Aug. 5, 2003 - The Denver Broncos Tuesday agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Ben Kelly, and waived wide receiver Darcey Levy, Head Coach Mike Shanahan announced.
Kelly, 5-9, 185 pounds, joins the Broncos after being released by New England Aug. 1. He played two seasons with the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from Miami on Nov. 2, 2001. Originally drafted by the Dolphins in the third round (84th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, he spent the majority of that season on injured reserve. The next year, he was released by Miami on Nov. 1, 2001. He has played in 13 career games, mostly on special teams, where he has returned seven kickoffs for 123 yards (17.6 avg.).
Playing three years at Colorado (1997-99), Kelly finished his career with 132 tackles, 11 interceptions, 34 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries, including two for touchdowns. He returned 39 punts for an average of 10.1 yards and two touchdowns, while fielding 64 kickoff returns for a 28.1 yard average and three touchdowns. His kickoff return average ranks second on the NCAA Division I-A career list, while his 1,798 career kickoff return yards are a Buffaloes record.
Benjamin Oliver Kelly was born on Sept. 15, 1978 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was named a first-team all-state and All-North Coast League selection in football as both a junior and senior at Mentor Lake (Ohio) Catholic High School. He also lettered four times in basketball and in track. Levy signed with the Broncos on May 16 after a brief stint in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals. He originally signed with the Cincinnati Bengals on April 23, 2002 before being released. Levy then was signed to Pittsburgh's practice squad where he spent the remainder of the 2002 season.
Kelly latest ex-Buff to help - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - The Broncos have spent their first 10 days of training camp rounding up Buffaloes. Former ones, at least. One week after signing former University of Colorado defensive tackle Darius Holland, the Broncos signed former CU cornerback Ben Kelly. Kelly will join the Broncos in Houston and begin his bid to win a roster spot.
Super Bowl fever heats up Houston - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - The Broncos' first touchdown of the season came in the same city where they hope to score their last.
Broncos tickets a bust at $999 apiece - Denver Post - Sean Kelly
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - They certainly would be the most expensive seats in the house. Football fans looking to buy Denver Broncos tickets online through Ticketmaster.com this week were offered "Special Half-Price Tickets" for $999 each - plus an $8.10 convenience charge.
Receivers stay neck and neck - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Wednesday, August 06, 2003 - It remains the great mystery of Broncos training camp, and it doesn't appear it will be solved anytime soon.
Broncos' pre-show hits the road - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 6, 2003 - In a roundabout way, the Denver Broncos' excursion to the Lone Star State this week is a culmination of a seven-year, home-and-away set. In 1996, then-Carolina Panthers coach Dom Capers took his second-year expansion team to the Broncos' former training-camp home in Greeley for a series of workouts leading up to the teams' first exhibition game.
Broncos' safeties corps has a Tech flavor - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 6, 2003 - The Broncos of the late '80s featured the Three Amigos. Well, get ready for the Tech Trio.
Lepsis' status for Houston trip uncertain - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney
August 6, 2003 - One day after starting right tackle Matt Lepsis was carted off the field because of an injured right ankle, the Denver Broncos coaching staff received an optimistic appraisal from the team's medical personnel. But they received a less optimistic review from Lepsis himself.
Broncos camp report, August 6 - Rocky Mountain News - Pat Rooney and Lee Rasizer
August 6, 2003 - The Broncos will participate in the first of three practices in Houston with the Texans. The workouts are a precursor to Denver's preseason opener Saturday against the Texans.
Roster of lesser-known Broncos headed to Texas - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn,
August 6, 2003 - When Jake Plummer was introduced as the Broncos new quarterback in March, he was looking most forward to working with the big-name Denver players he had admired from the desert. Rod. Ed. Shannon. Clinton. But now, five months and several key injuries later, it's time for Plummer and everyone else to get familiar with some less-recognizable talents on which the team will be counting.
Broncos sign former Buff Kelly - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 6, 2003 - The Broncos, always searching for depth, have once again tapped the rich well of Colorado players in the NFL. Denver signed former Buffs cornerback/kick return guru Ben Kelly on Tuesday before the team departed for Houston, where it will begin practicing against the Texans today.
Berry's Happy Houston Homecoming - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Aug. 5, 2003 - Growing up in one of Houston's suburbs, Bertrand Berry lived and died with the Oilers, particularly with their dominating running back, future Hall of Famer Earl Campbell. It was his love of the team and the player that spurred him into the sport in the first place.