Bronco heaven: Fourteeners renamed for big game
DENVER — Gov. John Hickenlooper decided Wednesday to rename all of Colorado’s highest peaks.
OK, only temporarily.
The governor has matched the state’s “14er” peaks with players on the Denver Broncos football team in honor of their upcoming game against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.
Hickenlooper did so in an official proclamation that is long on Broncos support and short on, well, everything Seattle.
“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,” the governor wrote. “And whereas, Seattle makes some, well, OK beer.”
The proclamation notes that the team has the same number of players on its active roster — 53 — as the state has 14er peaks, so it seemed appropriate to rename each one after each player.
Kicker Matt Prater, for example, was named after Longs Peak outside of Longmont because of his record 64-yard field goal at Sports Authority Field in Denver against the Tennessee Titans on Dec. 8.
Quarterback Peyton Manning was named after Mount Elbert southwest of Leadville because he resembles the tallest mountain in the state.
Other peak renames include Capitol Peak near Snowmass Village after safety Champ Bailey because it’s considered the toughest peak in the state, and Humboldt Peak northwest of Alamosa after Knowshon Moreno because he “bolts” off the line.
The proclamation also declares Super Bowl Sunday, Denver Broncos Mania Day.
• Mt. Elbert: Peyton Manning
• Mt. Massive: Terrance Knighton
• Mt. Harvard: Zane Beadles
• Blanca Peak: Mitch Unrein
• La Plata Peak: Jacob Tamme
• Uncompahgre Peak: Steven Johnson
• Crestone Peak: Steve Vallos
• Mt. Lincoln: Winston Justice
• Grays Peak: Eric Decker
• Mt. Antero: Malik Jackson
• Torreys Peak: Demaryius Thomas
• Castle Peak: Duke Ihenacho
• Quandary Peak: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
• Mt. Evans: Nate Irving
• Longs Peak: Matt Prater
• Mt. Wilson: Shaun Phillips
• Mt. Shavano: Marquice Cole
• Mt. Belford: Andre Caldwell
• Crestone Needle: Brock Osweiler
• Mt. Princeton: Manny Ramirez
• Mt. Yale: Louis Vasquez
• Mt. Bross: Jeremy Mincey
• Kit Carson Peak: Aaron Brewer
• Maroon Peak: Mike Adams
• Tabeguache Peak: Chris Kuper
• Mt. Oxford: Chris Clark
• Mt. Sneffels: Zac Dysert
• Mt. Democrat: Tony Carter
• Capitol Peak: Champ Bailey
• Pikes Peak: Joel Dressen
• Snowmass Mountain: Wesley Woodyard
• Mt. Eolus: Sione Fua
• Windom Peak: Ronnie Hillman
• Challenger Point: Montee Ball
• Mt. Columbia: Orlando Franklin
• Missouri Mountain: Sylvester Williams
• Humboldt Peak: Knowshon Moreno
• Mt. Bierstadt: Robert Ayers
• Sunlight Peak: Omar Bolden
• Handies Peak: Quentin Jammer
• Culebra Peak: Michael Huff
• Ellingwood Point: Britton Colquitt
• Mt. Lindsey: Paris Lenon
• Little Bear Peak: Trindon Holliday
• Mt. Sherman: Wes Welker
• Redcloud Peak: Virgil Green
• Pyramid Peak: Danny Trevathan
• Wilson Peak: Brandon Marshall
• Wetterhorn Peak: Vinston Painter
• San Luis Peak: Kayvon Webster
• Mt. of the Holy Cross: David Bruton
• Huron Peak: C.J. Anderson
• Sunshine Peak: Julius Thomas