Broncos legend announced as National Western parade grand marshal

Randy Gradishar. (Photo courtesy of National Western Stock Show.)

The National Western Stock Show, presented by CommonSpirit Health, is excited to announce Denver Broncos All-Pro Middle Linebacker (1974-1983) Randy Gradishar as Grand Marshal of the 2024 Stock Show Kick-Off Parade, presented by Arrow Electronics.  

On Jan. 4, Gradishar will lead the traditional drive of longhorn cattle, horses, and western wagons through the streets of downtown Denver to celebrate the start of the 118th National Western Stock Show. The parade begins at noon outside Union Station and marches twelve blocks down 17th Street to Glenarm Place. 

During his time with the Denver Broncos, Gradishar was the leader of the legendary “Orange Crush Defense,” 1978 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, Seven Time NFL All-Pro, and Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024 Finalist. Beyond his on-field achievements, Gradishar has remained a beloved figure off the field, engaging in community services and his unwavering commitment to supporting and empowering military veterans.

Gradishar’s dedication to veterans stems from his father, who fought in the South Pacific during WWII. Randy has a deep respect for their sacrifice and service to the nation. Through strategic partnerships with veteran-focused organizations, Randy has demonstrated his commitment to positively impacting the lives of those who have bravely served in the armed forces.

“It is a great honor to have a football legend and dedicated Colorado ambassador for veterans like Randy Gradishar to lead our Stock Show parade,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Randy embodies the values of tradition and service on which the Stock Show is founded.” 

“I’m incredibly proud to serve as this year’s Stock Show parade Grand Marshal and hope to encourage our youth to be their best, develop strong core values and embody a dedicated work ethic,” stated Gradishar.  “The National Western Stock Show mission is phenomenal, investing in tomorrow’s standout leaders!”

Parade-goers, downtown businesses, and passersby are invited to stop by the Stock Show Fair at McGregor Square following the parade, where attendees may enjoy McNicholas Miniatures therapy horses, western royalty, ice skating, a food market and more.