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The Denver Broncos hire a new color analyst in the broadcast booth, Shannon Sharpe's back in training and a former Bronco looks toward the Hall of Fame.

There's been a shakeup in the broadcast booth for the Denver Broncos as former player David Diaz-Infante has been signed by flagship station 850 KOA to replace Scott Hastings as color analyst, along side current broadcaster Dave Logan.

Diaz-Infante has been a familiar face around Denver, spending the final five seasons of his nine-year NFL career in the Mile High City, before moving on to television as commentator on FOX Sports Rocky Mountain.

While this marks his first gig as a team broadcaster, the former offensive lineman is excited about the opportunity to remain close to the team he won two Super Bowl rings with.

"There's a time when you belong in the locker room and a time you don't, Diaz-Infante told the Denver Post. "I know the work it takes week in and week out to play in the NFL. I've had my share of (being yelled at) ... in a room full of people. Some of those people deserve it. I don't think I'll be one of those people."

Wishing David the best of luck – it couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Sharpe at Poker?
Believe it or not, Shannon Sharpe is back in training. Now before you jump to any conclusions, no it's not on the football field – it's in preparation for his debut in what's being billed as largest sporting event in the world - the 36th annual World Series of Poker.

Sharpe has signed on with Team AbsolutePoker to play in the tournament's Main Event starting July 7 Las Vegas at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. He is training with WSOP leader and AbsolutePoker's resident pro Mark Seif.

With only five months of poker experience under his belt, Sharpe is firmly committed to give it his best shot.

"I'm approaching this like I would football or any other competition," Sharpe said.

"It's all about being focused and prepared. I've started training with Mark and I'm getting better every day. If I get beat, it will be because the other players outplayed me or had a better hand. I'll be looking out for the aces and kings to make my job a lot easier."

Makes you wonder whether or not he's going to break out the "…better call the National Guard" routine in the middle of the World's biggest Poker tournament.

Old Friends -
Safety John Lynch made a guest appearance Tuesday at the 10th Annual Herm Edwards Football Camp, held at the campus of CSU-Monterey Bay in northern California.

Lynch came to the camp to rekindle his friendship with Edwards, who served as Lynch's defensive backfield coach for six-years in Tampa Bay, before moving on as the New York Jets head coach.

Although separated by distance, their friendship remains as strong as ever.

"He's more like a son to me," Edwards told reporters. "I look at him and see a little of me when I was a player. They all said he was too slow. People don't always measure a man's heart. All he needed was an opportunity. He was my leader on defense in Tampa."

Lynch, who's also godfather to Edwards' son Marcus, shared equal praise toward his friend and former coach.

"I miss his energy, the character of the person that he is," Lynch said. "He's such a role model. He's incredibly driven. But he has a clear mind and direction. He has his priorities straight."

Hall of Fame -
OK, so it may not be as memorable as the NFL Hall of Fame, but former Broncos wide receiver Justin Armour will be among five athletes inducted into the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 9th.

The banquet will honor the former Manitou Springs High School quarterback who was a consensus All-American, having received the Golden Helmet Award for excelling in both athletics and academics, graduating as class valedictorian with a 4.0 grade average.

While with the Broncos, Armour served as Ed McCaffrey's backup, before injuries ended his professional career in 1999.

These days the thirty-two year old tends to avoid the spotlight, preferring to spend time with his wife and son, while working with impoverished youth throughout the small villages of Mexico.

It's refreshing, in a world of drug busts DUI's and assault charges, to see a former professional football player actually living up to the moniker of a roll model.

That's Hall of Fame material in anybody's book.



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