With Director of Sports Medicine Steve Antonopulos retiring from the Broncos after an incredible 45 years with the team, President and CEO Joe Ellis issued the following statement:
"Steve has been an institution with the Broncos for the last 45 years and became one of the most respected athletic training professionals in all of sports. As the only person in the history of the Broncos to be part of all eight Super Bowls, 'Greek' made a profound impact on this organization.
"No one cared more about the players than Greek. It didn't matter if they were a Hall of Famer or an undrafted rookie—his standard never changed. He was a fixture on our sidelines for the greatest moments in team history, the first person running on the field to care for an injured player and the one who supported them through every step of their recovery.
"As a proud native Coloradoan, Greek loved the Broncos and gave everything he had to the job, arriving most days before 4:30 a.m. and keeping that same passion throughout his entire career. With unmatched dedication and loyalty to the Broncos, Greek became a trusted confidant for so many coaches, staff members and especially Pat Bowlen.
"His influence on this franchise, the athletic training profession and throughout sports is far-reaching, mentoring countless interns and staff who went on to accomplish great things.
"We congratulate Greek and thank him for a truly remarkable, special run with the Denver Broncos. Our organization wishes him the very best in his retirement. We sincerely thank his wife Susan and the entire Antonopulos family for sharing Greek with us for so many years."