So he richly deserved the Super Bowl ring he was awarded during a ceremony on Sunday.
Too bad his name on it was misspelled.
Actually, it would have been spelled correctly — if, that is, his last name was "Peters," the moniker that appears on it.
Strangely enough, this isn't the only embarrassing misspelling to afflict a Colorado sports figure. In fact, it's one of at least five.
Among the victims is a (now former) Bronco, two Colorado Rockies and a past star for the Colorado Avalanche. Count them down below.
Number 5: Adam Deadmarsh, Colorado Avalanche
Deadmarsh was among the most popular members of the Colorado Avalanche during the team's thrilling run to the Stanley Cup in 1996.
The win meant his name would be emblazoned on the Cup — and it's spelled correctly today.
But that wasn't always the case.
According to a "fun facts" item archived at NHL.com, "Adam Deadmarsh was spelled Deadmarch — but later was changed; the only misspelled name to be corrected.
"Some other misspells on the Cup that never have been corrected: Jacques Plante's name has been misspelled five times, (incl. 'Jocko,' 'Jack' and 'Plant'); Bob Gainey was spelled 'Gainy' when he was a player for Montreal in the 70s; Ted Kennedy was spelled 'Kennedyy' in the 40s; New York Islanders was spelled 'Ilanders' in 1980/81; the Toronto Maple Leafs was spelled 'Leaes' in 1962/63; the Boston Bruins was spelled 'Bqstqn' in 1972."
Clearly, it could have been worse.
Number 4: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
As we reported in August 2014, Rockies fan Cory Rox tweeted out a picture of a collector's cup featuring the misspelled name of third baseman Nolan Arenado. The cup, which promoted bobblehead nights at Coors Field, gave each player a nickname.
Arenado's nickname on the cup, "Golden Arendo," would've been just fine if his name were actually spelled like that.
I've actually got a copy of this cup — and as Arenado's star continues to rise, this gaffe on the part of the Rockies becomes even dopier. But not quite as humiliating as....
Number 3: Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies
On July 26, 2014, less than a month before Rox revealed the Arenado error, the Rockies botched all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki's last name on 15,000 T-shirts given away to the first fans showing up for the game — spelling it as "Tulowizki."
The screwup was honored in the following meme:
At least this misspelling wasn't physically stamped on Tulo, currently a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. But our next honoree wasn't so lucky.
Continue for our top two Colorado athlete misspellings.
Number 2: Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos
In 2012, when Brock Osweiler was supposedly the Broncos' quarterback of the future, South Stands Denver revealed that the education he received at Arizona State University apparently didn't extend to understanding apostrophes.
The following photo shows an Osweiler tattoo that reads, "Live Life to It's Fullest."
Take out the apostrophe and the tattoo would read, "Live Life to It Is Fullest."
Yes, "it is" ridiculous — but "it is" no longer our shame. Osweiler recently bolted to the Houston Texans.
Number 1: Wade Phillips, Denver Broncos
After the ring ceremony, Phillips tweeted this photo of him wearing his new jewelry.
World Champion Denver Broncos has a nice Ring to it! pic.twitter.com/Hvnm3w1fln— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) June 13, 2016
Looks terrific, right? But there was a problem with it, as Phillips made clear in a followup message:
The Ring Ceremony was great. Receiving the Ring was awesome. Seeing that they had the wrong name on my Ring,not so good.— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) June 13, 2016
He's not moping about the situation, though. Here's his most recent tweet on the subject:
No worries, Jostens will replace— Wade Phillips (@sonofbum) June 13, 2016
Jostens, of course, is known for making high school rings with considerably fewer diamonds than the one Phillips received. Talk about graduating to the big time.
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