Rick Upchurch is the former wide receiver and kick returner of the Denver Broncos. He is a hero, both in the NFL and in the Marks home. We have had the blessing of becoming friends with Rick over past couple of years, so much so that he graciously offered some football training to our boys.
It is with great excitement that I share this story from the Denver Post newspaper: Rick has been inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame!
In celebration of Rick’s accomplishment, I have included pictures of him dressed up to receive his award. One of the things I appreciate about Rick is his humility, firmly rooted in his faith in God. I have included a screen capture of the text messages between him and I, giving thanks to God. (The Denver Post won’t print it, so I will.)
Congratulations Rick, you deserve it!!!!
God Bless, Tim Marks
Text from original post of Denver Post article:
Rick Upchurch was sporting his No. 80 jersey and ready to play in the second half Sunday against the Chiefs.
“I hadn’t heard (the crowd) from the field for a long time, but to hear it on the field again, it was electrifying,” Upchurch said after being inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame at halftime of the Broncos-Chiefs game. “I almost put my cleats on, put some shoulder pads under (the jersey) and got busy again.”
Upchurch, who spent his entire eight-year NFL career in Denver, used his platform Sunday to campaign for others he played with or for to join him in the Ring of Fame.
“Riley Odoms, Coach Red Miller and Simon Fletcher,” Upchurch said. “Hopefully this will start that whole trend that we can get those guys in as well.”
Upchurch was one of the NFL’s big-play offensive threats beginning in 1975. He caught 267 passes for 4,369 yards and returned a league-record eight punts for touchdowns. He is the only Bronco to be named to multiple NFL All-Decade teams.
The Ring of Fame was established in 1984 by team owner Pat Bowlen. Several Ring of Fame members were on hand for the ceremony, including John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Karl Mecklenburg and Dennis Smith.
Photos of the day of celebration: