Originally written on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Manning will be a team captain in 2012. (Michael Conroy /AP)

On Wednesday, the Denver Broncos announced five team captains for the 2012 season.  As expected, the group is highlighted by quarterback Peyton Manning.

Broncos’ 2012 team captains:

  • QB Peyton Manning (Offense)
  • G Chris Kuper (Offense)
  • CB Champ Bailey (Defense)
  • DE Elvis Dumervil (Defense)
  • LB Wesley Woodyard (Special Teams)

Dumervil is the only first-time captain among the group.  Manning has been a captain for eleven consecutive seasons; Bailey’s going on his sixth consecutive year; Kuper is entering his third season as a captain and Woodyard has been a captain since he entered the league in 2008.

While Kuper recovers from his fractured forearm, running back Willis McGahee will serve as an interim team captain.  McGahee became a captain mid-season in 2011 after the Broncos cut quarterback Kyle Orton, who was one of the team’s offensive team captains last season.

The captains listed above will be joined by Centennial resident and Regis Jesuit High School student Missy Franklin at midfield for the pregame coin toss on Sunday.  Franklin—a six-time Olympic Medalist who visited the Broncos during training camp in July—will be an honorary captain for the game.

The captains were voted for by their teammates.  And if I do say so myself, they picked an excellent group of leaders.

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