July 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Thursday signed first-round draft pick tackle George Foster, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced. Foster is the last of the Broncos' 10 selections in last April's NFL Draft to sign with the team.
Foster, 6-5, 338 pounds, was the team's first-round pick (20th overall), after playing in 43 career games at Georgia and making 10 starts. Foster saw his senior season hindered after suffering a right wrist injury in a car accident in August 2002, but returned to the lineup for the final nine games of the season. As a junior, Foster started the final eight games of the season at left offensive tackle, including the Music City Bowl vs. Boston College.
An AAAA All-State first-team selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Georgia Sports Writers Association, Foster attended Southeast (Macon, Ga.) High School. He was named to the Super Southern 100 and Top 50 in Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Macon Telegraph's "Sweet 16." An all-city pick in his junior and senior seasons, Foster also earned all-Middle Georgia honors as a senior by the Macon Telegraph. He was the Most Valuable Team Lineman his junior and senior seasons, and named a team captain his senior season.
Foster was born June 9, 1980, in Macon, Ga.
BRONCOS SIGN FOUR DRAFT CHOICES AND FREE AGENT WR HODGE
July 24, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Thursday signed four draft choices including linebacker Terry Pierce, running back Quentin Griffin, defensive end Aaron Hunt and running back Ahmaad Galloway -- the first, second, fourth, sixth and seventh picks in this past April's NFL Draft. The Broncos have also signed free agent WR Damon Hodge.
Pierce, 6-1, 251 pounds, was the Broncos' second-round draft pick (51st overall). As a three-year starter at Kansas State, he started 29 of 35 games, recording 216 tackles (145 solo) with eight sacks for -49 yards, 33 stops for losses of 103 yards, one interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and 10 deflected passes in 35 career games. Pierce earned All-American second-team honors, and was an All-Big 12 Conference first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report. Pierce was a pre-law major at Kansas State and hopes to one day attend law school. Terry DeWayne Pierce was born on June 21, 1981 in Fort Worth, Texas.
Griffin, 5-7, 195 pounds, was selected by the Broncos' as their fourth-round pick (108th overall) from Oklahoma. As a three-year starter for the Sooners, Griffin rushed for 3,756 yards (5.4 avg.) on 702 carries and 44 touchdowns during his career. He also caught 146 passes for 1,217 yards and six touchdowns. His 4,973 all-purpose yards rank second on Oklahoma's career record. Quentin LaVell Griffin was born January 12, 1981 in Houston, Texas.
Hunt, 6-3, 270 pounds, was selected by the Broncos as their sixth-round pick (194th overall) from Texas Tech. As a four-year letterman for the Red Raiders, Hunt recorded 192 tackles (121 solo), 25 sacks (minus-150 yards), eight passes defensed, seven forced fumbles and scored two touchdowns. In the first game of Hunt's senior season, he recorded three sacks and became the Red Raiders all-time leader in sacks, passing the mark set by former Broncos defensive tackle Montae Reagor. In addition, he set the Big 12 record for career sacks. Hunt graduated in May 2002 with a degree in communications. Aaron Hunt was born on June 19, 1980 in Denison, Texas.
Galloway, 5-11, 223 pounds, was selected as the second of two seventh round Denver picks (235th overall) in the 2003 NFL draft. Before suffering a severe knee injury in his senior season, Galloway finished his career with 1,830 yards on 376 carries (4.9 avg) and 17 touchdowns. Galloway was an English major at Alabama, earning Southeastern Conference academic accolades in 2000 and 2001. Born Ahmaad Yaqui Galloway on March 10, 1980, he resides in Millington, Tennessee.
In another move today, the Broncos signed free agent WR Damon Hodge. Hodge, 6-1, 208 pounds signed with the Dallas Cowboys in April 200 as a rookie free agent. Signed to the Cowboys practice squad, he was then moved to the active roster in October. Collecting four receptions for 60 yards and a special teams tackle he re-signed with the Cowboys in March 2001, but was released in September. Hodge was then picked up by the Seattle Seahawks in January 2002 and released in September 2002.
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