05/19/2005 - Jerry Rice, the most prolific receiver in NFL history, talked Wednesday with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan about playing for the team this season. Rice's agent, Jim Steiner, confirmed Shanahan and Rice talked Wednesday, and Steiner said he and Shanahan had a preliminary conversation last weekend. "I think there is some interest on both sides," Steiner said. "I think Jerry would love to play for Mike again." Rice and Shanahan worked together from 1992-94 when Shana- han was the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator. The 49ers won Super Bowl XXIX, concluding the 1994 season. Through the years, Shanahan frequently has cited Rice as the consummate professional.
Rice, Broncos talking about uniting this season - CBSSportsline - NFL.com
May 18, 2005 - Jerry Rice and the Denver Broncos, each with a need for the other, are exploring the idea of uniting this season, according to NFL.com's Adam Schefter. Rice and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, who worked together for three years in San Francisco, were scheduled to talk at some point in the past 24 hours, and Shanahan also conducted preliminary talks this weekend with Rice's agent, Jim Steiner. Now the question becomes, can they work out a deal. It sounds like both sides want to make sure this is the right match before moving forward. The 42-year-old Rice wants to be assured that he will have a role in the Broncos offense, and the Broncos want to make sure that Rice will be happy playing whatever role he does, even if it is limited.
Clarett eludes NCAA pursuit in investigation - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/19/2005 - The NCAA said Wednesday it tried but failed to talk with former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett last year during its investigation of the school. "Not once did Mr. Clarett respond to our repeated requests to meet with investigators or provide information," David Price, NCAA vice president of enforcement services, said in a statement. "Specifically, over the course of a month in November and December 2004, phone calls were placed to Mr. Clarett's reported cellphone numbers, relatives, former legal representatives and friends. But the messages left were never returned. In addition, attempts to contact him in person failed."
Lynch excited for kids' fete - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
05/19/2005 - Broncos safety John Lynch won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has been voted to six Pro Bowls. But what occurred Wednesday at Invesco Field at Mile High ranked right up there on his list of thrills. Lynch and his wife, Linda, honored some of the Denver area's most accomplished student- athletes at the seventh annual John Lynch Salutes the Stars awards luncheon. After six years in Tampa, Fla., where Salute the Stars became a staple, Wednesday marked the first time the event was in Denver. Lynch said it was a challenge to get his foundation up and running in a new city. But after speaking to a packed house - with help from Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and teammates Rod Smith and Al Wilson - Lynch was all smiles.
Krieger: Lynch's life give-and-ache - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
May 19, 2005 - John Lynch is either exactly the kind of role model the NFL needs or a serial headhunter under a league restraining order even Bill Romanowski never earned. Or, possibly, both. Which is what brought me to Lynch's seventh "Salute the Stars" awards luncheon Wednesday at the former Mile High Stadium parking lot. Well, that and the free food. If you're fretting that you missed the first six Lynch luncheons, they took place in Tampa, where the John Lynch Foundation opened its doors and began giving awards and college scholarships to kids from the local public schools. Wednesday, Lynch handed out four $5,000 college grants to Colorado high school students. The Tampa branch, now endowed in perpetuity, will give out four more this month.
Veterans accepting of Clarett - Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
5/18/2005 - At the wedding of Denver Broncos tight end Jeb Putzier, which also happened to coincide with draft day, the conversation naturally centered on one topic — Maurice Clarett. The guests, including numerous teammates, were caught off-guard by the selection of Clarett in the third round of the April 23rd draft. "It was one of the only guys my wife knew that was drafted," Putzier said. "She was excited that she actually knew who he was." Clarett's become a household name thanks more to his off-field antics than his performance on the field. The former Ohio State running back has falsified a police report, made overtures that Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel arranged for him to get passing grades and challenged the NFL ruling that a player had to be three years removed from high school graduation to declare for the draft. But those indiscretions are water under the bridge. Clarett has a clean slate as he takes part in the Broncos' minicamp the next two weeks.
Itching to Go - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Wednesday, May 18, 2005 - After five and a half months of rehabilitation, conditioning and weightlifting, anything different is good for cornerback Lenny Walls. The need for regular rehab sessions with the Broncos' athletic training staff kept Walls from being able to take the standard break of two-plus months that leads into the commencement of offseason workouts in early April; even the offer of a trip to Hawaii during Pro Bowl week with his fellow defensive backs was declined when he chose to focus on recovering from the surgery that followed the third of his shoulder dislocations last fall. "I'm real anxious. It's crazy," Walls said. "My offseason has been all football, all rehab. I'm probably more focused than I've ever been."
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