Broncos News Briefs - Tuesday, June 21

Denver Broncos safety John Lynch talks about his volunteer work in today's news reports.

Hard-hitting Lynch has a soft spot - - Stephen Dorman
June 20, 2005 - On game days, Denver Broncos safety John Lynch has long been known as a fierce, tough-nosed competitor who can deliver a knockout blow to any pass catcher coming across the middle of the field. But away from the field, the 13-year veteran and six-time Pro Bowler, who helped lead the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl championship in 2003, shows a softer side by immersing himself in a variety of charitable organizations. Lynch and his wife, Linda, run the John Lynch Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides educational and athletic-based incentives for school children. While recently in Los Angeles filming a United Way commercial, Lynch said he was more than pleased to volunteer his services to the United Way.

For Ernster, Everything Changes - - Andrew Mason
Monday, June 20, 2005 - As Paul Ernster fielded a phone call from the Broncos on the final Sunday afternoon in April, he couldn't help but sense a future in Denver. The incumbent at his dual-pronged position, Jason Baker, was not among the league's leaders in punts and kickoffs; it seemed as though the door was wide open for Ernster to step in and provide an immediate jolt. There was an ongoing, massive reconstruction of the special teams that weekend, as Ernster was the third of the six picks who had the potential for significant contributions on special teams, along with cornerback/returner Darrent Williams and offensive lineman Chris Myers, who took up long snapping at the Senior Bowl three months prior. "When they actually called me, everybody saw I was pretty excited," Ernster recalled. "They were obviously at the top of my list, because they had a need for a punter, and it was a good fit." A month later, the landscape was unrecognizable.

Ross Kurcab's Answers -
Friday, June 17, 2005 - Questions about the field at INVESCO Field at Mile High? Ross Kurcab is your man. Kurcab, who just completed his 21st year with the Broncos as turf manager, is responsible for every aspect of the playing surface. Kurcab graduated from Colorado State with a degree in turf management and has won several industry awards for his work in Denver. In 2001 he was named Sportsturf Magazine's manager of the year and he won the Harry Gill Memorial Award from the Sportsturf Managers Association in 2002 – the group's highest honor. Making sure the field stays one of the best in the National Football League is a year-round project for Kurcab, who is currently keeping the surface ready for soccer matches, lacrosse games and other special events.

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