The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame selection committee has voted five people to be inducted into its hall of fame, with former Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl and former Denver Broncos star Demaryius Thomas, posthumously, headlining the class.
Other inductees will be Evie Dennis, Vincent Jackson (posthumously), and Jimmie Heuga (posthumously).
Karl coached the Nuggets from 2004-13 and was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2022. His teams won 1,175 games. He went 423-257 in the regular season with the Nuggets.
Dennis, 98, was best known as superintendent of the Denver Public Schools in the early 1990s. She was the first female vice president of the United States Olympic Committee, from 1981-88, and long championed Title IX legislation.
Thomas was a Super Bowl 50 champion with the Denver Broncos, who won two AFC Championships and five AFC West titles while he starred as a wide receiver. He was also named to five Pro Bowls. Thomas died in December at the age of 33.
Jackson joins Thomas posthumously in this induction class. He played 12 seasons in the NFL as a wideout. Prior to professional football, Jackson starred at Widefield High School and Northern Colorado. Jackson died in 2021 at age 38.
Heuga was one of the first members of the U.S. men’s alpine ski team to win an Olympic medal. Heuga won an NCAA slalom title for the Colorado ski team in 1963. He followed that up by earning a bronze medal in slalom at the 1964 Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria.
Heuga died in 2010 from complications of multiple sclerosis.
The 58th annual banquet is set for April 26 at the Hilton Denver City Center.