Elway's big day arrives

The Denver Broncos long drought without a player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame ends today when quarterback John Elway joins the ranks of those enshrined.

One final drive to glory - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - In a town rich with history, more is being written this weekend. John Elway is becoming the first Denver Bronco inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His oldest child, Jessie, is becoming the first daughter in the Hall of Fame's 41-year history to present her father at his enshrinement ceremony. And Canton, Ohio, is being transformed into Canton, Colo., where orange fills the city streets and the landmark institution for which this day is made.

In Canton, Elway omnipresent - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - This is weirder than a convention of Elvis impersonators. There are flying Elways, baby Elways, fat Elways, tattooed Elways, beer-guzzling, rib-eating Elways, a band of singing Elways, mall-roaming and Hall-circling Elways, a hitchhiking Elway, an Elway in a red-and-white Pro Bowl jersey, elderly women Elways, a float in the parade carrying a dozen Elways, tens of thousands of Elway posters and football cards on sale, Elway puppets and Elway balloons, a gigantic Elway poster hanging from the facade of the stadium, TVs showing Elway's most memorable moments, Elway's likeness on napkins and paper bags, football-tossing Elways from Pennsylvania and Illinois and, literally, thousands of Broncos fanatics from Colorado wearing blue or orange or white jerseys emblazoned on the back with the name "ELWAY."

Playing without the boss - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw has watched Pittsburgh endure what Denver has - losses that follow the loss of a franchise quarterback. To which Bradshaw can only offer this bit of consoling advice: Hard hats are not required, but patience is. "The Broncos aren't rebuilding, they're requarterbacking," said Bradshaw, now an analyst for Fox TV.

Future Hall passes hard to come by - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Not that the media folks in Our Town haven't reminded you a time or two, but John Elway will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today. The best Canton candidate on the current Broncos roster? Tom Nalen belongs there, but, for whatever reason - his total disdain for the media, for one thing - he probably won't make it. That leaves Champ Bailey, the best cornerback in the business, but one who in five seasons has yet to win a playoff game. That doesn't cut it with the Hall voters, who love to overrate players from teams that win Super Bowls.

Lynch, Smith to see Hall ceremony - Denver Post - Chris Dempsey
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Broncos John Lynch and Rod Smith will attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies today in Canton, Ohio - under different invitations but out of the same fondness for a peer. To his surprise, Lynch was invited by former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, who is being honored along with three other players, including former Denver quarterback John Elway. Lynch and Sanders never played on the same team.

Chris Hinton - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Sunday, August 08, 2004 - Denver owes former Pro Bowl offensive tackle Chris Hinton a debt of gratitude. Without him, the Broncos would have had to find another way to trade for quarterback John Elway, who will be inducted today into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Denver dealt Hinton, quarterback Mark Herrmann and its 1984 first-round pick to Baltimore for Elway.

Sharpe in domestic dispute - Denver Post
Saturday, August 07, 2004 - Retired tight end Shannon Sharpe appeared in court Friday in Atlanta on misdemeanor simple battery charges for removing the mother of one of his children from his home. Erika Evans of Austell, Ga., went to Sharpe's Atlanta home June 29 to pick up their son, but at some point during the visit Sharpe lifted Evans and removed her from his house against her will, according to the affidavit for Sharpe's arrest.

Fan: Its just spectacular - Greeley Tribune - Matt Schuman
August 8, 2004 - CANTON, OHIO -- Greeley's Kevin Rohnke wandered around the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday like a kid in a candy store. In many ways, the Greeley Central High School physical education teacher was in awe of all the history of the game that surrounded him. "It is just spectacular," the 33-year-old said. "There are so many old dusty relics of the game that it gives you the shivers." Rohnke is right. The Pro Football Hall of Fame would give any football fan the shivers. From the time you walk in the entrance and see all the history of the game surround you like a quarterback in the huddle, you know you are about to visit something special.

Coming back once again - Mercury News - Bill Briggs
Sun, Aug. 08, 2004 - The legend will outlive us all. John Elway, caked in the dust of landslide losses, slowly rises, spits at his misery and at last savors the rare air of absolute victory. The legend is safe, shatterproof, eternal. The man, well, he is none of those things. The former Denver Broncos superstar has endured a whirlwind tour of personal heartbreak. After going out as a winner, he lost his father, his twin sister, his marriage and, some say, his way.

Special Section: 7 heaven - Rocky Mountain News
Special John Elway section from the Rocky Mountain News

Bronco Notebook - August 8 - Daily Camera
August 8, 2004 - Bronco head coach Mike Shanahan was already in Canton, Ohio, one day before the Hall of Fame ceremony to induct John Elway. Advertisement "I'm interested because John was the best quarterback to play the game," linebacker Al Wilson said. "But I still haven't decided to go to the ceremony." Safety John Lynch will attend on an invitation by Barry Sanders.

Elway set to join elite fraternity - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 8, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — It was a nightmare on Bourbon Street. The ultimate Super Bowl hangover. Much worse than the humiliation Phil Simms and Doug Williams had thrown Denver's way. The Broncos, the best team in the AFC for the third time in four years, were dismantled in Super Bowl XXIV by the San Francisco 49ers, one of the greatest teams in NFL history.

Broncos looking forward to playing against Portis - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Sat, Aug. 07, 2004 - Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan can't wait to see former Broncos running back Clinton Portis on Monday night. "Yeah, we are going to have a beer," Shanahan said with a smile. Portis and the Broncos will be reunited Monday night in Canton, Ohio, when the Washington Redskins, Portis' new team, play the Broncos in the Hall of Fame Game to start the NFL's exhibition season. Portis was traded to the Redskins for cornerback Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick this offseason.

Elway Welcomed to a New Home - DenverBroncos.com - Mike Sarro
Saturday, August 7, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- The land was starting to awake from another night of respite. The morning dew, combined with the first rays of sunshine to touch the land, cast a magical glow over the fields. It was the type of scene we&rsquove witnessed many times, one that brings a sense of peace and relaxation and reminds us of the comforts of home. Though far from the shadows of the Rocky Mountains this feeling grew stronger; even in the heart of what has long been considered enemy territory. On this day, the mood fit the setting, for this was Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the start of a weekend which would see its family grow.

Training Camp Day 10: A Final Tune-Up - DenverBroncos.com - James Merilatt
Saturday, August 7, 2004 - In what amounted to little more than an extended walk-through, the Denver Broncos concluded their final full practice before taking the field on Monday night for the team's preseason opener against the Washington Redskins in Canton, Ohio. Practicing without pads at INVESCO Field at Mile High, the Broncos were on the field for more than two hours on Saturday morning, making sure they would be ready to go for their 2004 opener. "Today was a mental day," explained veteran safety John Lynch. "The young guys are going to play a lot on Monday, so they got most of the reps today."

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