Gary Kubiak’s football career seemed inevitable when head coach Bum Phillips hired him to be a ball boy for his hometown Houston Oilers. A high school quarterback at the time, Kubiak was beginning to show some football promise of his own. Kubiak set the then-state passing record and won three state championships at St. Pius High School. His high school accomplishments were recognized in 1999 when he was inducted into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. In November 2017, St. Pius named Kubiak Stadium in his honor.
Kubiak was a three-year starter at Texas A&M and earned All-Southwest Conference honors in 1982 after leading the conference in passing yards and touchdowns. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in 1983 where he played for nine seasons and went to three Super Bowls.
In 1992, Kubiak began his coaching career at Texas A&M. As the team’s running backs coach, he contributed to ten consecutive winning seasons and Cotton Bowl berths. In 1994, he became quarterback coach of the San Francisco 49ers and won Super Bowl XXIX while coaching Steve Young to a Super Bowl MVP award. He returned to Denver in 1995 and spent 11 seasons as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. During this time, Kubiak amassed more yardage than any other NFL team, coached Hall of Famers John Elway, Terrell Davis, and Shannon Sharpe and won back-to-back Super Bowls: XXXII and XXXIII.
Kubiak returned home in 2006 to become head coach of the Houston Texans. In Kubiak’s eight seasons of leadership, the Texans won back-to-back division championships and two playoff games. Kubiak was named AFC Coach of the Year in 2011. After a year as the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator, Kubiak returned to Denver in 2015 as head coach and lead the Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers--his first Super Bowl victory as a head coach and fourth overall. Gary is the only head coach to have played in the Super Bowl and later win it as the head coach for the same team. Kubiak has participated in a total of seven Super Bowls: three as a player, three as offensive coordinator, and one as head coach.