1,482   4. Gary Anderson Pittsburgh 356
5. Pat Leahy N.Y. Jets 1,470   5. Matt Stover Baltimore 354
 Fletcher spent his entire 11-year NFL career (1985-95) with the Broncos and finished as the franchise’s all-time sack leader with 97.5 quarterback takedowns. A member of the Broncos’ 50th Anniversary Team, Fletcher never missed a game in his career, setting a team mark by appearing in 172 consecutive contests.
       
At the conclusion of his career, Fletcher was tied for 13th on the NFL’s all-time sack list. Including his six quarterback takedowns in the postseason, he totaled 103.5 for the Broncos to become just the 11th player in NFL history to reach 100 combined sacks for a single team.
       
In addition to leading the Broncos in sacks for seven consecutive seasons (1988-94), Fletcher still owns three of the Top 7 single-season sack totals in team history.
       
Fletcher joined Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White as the only players to record double-digit sack totals in five consecutive years from 1989-93. His 66 sacks during that span trailed only White (67) among his NFL counterparts.

Fletcher set an NFL record by posting a sack in 10 consecutive games from 1992-93—a mark that he currently shares with Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware (2007-08 w/Dallas).
       
Along with his sack totals, Fletcher accounted for 851 career tackles (530 solo), two interceptions, 21 forced fumbles and 10 fumble recoveries. A starter on three AFC Championship teams (1986-87, ’89), he totaled 42 tackles (36 solo) and six sacks (23 yds.) in 12 career postseason games.
       
Fletcher was selected by the Broncos in the second round (54th overall) of the 1985 NFL Draft from the University of Houston. He started 33-of-37 games played for the Cougars, accounting for 14 career sacks and 30 tackles for a loss.
       
A graduate of Bay City (Texas) High School, Fletcher was born on Feb. 18, 1962.
 
MOST CAREER SACKS, BRONCOS HISTORY   MOST SACKS, SINGLE SEASON, BRONCOS HISTORY
  Player Team Pts.     Player Team FG
1. Simon Fletcher 1985-95 97.5   1. Von Miller 2012 18.5
2. Karl Mecklenburg 1983-94 79.0   2. Elvis Dumervil 2009 17.0
3. Barney Chavous 1973-85 75.0   3. Simon Fletcher 1992 16.0
4. Rulon Jones 1980-88 73.5   4. Von Miller 2014 14.0
5. Lyle Alzado 1971-78 64.5   5. Simon Fletcher 1993 13.5
            Simon Fletcher 1991 13.5
            Rulon Jones 1986 13.5
Lynch played four seasons (2004-07) with the Broncos and was named to the Pro Bowl in each season he played for the franchise.
       
He joins safety Steve Atwater (7), tight end Shannon Sharpe (7), cornerback Champ Bailey (4), center Tom Nalen (4) and defensive lineman Trevor Pryce (4) as the only players in team history to make four consecutive Pro Bowls (he shares with Bailey the distinction of being the only two players in Broncos history to make the Pro Bowl in each of their first four years with the club).
       
A finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in each of the last three years, Lynch was selected to nine total Pro Bowls (4 with Denver; 5 with Tampa Bay), trailing only Hall of Famer Ken Houston (10) among safeties in league history.
       
Lynch helped Denver’s defense rank No. 8 overall in total defense from 2004-07 while producing 304 tackles (215 solo), seven sacks, three interceptions, 26 passes defensed, nine forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He joined Brian Dawkins as the only NFL safeties during that span to post seven sacks and nine forced fumbles.
       
After setting a career high with 10 passes defensed in his first year with the Broncos in 2004, Lynch established personal bests with four sacks and four forced fumbles in 2005 to become the first safety since Rod Woodson in 1992 to reach those totals in a single season.
       
Denver’s defense in 2005 allowed the fewest points per game (16.1) by the franchise in 14 years, helping the team to a 13-3 record and an AFC West Division title. The Broncos’ 2005 squad secured the team’s first playoff win at Sports Authority Field at Mile High (and first postseason win since Super Bowl XXXIII) by beating the two-time defending Super Bowl-champion Patriots. Lynch’s fourth-quarter interception helped seal Denver’s 27-13 win to halt New England’s 10-game postseason win streak and propel the Broncos to the AFC Championship Game.
       
Lynch came to the Broncos after 11 seasons in Tampa Bay, where he was a four-time Associated Press All-Pro selection (1999-2002) and helped the franchise to a victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. He will be inducted into the Buccaneers’ Ring of Honor this year.
       
Lynch was selected by Tampa Bay in the third round (82nd overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft from Stanford University, where he received first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a senior.
       
He attended Torrey Pines High School in Del Mar, Calif., and was born on Sept. 25, 1971.
 
MOST PRO BOWL SELECTIONS AT SAFETY   MOST CONSECUTIVE PRO BOWLS BY A BRONCO
  Player Team(s) No.     Player No. Years
1. Ken Houston Hou./Was. 10   1. Steve Atwater 7 1990-96
2. John Lynch T.B./Den. 9     Shannon Sharpe 7 1992-98
  Brian Dawkins Phi./Den. 9   3. John Lynch 4 2004-07
  Ed Reed Baltimore 9     Champ Bailey 4 2004-07
5. Steve Atwater Denver 8     Trevor Pryce 4 1999-2002
  Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh 8     Tom Nalen 4 1997-2000
 
DENVER BRONCOS RING OF FAME
Name Pos. Yrs. w/Broncos Year Inducted
Jason Elam K 1993-2007 2016
Simon Fletcher LB 1985-95 2016
John Lynch S 2004-07 2016
Pat Bowlen Owner 1984-pres. 2015
Dan Reeves Coach 1981-92 2014
Rick Upchurch WR 1975-83 2014
Gene Mingo HB/K 1960-64 2014
Tom Nalen C 1994-2008 2013
Rod Smith WR 1994-2007 2012
Shannon Sharpe TE 1990-99, 2002-03 2009
Terrell Davis RB 1995-2002 2007
Steve Atwater S 1989-98 2005
Gary Zimmerman T 1993-97 2003
Karl Mecklenburg LB 1983-94 2001
Dennis Smith S 1981-94 2001
John Elway QB 1983-98 1999
Louis Wright CB 1975-86 1993
Tom Jackson LB 1973-86 1992
Randy Gradishar LB 1974-83 1989
Craig Morton QB 1977-82 1988
Haven Moses WR 1972-81 1988
Jim Turner K 1971-79 1988
Billy Thompson S 1969-81 1987
Charley Johnson QB 1972-75 1986
Paul Smith DT 1968-78 1986
Frank Tripucka QB 1960-63 1986
Gerald H. Phipps Owner 1961-81 1985
Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin S 1960-66 1984
Rich Jackson DE 1967-72 1984
Floyd Little RB 1967-75 1984
Lionel Taylor WR 1960-66 1984
 
 

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