ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Over the past 45 years, Steve "Greek" Antonopulos has been a welcoming presence in the Broncos' training rooms at the team's practice facilities, home and road stadiums and training camp locales — none more so than the room that will soon bear his name at UCHealth Training Center.
In celebration of Antonopulos' legacy leading the Broncos' athletic training department, President and CEO Joe Ellis said the team will rename the training room as part of their plans to honor the recently retired Antonopulos.
"Our plan is to name the training room after Steve Antonopulos," Ellis said. "It will be named the Steve 'Greek' Antonopulos Training Room."
After the 1990 completion of the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre at the heart of what is now known as UCHealth Training Center, Antonopulos made that room his home. He made a reputation as the first one into that training room, and in that room he became someone hundreds of Broncos players could trust with their health.
After the football season begins, the team also plans to honor Antonopulos at a home game, Ellis said.
"We'll have a nice ceremony for him sometime later this year," Ellis said. "And then I think the fans will want to see him and greet him and honor him. We're going to do that at a quarter break during a game and we'll have him out at the south end zone, and it'll be a fun moment for him and I think it'll be a fun moment for the fans. We're all looking forward to that."