Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - After Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway was cheered for the first time in Ohio, he called an audible on the most famous quote in Broncos history. "Six years ago, a great thing happened in my life," Elway told a record crowd of 21,900 gathered Sunday at Canton's Fawcett Stadium and thousands, if not millions, more watching on national television. "The Broncos finally won a Super Bowl. And after that game, on that field, I kept saying to myself and asking myself, 'We actually won a Super Bowl?'
QB legend takes place among best - Denver Post - Woody Paige
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - The Broncos and John Elway both were born in the summer of 1960. Finally, at long last, after all that, 44 summers later, the doors of the Pro Football Hall of Fame swung wide open to welcome the man, the team, the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and all of the Rocky Mountains. Canton was a Mile High on Sunday afternoon. Paint this town Orange.
Fans flock to enshrinement - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - An orange and blue tidal wave swamped the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday. No. 7 got caught up in it, literally and figuratively. "I've said it many times before: Broncos fans will never cease to amaze me," John Elway said a couple of hours before his induction speech. "I mean, we even had a tough time getting up the road in our van."
Seven views of No. 7 - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Inspiration came easily with one look around Fawcett Stadium, located up the hill from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Everywhere you looked Sunday, there were orange jerseys bearing the number 7. And no, they weren't wearing them to honor Craig Morton.
Elway, Reeves share praise - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Dan Reeves was a proud coach Sunday afternoon as he watched quarterback John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The famous feud that rocked Colorado toward the end of Reeves' tenure as Broncos coach seemed to be forgotten.
Prep coach savors moment - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - The gang from Granada Hills High School posed for a picture Saturday night before the swanky chamber of commerce dinner at the Canton Civic Center. Smack in the middle was 86-year-old Jack Neumeier. The man who coached John Elway in high school in California and first harnessed the power of Elway's right arm had beaten back cancer and made it to the Hall of Fame.
Atwater skips prep reunion for "chance of a lifetime" - Denver Post
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Former Broncos safety Steve Atwater wanted to attend his 20-year high school reunion this weekend. But when John Elway's Hall of Fame induction ceremony fell on the same weekend, Atwater scrapped his high school reunion for the Broncos one instead. "This is the chance of a lifetime," said Atwater, now a Realtor in Atlanta.
John Elway's induction speech - Denver Post
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Text of John Elway's induction speech at Hall of Fame ceremony.
Jessie Elway's speech - Denver Post
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Text of the introduction Jessie Elway gave for her father, John Elway, at Sunday's Hall of Fame ceremony.
Bailey, Portis happy about uniform swap - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - As they will in tonight's Hall of Fame game, cornerback Champ Bailey and running back Clinton Portis ran into each other twice this offseason - once in Washington, D.C., the next time in Tallahassee, Fla. Both unanticipated meetings occurred after the first NFL trade exchanging players coming off Pro Bowl seasons since 1973, when the San Diego Chargers dealt quarterback John Hadl to the Los Angeles Rams for defensive tackle Coy Bacon.
Bowlen sees Bucs grabbing Brown - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Monday, August 09, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Early indications are former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown will be wearing pewter, not orange. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have more of a playing opportunity to offer Brown than the Broncos, though the Bucs are salary cap-strapped.
Final Drive to destiny - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - With a sea of blue and orange stretched before him and 16 years worth of memories piled up inside, John Elway produced one final dramatic ending. It was only fitting that it came by way of that golden arm, and in a region where his legend was solidified. "Here's one final Mile High salute for everybody out there," Elway said Sunday in wrapping up his Hall of Fame induction speech. Denver Broncos fans, 17,000 strong by some estimates, saluted right back, further evidence that this incredible love affair had reached a new height.
Elway's fans most numerous - Rocky Mountain News - JLynn DeBruin and Lee Rasizer
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - They came from Colorado Springs, Westminster and Grand Junction, flew in from Montana to Florida. They were dressed in everything from orange wigs to blue capes, or in Dewey Reese's case, a goatee painted half and half. "Orange and blue, man, orange and blue. It's the greatest thing ever," said Reese, who grew up in Denver but lives in Akron, Ohio. "I've been waiting for this for so long." He wasn't alone.
Jessie shows she is a winner, too - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - Cool under fire described her Hall of Fame father, who 17 years ago calmly stepped into the huddle on the 2-yard line in the AFC Championship Game. As Jessie Elway showed Sunday, she got more than her blond hair and bright smile from dad. Though her heart was racing and fears building as she stepped to the microphone to introduce dad, her 3-minute speech proved one of the highlights of Sunday's festivities. It helped that dad leaned over with a little fatherly advice.
Krieger: Orange Crush pilgrims trek to Canton - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - If the former Mile High Stadium parking lot is where Broncomaniacs gather to worship, this is the Vatican. Or, you know, the equivalent in the denomination of your choice. You might have thought John Elway was the star of Sunday's show, but even he paid tribute to the people who turned it into a revival meeting and raised him to something approaching a deity - a ridiculous notion if you think of sports as fun and games, but not if you think of them as America's new religion.
Saunders: Madden on trade: Slight edge to Skins - Rocky Mountain News - Dusty Saunders
August 9, 2004 - So who got the best of the high-profile trade: the Broncos or the Redskins? John Madden probably will debate that question tonight when he and Al Michaels cover the Hall of Fame Game between Denver and Washington. Contacted by phone last week as his van was en route to Canton, Ohio, Madden leaned a bit toward the Redskins, calling Clinton Portis "one of the best - and at times the best" - running back in the NFL. But Madden quickly followed with praise for Champ Bailey, now a key figure in the Broncos defensive scheme.
For boy, Hall of Fame inspired - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 9, 2004 - The dream came early, if seemingly contradictory, to Kelly Herndon. Some day, if everything fell just right, maybe one day he could become a bust. He was wearing a different uniform, not the Denver Broncos colors he sports now, when those images first fluttered into his mind. He wasn't even playing cornerback then. Offense fascinated him in the mid-1980s. Defense merely was a means to stay on the field. They would let you participate in both in middle school. And in those days, the Dodge Tigers needed him to linger on the field.
Elway-Reeves rift healed - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - Near the end of his induction speech Sunday, John Elway described himself in these terms: "I didn't always succeed, but I persevered," he said. Similar words might be used about his relationship with Dan Reeves, who coached him for 10 seasons from 1983-92. Things didn't always go swimmingly, but eventually the two would learn to see eye to eye and allow the esteem they had for one another to bubble to the surface.
Broncos ready for 'Skins, Portis - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — Mike Shanahan was asked if he was looking forward to seeing Clinton Portis tonight. "Yeah," Denver's head coach said with a crooked face. "We are going to have a beer." If that were true, Portis would be buying. During the offseason, the brash, young running back was traded to Washington for Champ Bailey and a second-round draft pick after making noise about his original contract, which had two years remaining. The Redskins signed Portis to an eight-year, $50.5 million deal that included an $11.5 million guranteed signing bonus.
Newest Redskin has them laughing - Daily Camera
August 9, 2004 - ASHBURN, Va. — It hasn't taken former Denver Bronco Clinton Portis long to make a name with his new Washington Redskins teammates. "I'm not going to be like everyone else," the Washington Redskins running back said. "I'm having a sense of humor, not caring what people think. I'm going to wear whatever I feel comfortable wearing. If I want to put on yellow that day, if I want to put on pink, if I want to put on lime green, I'm going to put it on and not feel bothered by it."
Elway campaigns for Reeves, Shanahan - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, OHIO — John Elway's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday was important enough to get Pat Bowlen, Mike Shanahan and Dan Reeves all smiling and wiping away tears of joy on the same field together. Elway, the first Bronco to be enshrined, would like to see them all join him here forever. No. 7 believes the Bronco owner, head coach and former head coach have all had Hall of Fame careers.
Elway's induction a family affair - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — The chant echoed throughout Mile High Stadium for the better part of two decades and at Super Bowls in San Diego and Miami. "Elway! Elway! Elway!" the sea of orange and blue sevens screamed. But this time John Elway was serenaded while wearing a mustard-yellow sports coat instead of his grass-stained Denver Bronco jersey. And instead of stunning a chilled crowd at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, No. 7 was celebrating his playing career on a sun-splashed Sunday at Fawcett Stadium.
Thorburn: It's time to turn page and move on - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — Two days, two hall of fames. On Saturday I paid tribute to musical masters at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Sunday it was off to "work" at the Pro Football Hall of Fame here. Both experiences included the unmistakable shrieking only groupies can make. Black and white Beattlemania clips sound a lot like orange and blue Broncomania cheers. John! John! John! We love you!
One-on-one: Mike Shanahan Story - FOXSports.com - Jay Glazer
August 9, 2004 - My first stop on this diary was a 35-hour jaunt with the Denver Broncos. What better way to start off the whole shebang than a little game of 20 questions — actually it's more like 13 or 14 — with the Mastermind himself, Denver head coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan and I gathered in his office this past week for a half-hour and shot the you know what as I tried like heck to find the smallest of cracks in the Shanahan Wall.
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