Kudos roll in for Sharpe

Tributes to Denver Broncos tight end Shannon Sharpe rolled in after his announcement that he was retiring from football to accept a broadcast position with CBS. While no one can take his place on the locker room stage, speculation centered on who will take it on the field.

Bronco ends NFL career to catch on at CBS - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - Extended moments of silence - too much for the Broncos' liking - will be observed for the most talkative and productive tight end to run patterns in Denver. Shannon Sharpe's unmistakable voice has been silenced in Denver's locker room but will continue on CBS, where the seven-time Pro Bowl selection will serve as the replacement for Deion Sanders as an analyst for "The NFL Today" show.

Network news: Sharpe the best - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - On a hot July morning in 1997, way back before the Broncos won a Super Bowl, Sharpe got caught with his braggadocio down. Somebody predicted to Sharpe that he would one day be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His jaw fell open. And, for once, no words spilled out.

Money points to tight end Weaver - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - How to find the Broncos' new starting tight end? How else? Follow the money. Free-agent signee Jed Weaver received a three-year deal for almost $3 million. Every other tight end on the roster except Jeb Putzier is on a one-year contract. Said Weaver, when asked if he expected to be No. 1 on the depth chart: "That's the way you have to approach it. You never know what they're thinking upstairs, but they brought me in on a three-year deal, so that's an indication to me that they like what I can do."

Sharpe's successors line up - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - Now that tight end Shannon Sharpe has departed for the big-city lights and the TV cameras, who is going to provide the on-field action for the Broncos in the 2004 season? New Bronco Jed Weaver said he's the man to fill Sharpe's void. Byron Chamberlain, who rejoined the Broncos last week after stints with Minnesota and Washington, had other ideas.

Sharpe's reversal: from Mike to mike - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 18, 2004 - In October 1990, Shannon Sharpe approached Ozzie Newsome following a Monday night game at Mile High Stadium. Newsome's distinguished NFL playing career was winding down; Sharpe's was just beginning. The "Wizard of Oz" and "The Mouth of the South" locked in a handshake. "He came up to me and we exchanged pleasantries," recalled Newsome, now the Baltimore Ravens general manager. "But it was like, 'OK, you're Shannon Sharpe. So?' It was a little different then." No one at the time could have imagined the torch was being passed from one future Hall of Fame tight end to another.

Magazine doesn't give Broncos a good grade - Rocky Mountain News
May 18, 2004 - The Clinton Portis-for-Champ Bailey trade looks like a winner for the Broncos, but overall, Denver's off-season moves have been lousy, according to The Sporting News' annual NFL off-season grades issue. The Broncos were given a D in the May 24 issue, which hits newsstands Wednesday. The Sporting News printed three regional covers, and two of them feature Bailey and Portis.

Sharpe wit lands Shannon TV job - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
May 18, 2004 - Ed McCaffrey, despite not working out in recent weeks, figures to be the most fit person covering the Denver Broncos this fall. Earlier this week, McCaffrey sounded very happy with his decision to retire from the National Football League after a productive but painful career. The popular wide receiver said he will do some radio and television work this fall.

A Timeline: The Career of Shannon Sharpe - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, May 18, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe entered the league as a seventh-round wide receiver from a Division II school. He leaves it as the most prolific pass-catching tight end in football annals. Here's a short summary of how he got there.

Gradishar Visits Troops in Iraq - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro
Monday, May 17, 2004 - Growing up in Champion, Ohio, Randy Gradishar knew his father was a veteran of World War II, but not much beyond that when it came to this aspect of his dad's life. It was not a topic that was discussed among the family and Randy never took the opportunity to ask him about it.

NFL Europe Week 7 Recap - DenverBroncos.com
Monday, May 17, 2004 - In Week 7 of NFL Europe, Hayden Epstein and the Berlin Thunder moved to 6-1 and clinched a World Bowl berth with their 33-20 win over the Rhein Fire. The Frankfurt Galaxy kept pace with the Thunder at 6-1 also as they took a 27-24 win over the Scottish Claymores despite a 2-yard touchdown run by Ahmaad Galloway, the running back's first touchdown of the year. Clint Mitchell chipped in with a sack and helped his Amsterdam club defeat the Cologne Centurions to improve to 3-4 with three games remaining.

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