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  • Good Article, Nitty Gritty Broncos

    Good article by Jeff Legwold of the Rocky Mountain News:

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...268502,00.html

    ENGLEWOOD - The picture Thursday night was worth however many words the Broncos needed.
    Deep in the heart of Texas Stadium, down where the tractor-trailers park, there was a hug.

    A small one, but a hug nonetheless, between a couple of football guys who want another opportunity.

    When coach Mike Shanahan, in the aftermath of a slug-it-out road victory against the Dallas Cowboys, let down his guard long enough in the public eye to hug Ron Dayne, it said some things.

    It said Shanahan wants another shot at big trophies. It's a given with him, but he has worn it on his sleeve some with this team.

    But he wants another opportunity to play for the NFL's big prize. To go into "someone else's backyard," as he calls it, with a team that can get on the bus with enough to win.

    Especially because he has been booted out of the Colts' backyard in each of the previous two postseasons.

    And there is Dayne, the 1999 Heisman Trophy winner reduced to hope-for-the-best status when the New York Giants let him go during the off-season. A 55-yard romp in overtime, and Dayne helped the Broncos get the kind of road victory that puts them at the grown-up's table in the playoff race.

    Dayne had been a game-day inactive three times this season and hadn't carried in the past six before his Thanksgiving feast. And he might be the face of these hither-and-yon Broncos.

    "It didn't surprise anybody," Shanahan said. "But it's sure nice to see somebody who worked as hard as Ron has get the opportunity and show up like he did (Thursday)."

    At safety, they start Nick Ferguson and John Lynch. One waited a decade of his football life to be a starter, the other was told by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers he was done.

    They have four former Cleveland defensive linemen, all told they would be part of addition by subtraction by the Browns' new hierarchy. All now in their first legitimate playoff race.

    Their leading rusher is 32, and Mike Anderson was the Broncos fullback two seasons ago. At receiver, they have three undrafted players among their top four.

    While one of those is one of the best undrafted players to play offense in the NFL in Rod Smith, Charlie Adams and Todd Devoe are regulars in the rotation after grinding for roster spots.

    These are the Broncos. A gritty, bring-it-on bunch ready to roll up its sleeves and see what happens.



    It goes on to break down the Broncs-Chiefs game, which is also good.
    RIP Darrent Williams

    We'll all miss you

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    Good article, JTR.
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    They're your teammates, now.
    Best of luck, TT!
    ...Always a class act - in any uniform.



    sbutk: i can see why Denver is taking TO's right now [trailing by 7, with 30 seconds left in the half]. but why Oakland???

    Captain Lori: You are trying to figure out the Raiders. Try figuring out women instead; it's probably much easier.

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    • #3
      thanks for the read.
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      • #4
        Thanks.....

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        • #5
          As you have already heard, thanks for bringing this here.
          John 11: 25-27

          My Adopt-A-Bronco is D.J. Williams



          Thanks Snk16

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          • #6
            good post man thanks


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