COLLEGE TEAMMATES TO REUNITE ON SUNDAY
Brandon Stokley and Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme were college teammates at Southwestern Louisiana from 1995-96. Fast forward 12 years and both are 10-year NFL veterans.
“I never would have though either one of us would have lasted this long,” Stokley said. “It is pretty special. I think both of us feel we are pretty blessed to have this opportunity to keep playing.”
The two former teammates keep in touch and keep tabs on one another.
“I do keep a pretty keen eye on Denver — I want to see what they do, I want to see what Brandon does week-in, week-out,” Delhomme said.
Stokley said that coming from a smaller school and having the mindset that they had to prove themselves is part of the reason both players have had such long and successful NFL careers.
“You can’t ever take anything for granted,” he said. “You have to work a little bit harder than everybody else.”
A CAROLINA HOMECOMING FOR BLY
Sunday will be a homecoming of sorts for Dre’ Bly. Bly played collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and said he expects to have a lot of family that will be making the five-hour commute from his home town of Chesapeake, Virginia to Charlotte.
Bly is also looking forward to stepping back on the field at Bank of America Stadium; he said he has a fond recollection of that venue.
“It was my rookie year, I was the nickel back and I had a chance to intercept a pass,” Bly said. “It was against Muhsin (Muhammad), I think Steve Beurlein was the quarterback, he threw me a slant and I intercepted it and took it back for like 57 yards. That’s one of my great memories that I have playing there in that stadium.”
BOYD WANTS TO LIVE UP TO NO. 30
Recently activated tailback Cory Boyd could see his first action of the season Sunday in Charlotte. Not only will Boyd try to follow the success of teammates such as Peyton Hillis in stepping up and carrying the load, but he also will have to live up to the No. 30 on his jersey.
“I wore No. 3 in college and now No. 30, it is an honor to wear it,” he said. “I am not saying I am the next Terrell Davis, but I will try and follow in his footsteps the best way possible. I will wear his number with pride.”
-Jake Grilley, DenverBroncos.com
Here are some photos from today’s practice.