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    Smooth Landing


    David Bruton expects to make an immediate impact for the Broncos this season on special teams. PHOTO: KYLE SONNEMAN, DENVERBRONCOS.COM

    By Zach Eisendrath
    DenverBroncos.com

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- David Bruton had a feeling he was destined to be a Bronco.

    "I had a hunch that I'd probably go to Denver after my trip out here and the difficulties we went through just to make sure I got here," he said.

    On the day of his meet-and-greet with Broncos brass this spring, Bruton left his Miamisburg, Ohio home to make the 20-minute trip to Dayton International Airport. He had no idea he'd be reprising the role of Steve Martin in Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

    The former Notre Dame product missed a 6:20 a.m. flight out of the airport because of unforeseen traffic just before the break of dawn.

    "I have no idea why there was traffic," Bruton said. "Maybe construction? I have never seen traffic at five o'clock in the morning."

    With few flights to Denver scheduled for the rest of the day, Bruton made the 78-mile trek to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport for a soon after departing flight. But trouble struck again.

    "I missed that one, too," Bruton said.

    Eventually, the safety did arrive at Dove Valley and, despite the difficulties associated with his journey to team headquarters, he apparently made a strong impression on team management.

    Earlier in the spring, Bruton could tell the club had interest in his skill set. During his senior campaign with the Irish, the 6-foot-2, 219-pounder posted a team-high four interceptions and, for his efforts, was named an honorable mention All-American by The NFL Draft Report. Soon after, defensive backs coach Ed Donatell flew to South Bend, Ind. to work him out in person at Notre Dame's training facility.

    Still, Bruton, like his collegiate counterparts, waited to find out his professional fate at April's NFL Draft. Surrounded by family, friends and old high school coaches at a local restaurant in Miamisburg, Bruton watched as the Broncos nabbed him in the fourth round with the 114th overall pick.

    "It was just a very emotional day and a very important day," he said. "I had a lot of smiles. I was very excited."

    After sharing draft day with family and friends, Bruton quickly realized he'd be sharing the field with former collegiate comrades. David Grimes, who was a co-captain with Bruton for Notre Dame last season, joined the Broncos as a college free agent on Apr. 27. Third-year pros Darius Walker and Ryan Harris, who acted as big brothers for Bruton during his underclassman years in South Bend, are also on the club's roster, and have helped ease his transition to the NFL.

    "My college family is here," Bruton said. "It definitely helps (the transition) because you have people you are comfortable with, people you knew for four years -- not just people you heard of on TV. You actually knew these people; you actually went through the ringer with them."

    So far, Bruton is looking to repay the Broncos for their belief in his game.

    He was a mainstay at Dove Valley during minicamps and passing camps and was a fixture during voluntary workout sessions this offseason.

    Bruton's showing himself to be a student of the game, too. During secondary meetings, he has been sitting next to seven-time Pro Bowler Brian Dawkins, picking the veteran's brain on how to read an offense and how to attack the quarterback.

    "Less than two percent get to make it to this level and everybody has their own special talents," Bruton said. "Like they've said, they can find a different guy like you, so you've got just to keep putting in work, day in and day out."

    This season, Bruton hopes to set himself apart from the pack by establishing himself as a key cog on all of the club's special teams units. With the Fighting Irish, he quickly built a reputation as one of the top special-teams gunners in the country. In total, he was a part of 596 special-teams plays during his collegiate career.

    "It's something I've always taken pride in, especially early in my college career," Bruton said. "I did it in high school and have always excelled at it."

    Bruton said he is willing to do anything and everything special teams coordinator Mike Priefer asks of him this season. The same goes for all of his coaches. After all, he is still looking for ways to reimburse the team for the extra frequent flyer miles he racked up on that pre-draft visit.

    "Before the draft, my dad always used to joke, 'They invested a lot of money in you just trying to get you there for that one (pre-draft) day," Bruton said. "You'll probably go there. You owe them."'
    I smell a ST star in the making for this season!
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  • #2
    Could we please retire #30? mike bell why did u have start this...

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Bioengineer View Post
      Could we please retire #30? mike bell why did u have start this...
      I agree with that

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      • #4
        Originally posted by BroncosFreak#1 View Post
        I agree with that
        Then #84 needs to go as well.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by Bioengineer View Post
          Could we please retire #30? mike bell why did u have start this...
          I personally dislike the retiring of numbers. It is selfish on our generation's part.

          Who's to say that the NFL will be short-lived? Eventually we are going to begin running low on #s.
          Last edited by mx_stiles13; 07-08-2009, 08:26 PM.

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          • #6
            I read this article earlier and I'm glad to have Bruton on the team.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mx_stiles13 View Post
              I personally dislike the retiring of numbers. It is selfish on our generation's part.

              Who's to say that the NFL will be short-lived? Eventually we are going to begin running low on #s.
              I knows it's a topic for a thread of it's own but I agree. You can't go around retiring the number of all great players. #7 is the only number in the Broncos history that should be retired. He was, and still is, the face of the Denver Broncos. Every QB that steps through the doors is compared to him and lives in his shadows. Other than that all numbers should be available.

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              • #8
                Hoss--your post just made me realize something. Orton is the first QB not to be compared to Elway. It's all Cutler vs. Orton. Interesting. I wonder how long this will last? I wonder if it broke that oppressive comparison for good?

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                • #9
                  I am happy Bruton on the team.

                  I hope he has a good season this year...
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                  • #10
                    i like the look of this guy i watched his draft profile and looked on youtube for a couple of vids just after we drafted him and i feel he could do a very good job on special teams this year and god knows we do need some help on it.

                    Hopefully he and larsen step up and hit someone hard hehe
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                    • #11
                      Wow, every time you hear or read something from these rookies, you see a lot of drive and whatnot, but what strikes me is that you can tell from just a few sentences and phrases that they really are all pretty damned smart. These kids just might make it in this league.

                      Originally posted by SimonSteele View Post
                      Hoss--your post just made me realize something. Orton is the first QB not to be compared to Elway. It's all Cutler vs. Orton. Interesting. I wonder how long this will last? I wonder if it broke that oppressive comparison for good?
                      Interesting point. Is it veteran acquisition vs. rookie draft pick, or a function of time, or maybe both? Once the season starts and games start being played, long-time Broncos fans will still probably be doing it subconsciously if nothing else.
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                      • #12
                        Cool Piece, I hadn't seen it before, but yet again chock it up to another exciting character guy that was brought in.

                        P.S. I'm not real big on retireing numbers. Elway yes, floyd little, maybee, TD, no.

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                        • #13
                          So glad ...

                          ... the Broncos took big steps to fix the Safety situation.

                          The only glimmer of light at that position in '08 was Josh Barrett ... a rookie.

                          Dawkins, Hill, McBath, Bruton and Johnson added!!! Thank goodness!!!:clap:

                          Jim Johnson was quoted in an interview saying that the key to his defense was the secondary, especially the safeties.:thumb:

                          Safeties are usually big on ST, too.
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                          • #14
                            I like David Bruton as a player and person, he's a class act, and he's tough safety.

                            Even, though we've addressed the safety position in the 2009 draft, what are they odds of us drafting Taylor Mays? I still want to see this guy in a Bronco uniform.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by samparnell View Post
                              ... the Broncos took big steps to fix the Safety situation.

                              The only glimmer of light at that position in '08 was Josh Barrett ... a rookie.

                              Dawkins, Hill, McBath, Bruton and Johnson added!!! Thank goodness!!!:clap:

                              Jim Johnson was quoted in an interview saying that the key to his defense was the secondary, especially the safeties.:thumb:

                              Safeties are usually big on ST, too
                              A field general safety is the cog in the sprocket if you as me. Control the middle, whack people, and direct traffic. It's usually a CB type Body and skill with a MLB mentality

                              I think Jim Johnson will be missed more than any philly fan wants to admit if he isn't healthy for the season. As a person i wish him a return to good health, as a "not fan" of philly, i hope he is only healthy enough to live a great life, but not healthy enough to return to coaching.

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