Broncos to add Mike Shanahan to Ring of Honor in '21

The Denver Broncos have selected former head coach Mike Shanahan for their Ring of Honor, the team announced on Tuesday. Shanahan will be the franchise's 34th Ring of Famer.

The ceremony is expected to be delayed until next year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Shanahan spent 14 seasons as head coach of the Broncos, leading the team to Super Bowl titles in the 1997 and 1998 seasons and finishing as the winningest coach in franchise history with 146 total wins. He also spent seven seasons as an assistant with Denver.

"Mike Shanahan is the greatest coach in Denver Broncos history and among the winningest coaches of all-time," president and CEO Joe Ellis said in a team statement. "He brought an unmatched standard and intensity as head coach, leading this franchise to its first two Super Bowl wins and building the Broncos into perennial contenders. We are thrilled that Mike has now been elected to the Broncos' Ring of Fame."

Shanahan is one of seven head coaches in NFL history with more than 175 career wins and two Super Bowl titles, joining Don Shula, Bill Belichick, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Bill Parcells and Tom Coughlin.

"It is a tremendous honor to be elected to the Broncos' Ring of Fame," Shanahan said in a statement released by the team. "When you reflect on the things we were able to accomplish as a team, it starts with the players, coaches and staff who helped us get there. I am grateful for all of those relationships and how we all worked together for one goal: to win championships. To spend 21 years with a first-class organization that is all about winning was special. It was a great run. I am thankful for Pat Bowlen -- the best owner in sports -- for giving me the opportunity. It was a privilege to coach for the Broncos with such incredible support from the Denver community and all the fans. I am proud to share this Ring of Fame honor with everyone who helped make it happen."

Before coaching the Broncos, Shanahan coached the Los Angeles Raiders in 1988 and for four games of the 1989 season before being fired. He then spent 14 seasons with the Broncos followed by four seasons with the Washington Redskins, finishing with a career coaching record of 178-144, including playoffs.

Shanahan also captured a Super Bowl title as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers in the 1994 season.