Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - For one night, for nothing more than a preseason game, Broncos running back Quentin Griffin ran like the "stud buffalo" coach Mike Shanahan had been seeking. Newly converted left tackle Matt Lepsis, a former Colorado Buffalo, didn't appear to be moving much faster than one. This was the good and the bad for a Broncos offense that occasionally operated with precision but also played sloppily enough to draw Shanahan's derision.
Elway ready for reflection - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - He has the yellow blazer, the bronze bust and his memories. Now, after his whirlwind Hall of Fame weekend, John Elway gets a chance to savor it. "I think that Saturday night, when I finally got the yellow jacket, it sunk in a little bit," Elway said Monday at a roundtable discussion set up for NFL fans. "And then at (Sunday's) ceremony, it sunk in a little bit more. But I think it will really sink in when I get back, get away and really get a chance to reflect on it."
Davis' retirement becomes official - Denver Post
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - Just as Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway made news in Canton, so did his former running mate, Terrell Davis. Nearly three years after his last game, Davis officially retired from the NFL, an announcement the former Broncos star made Monday on the NFL Network. Davis intends to hand in his retirement papers to the NFL today, the official end to one of the finest careers in Denver franchise history.
Sykes will miss time with left knee injury - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - Canton, Ohio - While covering a kickoff in the first quarter Monday night, Jashon Sykes felt his foot catch the artificial turf. Then he heard his left knee pop. Then he was flat on his back, fearing the worst. The preliminary diagnosis is the Broncos' starting strongside linebacker has a sprained medial collateral ligament and will be out two to three weeks. He will have an MRI today to determine the extent of the injury.
Miscues revealing - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - If each journey does indeed begin with a single step, the Broncos' first warm-up jaunt into the 2004 season was a tad wobbly. At least for most anyone not named Quentin Griffin. A few too many penalties, a few too many turnovers and too few touchdowns Monday night added up to a 20-17 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game in front of 22,177 people at Fawcett Stadium. Redskins kicker Ola Kimrin booted the winner, a 39-yarder, on the last play.
Catching up with old pals - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - Before he took the field Monday night, Clinton Portis made one thing perfectly clear. "This game don't mean nothing," he said. For the most part, he's right. Not only is the Hall of Fame game the first preseason game, it's an extra preseason game. But after rushing for 1,509 yards last season in Denver, Portis can only hope the Washington Redskins get their rushing game going by Sept. 12.
Tough day at the office for Mauck - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold,
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - You know, just about everybody told Matt Mauck there would be days like this. The rookie quarterback took his first real dip in the NFL pool Monday night and found the water a little choppy. The 25-year-old Mauck, who won a share of the national championship at LSU last season, played just less than a half in the Denver Broncos' 20-17 exhibition loss to the Washington Redskins in the Hall of Fame Game at Fawcett Stadium. "Well, I liked being out there. It was a lot of fun being out there for the first time," he said. "I've just got to work on not making mistakes."
Two runs by Griffin signal his potential - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - A diminutive running back's ability to jitterbug in the open field was put on display for all to see during Hall of Fame weekend. His open-field quickness clearly was celebrated when shown on the video replay board at Fawcett Stadium. Only some of those moments featured Barry Sanders. Quentin Griffin, a Sanders' clone physically - minus some of the same breakaway speed and, of course, 10 1,000-yard NFL seasons - entered the preseason opener as the Broncos' top tailback amid questions about whether he could hang on to the job permanently. Back-to-back carries in the first quarter off left tackle in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins helped state his case to remain in that role.
Krieger: Outta sight: All signs of an offensive life - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - For the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2004, everything that went before, all the weekend's glory, was merely prelude. The luncheons, the dinners, the bronze busts, the presentations by their progeny, the emotional enshrinement speeches; all of them were leading up to this. At halftime of Monday night's annual Hall of Fame Game, the four inductees were led onto the field at Fawcett
It's official: Davis has ended NFL career - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold, Lee Rasizer and Lynn DeBruin
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio - Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis said he made the decision to end his playing career last year. Now, he has made it official. Davis, on hand for Monday night's Broncos-Washington Redskins preseason game, said he has submitted his retirement papers to the NFL and the NFL Players Association. The documents must be completed before a player is eligible to receive his retirement benefits.
Hardly a Hall of Fame game - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — Ola means goodbye. The Broncos and Redskins were about to do the unthinkable, play an overtime in the NFL's first exhibition game of the 2004 season. And then Washington's backup placekicker, Ola Kimrin — who kicked an impressive but equally meaningless 65-yard field goal in the 2002 preseason for Denver — broke a 17-17 tie with a 39-yard field goal as time expired. The Redskins won, 20-17, in Joe Gibbs' return to the sideline after a 12-year retirement from football.
Thorburn: Some things clear right from the start - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn<
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio — News and views from Monday night's Hall of Fame Game, which turned into a marathon (yellow) flag football fiasco at Fawcett Field. News: Washington 20, Denver 17. View: Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan have a lot of work to do to make this a Super Bowl preview. News: The two teams combined for 22 penalties totaling 189 yards. View: As if the yellow sports coats the Hall of Famers were wearing all weekend weren't enough.
Terrell Davis officially retires - Daily Camera
August 10, 2004 - Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis officially retired from the NFL on Monday. Degenerative conditions in both knees led Davis to cut his career short after helping the Broncos to two straight Super Bowl titles. He missed the 2002 season and then told the Broncos last year that his knees would not be strong enough to pass a physical. The Broncos waived him, leaving the door open for a possible return.
Elway, classmates already old-school - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
August 10, 2004 - CANTON, OHIO — John Elway is only five seasons removed from being the most valuable player of the Super Bowl. But at 44 the former quarterback is already an old-school NFL fan. "Free agency has been great for the players, but I think it hurt the game as far as loyalty and the fan base," Elway said at a luncheon Monday with his Hall of Fame class, which like everything else here this weekend was dominated by Bronco supporters. "These days it's hard for fans to get attached to a player."
Broncos-Redskins Notebook: Youth Is Served - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- It took youthful exuberance to turn the Broncos' opening moments during Monday night's preseason opener from inauspicious to promising. Just under six minutes into the game, the Broncos trailed 3-0, with an interception and three holding penalties giving the team little from which it could draw confidence. A holding penalty on Ben Hamilton -- his second of the game's early moments -- pushed the Broncos back into a first-and-20 from their own 21-yard-line. Enter Darius Watts, eager to prove that the promise of training-camp practices could translate into game-day proficiency.
Injuries Show Dark Side of August Nights - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- Midway through the first quarter of a preseason game against the Washington Redskins, the Broncos bench reeled. In a span of two minutes, it witnessed the slow rise and walk to the bench of linebacker Jashon Sykes, followed by a similar labored rise and slow jog from defensive end Trevor Pryce. As Pryce rose and walked to the sidelines under his own power, the team looked on as the Redskins endured something far worse. Offensive lineman Jon Jansen fell to the ground and did not get up. His left Achilles tendon was ruptured and his season -- barely a few plays old -- was possibly over before the league's 30 other clubs had even played their first preseason games.
Shanahan: 'It Looked Like Flag Day Out There' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- By the numbers, here's what went well for the Broncos in their 20-17 preseason loss to the Washington Redskins: They posted an 82-yard advantage in total yardage, an 8:59 edge in time of possession, a 20-11 triumph in first downs, a defensive effort that saw the Broncos limit the Redskins to just three first-half first downs -- two via penalty. Here's what didn't: Three interceptions and 13 penalties for 118 yards, including five holding penalties in the game's first 20 minutes. The infractions continued into the second half on both sides, and the teams nearly set a Hall of Fame Game record, with a combined 22 penalties for 199 yards.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Game -- Denver Broncos vs. Washington Redskins - DenverBroncos.com
Monday, August 09, 2004 - In Canton, Ohio with the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a backdrop, the four newest members of the Hall were introduced to the crowd at midfield at Fawcett Stadium prior to the annual Hall of Fame Game. John Elway joined his classmates Bob Brown, Carl Eller and Barry Sanders to be recognized at the start of the first NFL game since becoming members of the league's shrine.
Defense Stifles Redskins in First Half - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, August 9, 2004 - CANTON, Ohio -- The Washington Redskins wasted little time getting their initial first down of the game, snatching it three snaps and three and a half minutes into Monday night's preseason contest when Mark Brunell found Rod Gardner in front of Champ Bailey for eight yards. Their second first down would be nearly 23 minutes in coming.
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