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Good Morning, Broncos fans! If you read but one football article today in its entirety (you know, aside from this one), we cannot recommend the following one highly enough.

Former longtime AJC reporter Drew Jubera published a book last year about the storied Valdosta High football program, and in a column for the Times, he explains why his long-held resentment toward football coaches was turned completely around by his experience at Valdosta:

The team’s all-American tight end is the son of a former N.F.L. player whose career was cut short by drug addiction. The father later was shot in the head while he was trying to rip off a street dealer for $5 worth of crack. He survived, put his life back together, and showed up to watch practice every day, cane in one hand, determined that his son would not repeat his mistakes.

Those kinds of stories have become a regular part of the human interest features churned out during the buildup to national championship games and Super Bowls.

But for high school coaches in places like Valdosta, where it all begins, those stories are called Monday.

Broncos

Broncos TV and Gray Caldwell examine Denver's top five special teams plays of 2012, a list obviously dominated by Trindon Holliday.

NFL.com's pundits have lofty expectations of the 2013 Broncos, and why shouldn't they?

Old friend Jarious Jackson has retired from a successful CFL career and will become the QB coach for the B.C. Lions.

News

As expected, the Saints hired Rob Ryan to run their defense; there's still a chance Andy Reid hires Brad Childress as an offensive assistant; former Ravens OC Cam Cameron is likely to run the LSU offense under Les Miles.

WR Anquan Boldin claims he'll retire if the Ravens cut him; whatever happens with him, there's plenty of change on the way in Baltimore, given their cap and free agency situation.

Cards DT Darnell Dockett and his ex-FSU teammate Chris Rix had a nasty Twitter exchange after Rix questioned Dockett's sexuality on Jay Mohr's radio show.

The Panthers and Jerry Richardson are about to receive a big chunk of sports welfare, as the Charlotte city council has agreed to fund $144M worth of stadium improvements with a tax hike. At least this isn't as bad as the deal Ralph Wilson and the Bills got, since the Panthers won't be allowed to move out of town for 15 years.

Jameel McClain has joined his fellow Ravens LB Brendon Ayanbadejo as an activist, focusing on trying to prevent bullying.

Analysis

Jim Trotter thinks the Raiders and Reggie McKenzie could trade down from #3 and perhaps deal off Darren McFadden to stockpile picks to rev up the team's rebuilding process.

In Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, Bucky Brooks sees a protypical left tackle who would make sense for the Chiefs and Chargers, among other teams.

Scott Kacsmar studies the drive statistics of rookie QB phenoms Andrew Luck, RG3, and Russell Wilson.

Chase Stuart passes along a pair of HOF candidate-related trivia questions.

Unsilent Majority offers up his always excellent recap of the latest Top Chef episode.

Current and future HOFers Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, and LaDainian Tomlinson have teamed up with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to produce the following PSA, and perhaps all the morons commenting about their own gun rights on the YouTube page need to understand that the message is about illegal guns.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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