Story links for Monday, June 9

Jake Plummer, Shannon Sharpe and the Broncos Fan Fair are in the news in today's story links.

Secondary shows first-rate initiative - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
June 9, 2003 - Critics might say it was only one practice. But practice or not, it was hard to ignore. There was Deltha O'Neal jumping a route and taking the interception back the other way for six points. Then he did it again, scoring a rare pick off veteran Steve Beuerlein. After that, it was Kelly Herndon's turn.

Plummer dials in - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, June 08, 2003 - Come the dog days of training camp in late July, or the cold gray days of December, the moment will be long forgotten. But it was a start. On the top of the to-do list for new Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer, right: Make a connection with his receivers, including Rod Smith (80), so they can hook up on big plays. It happened Friday morning during a goal-line drill at the Broncos' minicamp. New quarterback Jake Plummer took a quick drop, briefly scanned the field, then ... zip! The ball spiraled into tight end Shannon Sharpe's hands just as he entered the end zone.

New quarterback big hit at Fan Fair - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Sunday, June 08, 2003 - Denver native Richard Hermosillo stood patiently in line, waiting to get his picture taken with new Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer. Hermosillo came well-prepared. He wore a white Broncos No. 16 jersey with "Plummer" stitched on the back. The jersey was a gift for Hermosillo's 25th birthday.

Sunday update: Sykes 'hungry' to prove himself - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 8, 2003 - Let's start with the neck. It's fine. Has been for well over a year now. Jashon Sykes' injury at Colorado — the one that limited him to cheerleader on the 2001 Big 12 title team and kept his name from being called during the 2002 draft — had nothing to do with the one-year stint in the Denver Broncos' witness protection program, officially known as the practice squad.

Private Griese like an enigma - Miami Herald - Jason Cole
Sun, Jun. 08, 2003 - The images are hard to reconcile. There is Judi's House, the home Brian Griese built in Denver for grieving children. It is named after his mother, who died of cancer in 1988. Griese opened it after last season, even after it was known he was no longer going to be the Broncos' quarterback.

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