Peyton Manning headlines 2017 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame class
Add another award to Peyton Manning’s resume — Colorado Sports Hall of Fame member.
The former Denver Broncos quarterback, who retired after leading Denver to the Super Bowl after the 2015 season, headlines the class of 2018, which was elected Tuesday.
Former University of Colorado star Rashaan Salaam, Ridgway High School basketball player Tracy Hill, former Northern Colorado football coach Joe Glenn, longtime coach Sam Pagano and track/football standout Alex Burl will join Manning at the Hall of Fame induction banquet in April.
Manning, whose number 18 was retired Sunday by the Indianapolis Colts, signed with the Broncos for his final four seasons, starting in 2012. During his 18-year NFL career, he threw for a record 71,940 yards and 539 touchdowns, and started 227 consecutive games.
He was a five-time MVP, was selected to the Pro Bowl 14 times and was a first-team All-Pro seven times. He’s one of only two quarterbacks to win at least 200 games.
In 2013, Manning threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns with the Broncos. Denver won the AFC West each of Manning’s four seasons and went to two Super Bowls.
Salaam, who died last December, is Colorado’s only Heisman Trophy winner, winning the award as college football’s outstanding player in 1994.
Salaam rushed for 2,005 yards and 24 touchdowns that season, averaging 6.9 yards a carry and led the Buffaloes to an 11-1 record.
In 10 games his junior season, Salaam rushed for more than 100 yards.
He opted to skip his senior year and was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears. He rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns as a rookie, but injuries cut his career short.
Hill is the all-time leading scorer in Colorado girls high school basketball history, with 2,934 points during her career at Ridgway (1980-83). Abby Waner of ThunderRidge is second all-time, 264 points behind Hill’s record.
Hill averaged 44.6 points a game as a senior and at one time owned 21 state high school records — she still owns 14 of those marks.
Hill was the Colorado player of the year as a senior and was selected the Colorado Sportswoman of the year after her senior year. She also earned the 1983 Fred Steinmark Award for oustanding achievement in sports, school and the community.
Glenn led UNC to two NCAA Division II national championships in his 11 years in Greeley, compiling a 98-35 record. He was also a head coach at Doane College in Nebraska, the University of Montana, where he won the Division I-AA national championship in 2001, Wyoming and South Dakota. Glenn led Wyoming to its first bowl victory in 38 years, beating UCLA in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Pagano coached Fairview High School in Boulder to three state championships in a 10-year span. He coached several years in Europe and then ran the Mile High Football Camp from 1975-2012, drawing top players in the NFL as instructors, including Manning. Pagano’s son, Chuck, is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, and another son, Jon, is the assistant head coach/defense with the Oakland Raiders.
Burl, who died in 2009 at the age of 78, was a sprinter and football player at Colorado A&M (now Colorado State) and qualified for the 1952 Olympic Trials in the 100-yard dash. He placed fifth in the NCAA championships that year, the first African-American to earn All-America honors. He was also the school’s first African-American to compete at the NCAA Championships. He placed third in the nation in the 100 in 1954.
Tickets for the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame banquet. which is April 18 at the Denver Hilton City Center, are $200 each. Information: http://www.coloradosports.org, 720-258-3535.