Broncos News Reports - Thursday, February 12

Read the latest news reports concerning the Denver Broncos, including the latest from the ownership trial as Pat Bowlen concludes his testimony.

Byers big on letting NFL wait - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Thursday, February 12, 2004 - He isn't just the best center in the country, or the best offensive lineman. No, ask the people who would know and they'll tell you Jeff Byers is the best player in the country. If anyone fits the profile of a high school kid who could jump straight to the NFL - fair game now that a judge has ruled for the plaintiff in Maurice Clarett vs. the NFL - it's Byers. At 6-feet-4 and 285 pounds, he's already bigger than Broncos center Tom Nalen, arguably the best in the business. Bowlen: Family's backing no secret - Denver Post - Kris Hudson
Thursday, February 12, 2004 - Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen got to play offense on Wednesday under questioning from his own lawyers. Bowlen testified in U.S. District Court that former team owner Edgar Kaiser and his representatives knew in 1984 that Bowlen's family might back him in the $50 million purchase of the Denver NFL franchise.

Clarett clears another hurdle on way to draft - Rocky Mountain News - Associated Press
February 12, 2004 - NEW YORK - Maurice Clarett is ready to enter the NFL draft, clearing another legal obstacle Wednesday when a federal judge rejected the league's request to suspend her ruling. U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin concluded the Ohio State running back could face "very detrimental" harm if excluded from the draft. She said the NFL would not be irreparably harmed if Clarett and other underclassmen are eligible.

Gillett declined to buy Broncos over debt - Rocky Mountain News - Karen Abbott
February 12, 2004 - Sports magnate George Gillett wanted to buy the Denver Broncos in 1982 but was disappointed to learn the team was a financial loser. Reluctantly, Gillett backed out of buying a majority stake in the Broncos from Edgar Kaiser for $54 million, he testified Wednesday in federal court.

Giving ‘Til it Hurts - - James Merilatt
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 - At first glance, it looked like a wicked spill. One second, she was upright, barreling down the slopes in a mad dash toward the finish line. The next, she was a cloud of snow, careening toward danger in an out-of-control tumble. It's safe to say that this scene wasn&rsquot exactly the fantastic finish Cat Williams, a Denver Broncos Cheerleader, had envisioned. A strong competitor and an outstanding skier, she had high expectations for her performance. In the blink of an eye, however, those plans went by the wayside.

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