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    I just read a blog posted by Champ on Saturday and can I just say that not only is he an incredible writer he expressed such a wonderful and universal feeling about Darrent and death. I have read and listened to a great deal this past week and I think his words best express this past week and our future as Broncos and Bronco fans!

    Great job Champ.

    PS If anyone can figure out how to attach it to this thread, please do so.

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    Wow !

    « Remembering a Shining Light: Darrent WilliamsBailey the Broncos’ Lone All-Pro »Bidding Farewell to a Friend of Many
    When someone who never considered any other soul a stranger passes from this earth, the number of friends we realize he possessed is beyond measurement.

    Darrent Williams was remembered at a funeral service in the sprawling North Texas metropolis of Fort Worth on Saturday afternoon, and there was not an empty seat to be found at the 2,300-seat Great Commission Baptist Church for a ceremony that was truly a celebration of life — not only of that of the little cornerback with a massive heart, but life in general.

    In the funeral program and throughout the two-and-a-half hour service, he was often referred to simply as “D-Will.” So I’m not going to follow standard convention and write “Williams” on every reference that follows. “D-Will” is how so many of his family and friends addressed him. It is how I often addressed him. A nickname is always a little more lively than one’s given name; that made it so appropriate for someone whose cup runneth over with a joie de vivre the likes of which I have rarely witnessed. Fortunately, thousands did witness it, as evidenced by the throng that packed every nook and cranny of the church’s bulbous sanctuary.

    Funeral services are for the living, but are about the departed. These ritualistic gatherings are about helping and soothing the pain of those left behind. Whether that is the case with each such service is a question that can only be answered one by one by each individual in attendance; grieving is a process common to us all, but its form is unique to every one of us.

    Therefore, I can only write for myself, and I can only write this:

    When I sat down after walking past the open casket, I was barely able to contain a geyser of tears within my closed eyes. Funerals always do this to me. The week had been so hectic, there was scant opportunity to pause, reflect, get beyond the numbness that many of us with the Broncos felt and absorb the reality that D-Will would never dominate the conversation in his corner of the locker room once again — a reality that dropped like an anvil as the procession of Broncos paid their respects.

    But as the stories were told, Scripture cited and the tributes relayed, a smile began to cross my face and warm feelings began to flood my mind.

    Indeed, we were blessed to have D-Will in our midst for just over 21 months — a short time which each of us who float in the Broncos’ midst will certainly recall with fondness for the smiles he spawned, the laughter he shared and, of course, the plays he made on the field. He had the normal ups and downs that any young player experiences, but with eight interceptions in two years and a place on the first team of a club that won 22 of 32 games in two seasons, he certainly proved that he belonged in a league where the vast majority of cornerbacks were bigger and stronger than him.



    As I write this, I sit 35,000 feet above the Texas panhandle, in the rear of the team plane. The smiles that were absent from these faces on the journey to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport this morning seem to be slowly returning. Now, I’m not saying that we were collectively uplifted enough to allow this 767 to fly home without cutting on its engines. But today, each of us privileged enough to share in the celebration of D-Will’s life left feeling at least a smidgen better through our collective grief about what he brought into our worlds.

    It somehow seemed appropriate, then, that as we emerged from the church and trudged to the waiting buses earlier this afternoon, the sun finally pierced what seemed to be an impenetrable blanket of gray clouds. It was brief, but sufficient enough to remind all in attendance that somewhere in the great beyond, D-Will is still there, and always will be, whenever one is in need of a little boost or a random smile — the kind that he gave us so often.

    Darrent Williams, 1982-2007.

    D-Will, forever.

    Rest in peace, and thank you for crossing our path.

    http://blog.denverbroncos.com/mason/...riend-of-many/

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    • #3
      Wonderful - thank you!

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      • #4
        Shanahan said that Champ doesn't talk that much, but the man sure can write. That was a beautiful tribute to his friend.


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        • #5
          Oh, that was excellent and thanks for posting. Champ just put into words what a lot of us are thinking. He really can write, that's for sure.
          ~~*Jeni*~~

          In Loving Memory of Darrent Williams ~~ 1982 -- 2007

          In Loving Memory of Bobby Hamilton Sr. ~~ 1957 -- 2007

          Thanks for all you've done for the Steelers Coach Cowher...

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          • #6
            how do we know this was written by champ? It doesn't say that it was anywhere...
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            • #7
              Thank you for posting.

              Champ is a GREAT person, as well as a GREAT player


              Thanks to Bronco4Life and Medford Bronco for signature

              Rest in Peace - Darrent (27) and Damien (29

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              • #8
                This was written by Andrew Mason, the managing editor for the Broncos News staff... It has nothing to do with Champ Bailey.

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                • #9
                  Wonderful piece of writing.
                  MMA News
                  MMA News 247

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Buff_bronc_fan
                    This was written by Andrew Mason, the managing editor for the Broncos News staff... It has nothing to do with Champ Bailey.
                    thank you.
                    i thought i was going crazy
                    I dont know why all these people think that champ wrote it.
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                    • #11
                      Whoever wrote it, it was written very well.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Buff_bronc_fan
                        This was written by Andrew Mason, the managing editor for the Broncos News staff... It has nothing to do with Champ Bailey.
                        My apologies to Mr. Mason, fine piece of writing. But I am sure Champ just like all of us felt the same way. It is misleading because there is link to a blog on Champ.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Prodigal19
                          thank you.
                          i thought i was going crazy
                          I dont know why all these people think that champ wrote it.
                          hehehe i know what you mean. I was reading it and wondering where champ started writing
                          "I don't think it's 'Tebow Time'; I just think it's 'Bronco Time"
                          Tim Tebow

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                          • #14
                            That was real nice.

                            Champ seems very educated and I look up to him for that.
                            The NFL being played overseas is a terrible idea.

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                            • #15
                              It doesn't matter who wrote it, it was an excellent piece of writing. I could not imagine how devastating it would be to lose a teammate or friend the way that Darrent did die. Bronco Nation misses Darrent and so does the NFL.
                              Last edited by lsfii2; 01-09-2007, 05:18 PM.
                              RIP Darrent Williams
                              Heaven Gained A Shutdown Corner

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