Colorado Gov. Renames 14’ers After Denver Broncos

Superbowl fever is rampant in Colorado and Washington State and the Governor of Colorado is obviously a Broncos fan. He also seems to have a pretty good sense of humor.

Gov. John Hickenlooper temporarily renamed Colorado’s tallest mountain peaks — also known as 14ers — after individual active players on the Denver Broncos football team via a gubernatorial proclamation (posted below) today.

The mountains will go by their new names for one day only — on Super Bowl Sunday.

The full text of the proclamation includes smack talk and is pretty funny, so enjoy some comedy from the executive branch in the Mile High City.—Sean McCoy

Check out page two for a full list of mountains (ranked by size) and the active players the peaks are being renamed for.

The summit marker on top of Mt. Bierstadt, er, “Mount Robert Ayers”

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,


Check out page two for a full list of mountains (ranked by size) and the active players the peaks are being renamed for.

Sean McCoy

Sean McCoy is the Editorial Director of GearJunkie, and 5+ other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about hunting, fishing, trail running, camping, skiing, and more for 15+ years.

Prior to GearJunkie, he was the chief photographer for the Virgin Islands Daily News and former Editor In Chief for GearJunkie. Based in Denver, Colorado, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.