And it's true that Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Willie Brown once played for the Broncos. But John Elway will be the first player who made his name as a Bronco in Canton. Elway's bronze bust will be unveiled when he is enshrined, but the sculptor who did the clay version recently provided a sneak peek.
"He wanted more of a pleasant look on his face, so I didn't do the eyebrows down," sculptor Blair Buswell said. "It was more of a relaxed pose." Buswell, who has done some 50 Hall of Fame busts, knows how special this one is.
"Everyone knows John. It's a little nerve-wracking trying to get his likeness because everyone will be real critical of it," Buswell said.
Elway will have his oldest daughter present him at the ceremony.
NOTES, QUOTES AND ANECDOTES
--The Broncos may soon have a new owner, at least a new minority owner. A federal judge said Canadian businessman Edgar Kaiser should have the same $15 million buying opportunity that former quarterback John Elway had in 1998 to become a minority owner of the Denver Broncos.
More than four months after a jury determined Kaiser was cheated out of his right to become a team owner, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch offered a "workable remedy" Tuesday to determine how Kaiser should be compensated.
Kaiser, a former Broncos owner who sold a 60 percent interest in the team to Bowlen in 1984 for $65 million, sued Bowlen for breach of contract 15 years later.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"One of things the Hall tells them is this is the only team you can't be cut from or released from or traded from. You're in this group forever now. When they get back from the inductions, it's overwhelming, even guys that were expecting it. Now you're with guys you've always heard about or studied and now you're one of them." - Sculptor Blair Buswell, whose latest creation is John Elway's bust for the Hall of Fame.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
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PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: FB Reuben Droughns; OG Ben Hamilton; TE Patrick Hape; DE Reggie Hayward; CB Kelly Herndon; TE/LS Mike Leach; LB Johnny Rutledge; CB Jimmy Spencer; LB Donnie Spragan; LB Jashon Sykes; CB Scott Turner; LB Al Wilson; S Chris Young.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: CB Champ Bailey; TE Byron Chamberlain; DE Marco Coleman; DT Luther Elliss; OT Cornell Green; RB Garrison Hearst; WR Willie Jackson; DE Raylee Johnson; S John Lynch; QB Mike Quinn; TE O.J. Santiago; CB Reggie Stephens; TE Jed Weaver.
PLAYERS LOST: DE Bert Berry; QB Steve Beuerlein; LB Keith Burns; WR Chris Cole; DT Daryl Gardener; LB Ian Gold; OG Steve Herndon; WR Ed McCaffrey; CB Deltha O'Neal; RB Clinton Portis; OT Ephraim Salaam; TE Shannon Sharpe.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED: WR Triandos Luke.