Come Super Bowl Sunday, all locals should look to the west and salute the 14,115-foot monster towering over Colorado Springs: Joel Dreessen
. For the Denver Broncos
tight end will lend his name to Pikes Peak, for just the one day
, under Gov. John Hickenlooper
's proclamation to name each 14er in the state after a Broncos player.
The governor reasoned that Dreessen deserves the honor since he's "a Colorado State University Ram and only player on the roster to graduate from a Colorado university."
As far as the proclamation, it begins: "WHEREAS, the State of Colorado is confident that the Denver Broncos will beat the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII" and goes on to declare Feb. 2 as Denver Broncos-Mania Day (with a snark at Seattle beer thrown in).
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,
DENVER BRONCOS-MANIA DAY