EXCLUSIVE: Q & A With Denver Legend Karl Mecklenburg

Karl Mecklenburg is a legend.

Not only did he rise above a low draft pick to become a six-time Pro Bowler and a Ring of Famer, but he’s become a prominent community leader since his retirement from the NFL in 1994. Mecklenburg has since started his own community outreach organization the REACH Foundation, which provides Denver area youth with educational opportunities and resources. He’s also author of “Heart of a Student Athlete,” a motivational book for young athletes, as well as their families and coaches. He currently resides in Littleton with his family.

Appliance Factory Outlet is honored to host the local legend and leader at our grand opening event in Parker on June 9. He’s stopping by at noon to sign autographs.

We caught up with Karl to get his thoughts on the new Broncos offense under Peyton Manning and life in Colorado.

Mecklenburg says he’s “excited about the possibilities that Manning brings to the Denver Broncos.” Photo: Karl Mecklenburg.

What do you love most about living in Colorado?

The two things I love most about living in Colorado are the people and the land. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and am always excited to get back to my honest, outgoing, and caring friends and family here in Colorado. I’m an outdoorsman and love the wilderness we have in Colorado. I’ve hiked, skied, camped, hunted, and fished all over this great state from the Sangre de Cristos to the Pawnee Grasslands.


What inspires you?

People who step up and come through when it’s crunch time inspire me. We all have points of time in our lives when we have opportunities to do and say the right thing. It’s often difficult and costly but I’m inspired whenever I see it. 

Give us your thoughts on the upcoming season under Manning.

I’m excited about the possibilities that Manning brings to the Denver Broncos. There is an urgency and accountability that his leadership will bring to the team. Offensive teammates will be asked to be mentally sharp and committed beyond what they have had to be in the past. Manning will put them in the best plays and give them the opportunity to become a dominant offense.

We have to ask: What’s in your refrigerator?

My refrigerator holds fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, milk, sauces and dressings, a few leftovers, tortillas and bread.

Any advice for young athletes in Colorado?

Young athletes should have fun. Be a great teammate and try to improve your skills a little every day.

Meet Karl at our grand opening event for our new flagship store in Parker on June 9. Details are here.

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