Thursday, January 30, 2014

Colorado's Tallest Peaks Renamed after Denver Broncos Players for Super Bowl Sunday

Colorado's tallest peaks temporarily renamed after Denver Broncos players

Name change effective Super Bowl Sunday only
Longs Peak View From Loveland
(Photo courtesy: Lorri Simpson)
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DENVER - Seattle and Denver are betting food, art work and smoke alarms on the Super Bowl. Now Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking Super Bowl hoopla to new heights.

He announced Wednesday that's he's temporarily re-naming Colorado's highest mountains for each member of the Denver Broncos. The mountains will go by their new names for one day only -- on Super Bowl Sunday.

The state is home to over 50 mountains over 14,000 feet, called "14ers" by locals.

Hickenlooper re-named the tallest mountain, Mt. Elbert, for Peyton Manning while Zane Beadles and other members of the offensive line are getting the Collegiate Peaks range. Capitol Peak, considered to be the most difficult to climb, was temporarily renamed for Champ Bailey. Longs Peak went to long kicker Matt Prater.

In his proclamation, the brewpub pioneer also takes a dig at Seattle, noting that it makes some "OK beer."

Here is the full list of the temporary names released by the governor's office:

- Mt. Elbert: Peyton Manning - Mt. Elbert is the tallest mountain in Colorado
- Mt. Massive: Terrance Knighton - AKA POT ROAST
- Mt. Harvard: Zane Beadles - He, along with others on the offensive line, are as formidable as the line of - Collegiate Peaks
- Blanca Peak: Mitch Unrein - He blocks and tackles
- La Plata Peak: Jacob Tamme - Just as this is an impressive peak among the Collegiate Peaks, this tight end is an impressive addition to the offense
- Uncompahgre Peak: Steven Johnson - His defense is straight forward and uncomplicated
- Crestone Peak: Steve Vallos - Like this peak, which is surrounded by other looming 14ers, this center is the rock of impressive offensive lines
- Mt. Lincoln: Winston Justice - His name itself, and his humanitarian work in Uganda and Haiti, reflect the name of this majestic peak
- Grays Peak: Eric Decker - Grays and Torreys are right next to each other, like the dynamic duo of Decker and Thomas
- Torreys Peak: Demaryius Thomas
- Mt. Antero: Malik Jackson - This defensive end watches everyone's back
- Castle Peak: Duke Ihenacho - Because only a duke could vanquish a castle-like offense
- Quandary Peak: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - His coverage proves to be a quandary for opposing quarterbacks
- Mt. Evans: Nate Irving - This linebacker forms an imposing backdrop to opponents just like this peak does to Denver
- Longs Peak: Matt Prater - He kicks ‘em long (set an NFL record with a 64-yard field goal vs. Tennessee)
- Mt. Wilson: Shaun Phillips - Leads the Broncos in sacks this year and will be taking down Russell Wilson
- Mt. Shavano: Marquice Cole
- Mt. Belford: Andre Caldwell - Like this peak’s inclusion with other Collegiate Peaks, he joins an imposing offense
- Crestone Needle: Brock Osweiler - At 6 feet, 8 inches', he makes all opponents appear as thin as this 14er
- Mt. Princeton: Manny Ramirez
- Mt. Yale: Louis Vasquez
- Mt. Bross: Jeremy Mincey
- Kit Carson Peak: Aaron Brewer - His long snaps find their path just as Kit Carson found paths through the frontier
- Maroon Peak: Mike Adams - He maroons opponents due to his tackling prowess (posted a game-high nine tackles and intercepted a pass that led to a Broncos touchdown in Houston)
- Tabeguache Peak: Chris Kuper
- Mt. Oxford: Chris Clark
- Mt. Sneffels: Zac Dysert - In the shadow of Manning, the QB may be sniffling for not playing, but is tops nonetheless
- Mt. Democrat: Tony Carter - Working on a second degree in political science
- Capitol Peak: Champ Bailey - Rated the most difficult peak on
- Pikes Peak: Joel Dressen - A Colorado Mountain for a Colorado State University Ram and only player on the roster to graduate from a Colorado university
- Snowmass Mountain: Wesley Woodyard
- Mt. Eolus: Sione Fua - An eloquent name, like this peak
- Windom Peak: Ronnie Hillman - This running back runs like the wind
- Challenger Point: Montee Ball - He was a challenger for the Heisman Trophy in 2011
- Mt. Columbia: Orlando Franklin
- Missouri Mountain: Sylvester Williams - He was born in Missouri
- Humboldt Peak: Knowshon Moreno - He "bolts" off the line (Ranked fifth in the NFL in scrimmage yards at 1,586) and tied for fifth with 13 scrimmage touchdowns in 2013. Became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in a single season in 2013
- Mt. Bierstadt: Robert Ayers - Just like the way that Ayers makes tackling look easy, this peak is one of the easiest peaks to summit
- Sunlight Peak: Omar Bolden - He is known for his power of positive thinking and is not blinded by any sunshine in his tackling prowess
- Handies Peak: Quentin Jammer - This defensive player is known for giving a hand to his teammates and those in need through his Jammer Family Foundation helping foster teens
- Culebra Peak: Michael Huff
- Ellingwood Point: Britton Colquitt - He would be able to land a punt on this point
- Mt. Lindsey: Paris Lenon
- Little Bear Peak: Trindon Holliday - He’s 5 foot, 5 inches, but is as tough as they come
- Mt. Sherman: Wes Welker - Let’s see Richard Sherman cover Wes
- Redcloud Peak: Virgil Green
- Pyramid Peak: Danny Trevathan - Like the Pyramids of Giza, Danny Trevathan's defense is a wonder of the world. He posted a team high 129 tackles, beating his next closest teammate by 44 and is 11th best in the league.
- Wilson Peak: Brandon Marshall
- Wetterhorn Peak: Vinston Painter
- San Luis Peak: Kayvon Webster
- Mt. of the Holy Cross: David Bruton - His alma mater is Notre Dame
- Huron Peak: C.J. Anderson - Another impressive peak included in the Collegiate Peaks, he is a fine addition to the offense.
- Sunshine Peak: Julius Thomas - because he always makes himself available to find the sunshine through the defenders and make the catch