05/23/2005 0- Just two years ago, the Broncos' linebacker trio of Al Wilson, John Mobley and Ian Gold seemed on the verge of being the league's best. Then Mobley suffered a devastating neck injury and Gold tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and moved on to Tampa Bay. Now Gold is back and healthy, Wilson remains a rock in the middle and D.J. Williams, a rookie of the year candidate last season, is a star in the making. No wonder Wilson predicts great things.
Master of mind, lost souls - Denver Post - Mark Kiszla
05/23/2005 - A mastermind is only as brilliant as his last call. Since when did the favorite play of Broncos coach Mike Shanahan become the Statue of Liberty? The wretched refuse of football now call Denver home. Shanahan lit the lamp and they all came running. After drafting college dropout Maurice Clarett, sheltering punter Todd Sauerbrun from a steroids-investigation storm, opening his arms to doddering Jerry Rice and collecting homeless defensive linemen off the streets of Cleveland, there's no telling what good deed Shanahan will attempt next. But don't be shocked if Shanahan picks up a chisel and engraves the words of Lady Liberty's famous poem above the entrance to the Denver locker room: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free."
A new pickup game - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 23, 2005 - Linus never puts down his blanket. Simon Cowell is rarely seen without his black T-shirt. And U2 guitarist The Edge might as well have a stocking cap affixed permanently to his head. They are trademarks. And for about a month after working out for NFL teams before the April draft, Wesley Duke established his own: toting a football. Nearly everywhere Duke went, the pigskin was clasped between his biceps and chest or surrounded by his huge hands. He even showed up recently at his college's graduation ceremony sporting dress slacks, snazzy shirt - and that ever-present ball. The sight became familiar to anyone who knew him. But it also was strangely foreign.
Krieger: Shanahan playing the game of risk - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
May 23, 2005 - Musings for a Monday morning on risk-taking at an advanced age, or, the Mike Shanahan story . . . Maurice Clarett. Todd Sauerbrun. Jerry Rice. Do you detect a pattern here? These days, each inspires more hesitation than enthusiasm in NFL front offices. The first two are Broncos. The third is working on his RSVP. So, yeah, I asked Shanahan about it. I wanted to know if he was going all Al Davis on us. Do these guys fall within the standard baggage allowance? Are they desperate moves or a meaningless cluster of calculated risks?
Receptive to offer? - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 21, 2005 - An invitation to have NFL receiving legend Jerry Rice join the Denver Broncos has been formally extended. All that remains is Rice's RSVP. Rice will take the weekend to consider the offer before informing the Broncos of his decision early next week. "He's just considering whether it's the right thing to do," Rice's agent, Jim Steiner, said Friday. "It's just a lot to absorb. He definitely wants to play. I'm sure this will be his final stop. He just wants to think about it, then make the call." Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was satisfied Rice was clear on his possible role with the Broncos to such an extent he has put the decision in the receiver's hands.
Krieger: Clarett's memory missing in action - Rocky Mountain News - Dave Krieger
May 21, 2005 - The Broncos haven't donned pads in their passing camp, but already, Maurice Clarett seems to have suffered a concussion. At least, I assume that's the cause of his sudden case of amnesia. On the other hand, he seems happy enough. Perhaps his amnesia is psychosomatic, the suppression of unpleasant memories. That would take the suspicion off the linebackers. Either way, his entire soap opera at Ohio State seems to have been wiped from his memory. Clarett's inability to recollect this modern parable of college athletics leaves it quite noticeably without an ending. Last fall, he made some sensational charges against the Ohio State football program in ESPN the Magazine.
Despite past, Clarett given warm welcome - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
May 21, 2005 - He elicited stares as he began running the ball earlier this week, a novelty item. But as the week progressed at Denver Broncos passing camp, Maurice Clarett morphed into just another rookie, despite taking the field in a team setting for the first time in 2 1/2 years. The running back fought the difficulties of NFL terminology and blitz pickup, tried to adjust to the mile high air and, simply, attempted to fit in this week, just like many other first-year players. "Everybody was interested. And I could see other people watching, like, 'What can I do?', to see what was going on," Clarett said Friday in his first comments about his initial on-field experiences with the Broncos. "But after we ran a couple of plays and worked off each other and communicated with them in the weight room it went right out the door the first day."
Rolling With the Changes - DenverBroncos.com - J. Michael Moore
Monday, May 23, 2005 - Broncos safety John Lynch was wrapping up an interview with local media Thursday when middle linebacker Al Wilson entered the room. Lynch had just entered into a compliment-laced response on Wilson when the two-time Pro Bowler crept up on the podium behind him. "I didn't know a lot about Al Wilson when I cam here but one thing I recognized right away is he's a guy that loves to play the game of football," Lynch said. "I kind of feed off his energy, I think he feeds of my energy and I think we're both driven by the same thing as football players and that's to be the best. I really enjoy playing with him."
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