Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Although camp has kicked off, this week continues to be all about the great Pat Bowlen.
As tends to happen in times like this, words of tribute and appreciation have come from all over.
But it's Bowlen's former players who have offered the most poignant comments.
In a moving column from Terry Frei, Broncos greats Shannon Sharpe, Terrell Davis, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater, and Alfred Williams discuss their love for Mr. B and the pain of seeing him in a lessened state.
Says Big Play Shay,
I think he knew when I was going to be working out in the weight room because he was always coming down. He'd get on the treadmill or the elliptical or get on the bike. From about '93 until I walked out of there, he was always challenging me. He could run longer than I could on the treadmill, he could put up better numbers on the bike than I could, and we were always going back and forth.
T.J. Ward and his fellow defensive players continue to talk tough.
Troy Renck says undrafted running back Brennan Clay has been among the early standouts.
The Broncos are continuing to make ball security a focus this summer.
Mark Kiszla says the pressure is on John Fox to deliver another SB title to Denver.
Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch is holding out, but Houston wideout Andre Johnson reported to camp; Cleveland wideout Josh Gordon checked himself into rehab; Knowshon Moreno is on Miami's PUP list, at least temporarily.
Baltimore corner Aaron Ross is done for the season after he tore his Achilles tendon while taking a conditioning test; to replace him, the team added former Giants safety Will Hill, who is serving a six-game suspension.
Doug Farrar includes Aqib Talib (#4), Chris Harris (#8), and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (#9) among his top ten cornerbacks.
No Broncos are on Bill Barnwell's list of the league's worst contracts, which is a well deserved testament to the job done by John Elway and Mike Sullivan.
Matt Bowen offers a primer on man pressure schemes.
David Rappoccio explains how to draw Jay Cutler, if you carrrrreeeeee.
Minnesota ST coach Mike Priefer apologized; not for being a homophobic bigot, but for verbalizing it.
Laudably, David Tyree is apparently evolving from the outspoken homophobe he showed himself to be not that long ago. Tyree tells Wade Davis that he'd "absolutely support any player on the Giants who identified as gay, in any way I could."
As Aaron Gordon sees it, so-called "distractions" in sports amount to nothing to on-field results, and really only impact us fans.
No Females League
Incredibly, Ray Rice's two-game suspension includes a fine that only really amounts to one-fourth of a single game check.
Jason Lisk chronicles the suspensions handed down during Roger Goodell's tenure.