Valuable experience for TT and with what is being rumored it could get interesting. See here about Elway rumored to have agreed to a VP position.
Like Kubiak said, anything John does, he’ll bring success, especially with this team.
When the festivities and hostilities kick off this Sunday at INVESCO Field at Mile High, it will be the 100th regular season matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs franchises.
There is nothing like a good rivalry game to stir fans up, and ours undoubtedly will be very vocal Sunday, in spite of and maybe even because of the fact that the season has not gone well so far.
Brian Dawkins expects to be back on the field on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers after missing two straight games due to a knee injury.
The veteran safety has been on the sidelines for the last two home games, firing up the crowd and inciting his teammates — not a position he wants to get used to.
“It was very tough,” Dawkins said. “I’m not on the team to be a cheerleader. But that was my duty as far as what I felt, anyway, to do whatever I could for my teammates. Whether it be on the sideline telling them what I saw as far as different coverages, helping Nate (Jones) out as much as I can and pumping up the crowd as much as I can. That’s all I could do at that point.
“It will obviously be different this week.”
His teammate in the secondary, Andre’ Goodman, is on pace to return to the starting lineup in London as well after having missed four games and the majority of a fifth with a quadricep injury.
As we prepare to play the San Francisco 49ers in London this week, in the eighth overall but first regular season international game in Denver Broncos history, a lot of memories come back to me. I thought readers might enjoy hearing a few.
In the case of every one of those games, I was there (on site in the international city) for a full week, and in every case but one, I was there a full week ahead of the team to do media.
Sometimes when you are just sitting around thinking about players and their backgrounds, one thing leads to another and an interesting theme is developed.
In this case, I started thinking about two-sport Broncos, players (or administrators) who worked or played for the Broncos and also took a crack, however brief at another sport professionally.
Just for fun, here is what I came up with.
John Elway has no immediate plans to get into coaching.
In fact, after competing in the Colorado Golf Association 4-Ball tournament in Westminster on Tuesday, he called it something he can “always fall back on.”
In the meantime, the Hall-of-Fame quarterback is hoping to be seen a little more often around Dove Valley, helping out the Broncos any way he can while “on the outside looking in.”
“I’m hoping to get to know Tim (Tebow), and if he’s got questions I’d love to be able to help him out, as well as Kyle (Orton) and Brady (Quinn),” Elway told a group of reporters in a sit-down interview. “That’s kind of what I’ve missed is that connection, so I’m hoping to get more connected.”
After speaking to parents and students in the “Teaming up to Take Charge of Asthma” event at Montbello High School on Wednesday, Head Coach Josh McDaniels couldn’t help but smile when he heard Elway’s plans to get more involved.
With the draft now right around the corner, I thought it might be fun to revisit some of the greatest draft moments in Denver Broncos history.
Where else would one start besides the acquisition of John Elway. I know, I know, he was acquired by trade, but that’s just the end of the story, not the beginning.
The beginning came in San Diego on Sunday, November 28, 1982, while John was still a senior at Stanford. We were staying at the Town and Country Hotel in San Diego for a game against the Chargers, and Broncos owner Edgar Kaiser and general manager Hein Poulus called me into Mr. Kaiser’s suite. I didn’t know the topic, but left very excited.
Terrell Davis. Shannon Sharpe. Steve Atwater. Randy Gradishar. Tom Jackson. Karl Mecklenburg. Tom Nalen. Louis Wright. Lyle Alzado. Rick Upchurch.
They are some of the best players to ever don a Broncos uniform. None were picked higher than the 14th overall selection in the NFL draft, and one was picked as late as the 310th overall selection in the 12th round.
Not coincidentally, they are all up for consideration to be named one of the 75 Most Valuable Draft Picks in league history.
Fans can vote on NFL.com now — voting ends April 18 — choosing between pairs of players randomly generated from a list of 320 all-time most valuable draft picks as chosen by NFL.com editors. After choosing the winners of 30 random matchups, fans can begin to build their own Top 10 list, and continue voting from there to alter their top 10.
When the Denver Broncos head back East this weekend to take on the Baltimore Ravens, my mind’s eye will see not just the opponents in their purple and black in their beautiful state of the art stadium, but another opponent, another era, same city.
Baltimore’s pro football history began not in the National Football League, but in the old All American Football Conference, which sounds like a college “conference” but which was in fact the first significant rival pro league. The AAFC played for four years and the Cleveland Browns won the title all four seasons.
Then, on December 9, 1949, NFL Commissioner Bert Bell announced a merger agreement in which three AAFC franchises — Cleveland, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Baltimore Colts — joined the NFL and began play in 1950. In this year of celebration for the AFL, I thought it was at least worth a shout out to the AAFC, which no fan today has ever heard of, even though it spawned three of the franchises still considered legendary today.
That’s how Baltimore got into the NFL, and they were the Colts, not the Ravens.
Of course, the Broncos have been tied to Baltimore by our all-time great Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who was acquired by Denver from the Colts in 1983.
The Broncos played at Baltimore that year, and the game will always be memorable to me.
The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named John Elway the recipient of its prestigious “Man of the Year” award, the organization announced.
Elway joins a distinguished list of former winners, including Roger Staubach, Gale Sayers, Dick Butkus and Morten Andersen, who was last year’s recipient.
President and CEO Pat Bowlen congratulated Elway on the honor on Thursday.
“On behalf of the Denver Broncos Football Club, I’d like to congratulate John Elway for receiving this great award,” Bowlen said. “In addition to being the greatest Denver Bronco of all time, John is one of the few who is among the greatest players of all time in both college and pro football. His receiving this accolade from the Walter Camp Football Foundation is an honor well deserved by John for public service and community work that equal his greatness on the field. He has always been generous with his time for a myriad causes that benefit those in need and it is gratifying to me and the entire Broncos organization to see John named for this honor.”