Record attendance in store for HOF

The largest crowd in Pro Football Hall of Fame history will be on hand when the Denver Broncos' John Elway is enshrined. Officials credit Elway's appearance in large part for the attendance. In other news today, former Broncos' defensive lineman Daryl Gardener may be forced to retire.

Santonio Beard: Back on the Right Track - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, July 6, 2004 - There is one Nashville that the world knows. It is the booming, cosmopolitan Southern metropolis known as a regional center of finance and the global hub of country and contemporary Christian music, with sounds from the city spreading via CD to distant corners of the world. Then there is the Nashville with which Broncos running back Santonio Beard became intimately acquainted during his childhood days -- the Nashville outsiders never see.

A coach's journey - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - For some alumni of Granada Hills (Calif.) High School, John Elway's greatest comeback has nothing to do with a touchdown pass on a winter day in Cleveland. It has everything to do with Jack Neumeier's drive against cancer. Neumeier's will and desire to see his former quarterback inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio, has given him a day to live for.

Record crowd awaits Elway's enshrinement - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, July 06, 2004 - On the football field, John Elway always had a flair for the dramatic. Why should his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame be any different? When the former Broncos quarterback takes to the podium Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio, he will look out into a sold-out sea of 23,000 faces. It will be the biggest crowd to witness a Hall of Fame induction.

Adams: Shanahan eyes century marks - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
July 6, 2004 - The Denver Broncos are just a few weeks away from the start of training camp, so I decided to take an early peek at the team's 2004 media guide. Some things about coach Mike Shanahan caught my attention. The Broncos' first regular-season win of the 2004 season will be Shanahan's 100th (in regular-season games) as an NFL coach. He has won 91 regular-season games in Denver, and even though he loathes the subject, Shanahan won eight games as coach of the Los Angeles Raiders.

Bad back to force Gardener to retire - Washington Times - Jody Foldesy
Monday, July 05, 2004 - Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener, who revived his career with the Washington Redskins just 11/2 years ago, is almost certain to retire in coming months because of the degenerative condition in his back, a source familiar with the situation said yesterday. Gardener flourished in Washington in 2002 under defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, elevating the defense and earning the club's player of the year award. But he never settled in with the Denver Broncos after signing a six-year, $33 million contract and apparently won't get another chance.

Monday, July 05, 2004 Language class connects stadium team - Denver Post - Lyn Alwei
Monday, July 05, 2004 - Instructor E.J. Yoder points out part of a textbook to Rosalba Quintero, right, and Jackie Collins during a language class at Invesco Field at Mile High for stadium workers. "Before we had this barrier. We just couldn't communicate," said Broncos turf manager Ross Kurcab. "Now we talk."Spanish- and English-speaking workers at Invesco Field at Mile High are learning to communicate with each other and serve the public better in dual-language classes offered by Metropolitan State College of Denver. The classes, taught in the visitors' locker room at Invesco Field, have debuted this summer.

NFL tug-of-war over revenue - USA Today - Jarrett Bell
7/5/2004 - Howard maintains that at least six teams are at a "significant disadvantage because of their venues" and several others have trouble keeping pace with richer teams. He says the Denver Broncos' annual operating income, boosted by a new stadium, is at least $60 million more than that of the AFC West rival Oakland Raiders.

Vice President of Ticket Operations/Business Development Rick Nichols Answers Your Questions - DenverBroncos.com
Friday, July 2, 2004 - You might not think overseeing ticket operations for a team that has sold out every home game since 1970 would be too tough. But when your tenure includes trips to two Super Bowls plus moving more than 23,000 season ticket account holders to a brand new stadium like Rick Nichols has, you've seen plenty of challenges. This week you had the chance to ask about the team's ticket situation and policies with the Broncos Vice President of Ticket Operations/Business Development.

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