Broncos News Briefs - Monday, June 13

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren advised Jerry Rice to retire after he left the Seahawks. Read about Rice in today's news reports. Also - rookie quarterback Chad Friehauf is trying to keep a low profile, despite the fact he is a Colorado native and grew up as a fan of the Denver Broncos.

Before release, Holmgren advised Rice to retire - Denver Post
June 13, 2005 - Before the Seattle Seahawks cut Jerry Rice in February, coach Mike Holmgren tried to persuade the star receiver to retire. "He accomplished everything a man can accomplish in this business," Holmgren said last week. "He had nothing to prove to anybody. I thought maybe it was time for him to go on to another part of his life." Rice disagreed. The 42-year-old landed a one-year contract with the Denver Broncos. "He said, 'Mike, I want to give it one more try,'" Holmgren recalled. "I said, 'God bless you.' Now he gets another chance. We don't have to play Denver this year, so I hope he does great."

Digging for a Chance - - J. Michael Moore
Monday, June 13, 2005 - Broncos rookie quarterback Chad Friehauf tries to keep a low profile around Dove Valley. At 6-feet-6, 212 pounds that is often easier said than done. But height is not the only attention grabber for the 22-year-old. He grew up in eastern Colorado and played at Colorado School of Mines in Golden. He not only watched John Elway to learn his position, he is a Broncos fan, which means his family always calls with more than the usual questions. "It's been a good experience staying close to home and family," Friehauf said. "It's a little bit of a dream come true -- especially growing up watching John Elway. Wherever I go I talk about football. (My family) is excited because I stayed close to home. I think they were expecting me to go play across the country."

It's anyone's guess about Super Bowl XL - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
06/12/2005 - 'Tis the season for prognostications. Take a trip to the local newsstand and there they are: bold, glossy, eye-catching NFL preview magazines. Jake Plummer and Champ Bailey grace the local covers. Just as People and Us promise all the gossip on Brad and Angelina, the NFL preview magazines vow to tell you everything you need to know about the 2005 season. Even red-faced 49ers fans might be titillated to take a peek at what the so-called experts are saying about their team.

Elway pushing Crush to success in Arena - Daily Camera - Steve Hummer, Cox News Service
June 12, 2005 - The gravity of time has tugged hard at the former golden quarterback. Two weeks from his 45th birthday and seven years removed from his last forward pass, John Elway shows the passage in the spreading lines of his face and the thinning follicles just to the north. He has made the trip to middle age accompanied by many of the usual traumas, with a star-driven twist. He has had the divorce and then a fling with a former Playboy model. He has had the expected difficulty finding something to match the rush of a Super Bowl introduction. After one failed online sports retail venture, there was some question as to his niche in the free enterprise system.

For Broncos rookies, a playbook is a best friend - Daily Times-Call - Pat Graham
6/10/2005 - When Denver Broncos linebacker Al Wilson gives advice to rookies, it's not really advice. It's an order. "Study that playbook," Wilson said. That was his friendly reminder as the rookies left team camp Thursday. The Broncos have a week off before resuming offseason workouts. The team won't be back together in an official capacity until minicamp July 6-8. "If you don't study your playbook and don't go over it until minicamp, you're basically going to lose everything you learned up to this point," Wilson said. "Every few days, pick the playbook up. Keep your skills sharp." The message wasn't lost on second-round draft pick Darrent Williams. The cornerback out of Oklahoma State will be carrying his playbook around in his backpack. He's got a lot to learn.

Former Deacon Tyson Clabo Named All-Pro In NFL Europe -
June 10, 2005 - Former Wake Forest offensive lineman Tyson Clabo was selected to NFL Europe's All-Pro Team, the league announced on Thursday. Allocated to the Hamburg Sea Devils by the Denver Broncos, Clabo made the squad as an offensive tackle.

Defensive Front Coach Andre Patterson Talks About the 2005 Season -
Friday, June 10, 2005 - Andre Patterson joined the Broncos on February 11 and will work in his first season as the club's defensive front coach. Entering his ninth season as an NFL assistant, Patterson has also coached in Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota and New England. In his most recent assignment he spent the past two seasons with the Browns. His arrival in Denver coincides with that of four former Cleveland players -- Courtney Brown, Michael Myers, Ebenezer Ekuban and Gerard Warren. While Patterson is familiar with those four he is getting to know and work with the other current defensive linemen on the Broncos roster -- Chukie Nwokorie, Raylee Johnson, Marco Coleman, Trevor Pryce, Anton Palepoi, Demetrin Veal, Luther Elliss, Monsanto Pope, Dorsett Davis and Mario Fatafehi, all of whom are participating in the team's offseason workouts and camps.

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