June 4, 2004 - The sun barely had risen above the horizon Thursday when Shannon Sharpe arrived for his morning workout at Dove Valley. Nothing unusual there: Sharpe has been pumping iron at the Denver Broncos training facility for 12 of the past 14 years, often at daybreak. But this time, he did so as a former NFL player.
Lincicome: Low-key goodbye a Sharpe contrast - Rocky Mountain News - Bernie Lincicome
June 4, 2004 - Surely Shannon Sharpe deserved a bigger goodbye. He is, after all, and according to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, the greatest tight end to ever play football, when what we can be sure of is that he is the latest. But like Ed McCaffrey before him, like Rod Smith ahead of him, like Terrell Davis should have had, another great Bronco took his moment, not as elaborate as the John Elway farewell was, but then, the pile of Super Bowl Broncos gets larger and more distant.
Denver tops Ravens in Sharpe's opinion - DenverPost.com - Patrick Saunders
Friday, June 04, 2004 - John Elway's 1997 Broncos would beat Ray Lewis' 2000 Baltimore Ravens. That's the opinion expressed by Shannon Sharpe, who won Super Bowls with both teams. During his retirement news conference Thursday, Sharpe was asked who was the greater player, Elway or Lewis?
Big mouths - DenverPost.com - Patrick Saunders
Friday, June 04, 2004 - King Shannon, the Broncos' mouth from the South, held court at Dove Valley for the final time Thursday. In a retirement ceremony that was solemn, funny and engaging, Shannon Sharpe, the most prolific pass-catching tight end in NFL history, couldn't resist another opportunity to exercise his jaw. In keeping with his nature, the loquacious one had plenty to say, including explaining why he talks so loud and proud.
Sharpe goes out talking - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
June 4, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe is as comfortable talking to a room full of reporters with the cameras rolling as he is talking trash with teammates in a closed locker room. Which is why most people in the football world, including Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, believe Sharpe will enjoy a smooth transition from the field to the television studio this fall.
Sharpe Bids Farewell - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Thursday, June 3, 2004 - Old habits are hard to break. When Shannon Sharpe returned to Dove Valley for his final press conference before joining the media masses, he didn't address the gathered throng until 2 p.m. But he was in the building nearly eight hours earlier, pushing himself in the weight room just as he did morning upon morning for 14 years. Sharpe may be retiring. But he certainly isn't the retiring type.
Broncos' Sharpe says goodbye - DenverPost.com
Thursday, June 03, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe said today there was no doubt in his mind at the end of last season that he'd return to play for the Denver Broncos another year. But at his last news conference at Broncos headquarters this afternoon, Sharpe said Denver will always be home - even though there's been a change of plans.
Shannon Sharpe Makes Retirement Official - The Mercury News
Thu, Jun. 03, 2004 - Shannon Sharpe always had something to say during a record-setting NFL career that spanned 14 seasons. He wasn't about to clam up Thursday when he formally announced his retirement. "I've always liked to talk and it's who I am," said Sharpe, who is leaving the Denver Broncos to become a member "The NFL Today" show on CBS. "I've always had something to say and knew what I was talking about."
Broncos give official goodbye to Sharpe - The Mercury News - Frank Schwab, Colorado Springs Gazette
Thu, Jun. 03, 2004 - When Shannon Sharpe decided to retire and be a television broadcaster, the on-the-field loss for the Denver Broncos was substantial. But Thursday's press conference at the Broncos' Dove Valley headquarters, Sharpe's official farewell, was more about what the Broncos will lose as an organization without Sharpe around anymore. "He was the conscience of this football team," Broncos president and CEO Pat Bowlen said. "He was the guy that I think had the most influence in many ways of the way we acted and what we did, in times when good things were happening and times of turmoil.
For Defense, Chemistry Comes Quickly - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 - When the Broncos convened for mini-camp last month, one of the league's top defenses from 2003 bore a dramatically different look in 2004, with newcomers Champ Bailey, Luther Elliss, John Lynch and D.J. Williams working their way into the first team on a regular basis. But through a month of workouts and drills left defenders like Lynch, Bailey and six-season veteran Al Wilson raving about the cohesion and chemistry the defense has achieved during the organized team activities and the offseason conditioning sessions. The team began its voluntary team camp Wednesday, with three sessions this week and three more the next.
Follow the Leaders - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, June 2, 2004 - John Lynch was one of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' defensive captains during the defense's stellar run of recent years. Al Wilson has assumed the same role in Denver during the past two years. To some, the presence of Lynch and Wilson in the same huddle might represent an overabundance of leadership that could cause on-field friction. But for Lynch and Wilson, there is no such thing as too much leadership, and the two are hardly butting heads.
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