Denver Broncos News Blogs - Wed. Sept. 7

Jake Plummer promises to keep the memory of Pat TIllman alive, Bradlee Van Pelt suffers more backlash from the weekend and Domonique Foxworth talks about his first NFL game. Read about all this and more in today's Denver Broncos News Blogs.

Paying tribute in TD tosses - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 - Last year, Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer was the face of the NFL's pledge to keep alive the memory of Pat Tillman, honoring his close friend in ways that angered the league and altered Plummer's appearance.

No room for errors now that they hurt - Denver Post - Domonique Foxworth
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
My first NFL regular-season game is rapidly approaching. I already have played in four preseason games, so this game is no different. It's just the next one. At least that is what I have been trying to convince myself in order to temper my anxiousness.

Time for Van Pelt kid stuff to vanish - Denver Post - Mark Kizla
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
Portraying an NFL quarterback, Bradlee Van_Pelt makes for one bad actor. The punky QB will never cause Broncos fans to forget John Elway. But Van Pelt might be the next Johnny Knoxville. Knoxville, for movie lovers unable to pry their drooling eyes off Jessica Simpson's Daisy Dukes, is the unlikely Hollywood star who got discovered staging stupid human tricks on MTV's hit show "Jackass."

Bowlen has key role in labor negotiations - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen will be a key player in negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. Bowlen has been named to the eight-member NFL management council executive committee, a league source said Tuesday.

Autopsy report: Herrion died from heart attack - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
The Herrion family members knew in their hearts their beloved Thomas died naturally. However, they had to wait for skeptics to become aware as well. Thomas Herrion's family got its wish. An autopsy report Tuesday said the San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman died of a heart attack, without any drugs or supplements in his system.

Bowlen gets place at the head table - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
In an effort to kick-start what have been stalled negotiations to extend the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement, Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has been added to the league's executive committee and will be one of three people involved in face-to-face negotiations with the players' union.

Mercer basketball player adjusts to life in the NFL - USA Today - Gary Mihoces
Thursday, Sept. 7. 2005 -
Given he played only basketball in college, Wesley Duke was no slam-dunk to make the roster of the Denver Broncos. But he has, and now the rookie tight end aims to continue his transition from hoops to NFL hard knocks.

Woelk: BVP needs r-e-s-p-e-c-t for his role - Daily Camera - Neill Woelk

September 5, 2005 - Full disclosure: Over the years, I always liked Bradlee Van Pelt. I liked his fire. I liked the fact that he didn't hold back. He said what he thought, he backed it up, and he never ducked a foe. In short, Van Pelt was a great competitor, and good for the Colorado-Colorado State series. I can't remember writing an unfavorable word about the former CSU quarterback. But Saturday afternoon, Van Pelt crossed the line from competitor to clown — and the most disappointing thing is that CSU officials condoned it. In full view of thousands of fans at Folsom Field, including all kinds of little kids, Van Pelt and a friend wore shirts on the CSU sidelines that boasted a profanity.

Rice's Broncos career cut too short - Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald - Jeremy Kempter
9/7/2005 - I'm guessing Jerry Rice isn't going to glide into the Hall of Fame draped in Denver Broncos' garb. While I'm sure he'll cherish the memories of a summer spent in Dove Valley, Rice is surely aching after being pushed out the door with a condescending pat on the shoulder. Of course the 42-year-old Rice is a relative imposter of the three-time Super Bowl champion, but what pained me most about his tearful retirement speech Monday was that he wasn't given a legitimate chance to prove himself during his final stop. As a Broncos fan, I would have relished having the greatest wide receiver in NFL history — if not player, period — in a Denver uniform for at least one season, similar to Tony Dorsett's brief chapter with the organization near the end of his remarkable career. And in respect to the game's history, Rice deserved a fairer shake.

Fantasy Preview: Week 1 - - J. Michael Moore
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - It all starts Thursday night. The NFL season kicks off with the Patriots hosting the Raiders (otherwise known as the Tuck Rule Bowl). Players, coaches, fans and fantasy owners could not be happier. This is the time of year when everyone is 0-0. Everyone is equal. Everyone can brag and trash talk. Unfortunately, for many of you fantasy players that will change for the better or drastically for the worse by the third quarter or so of Thursday's game. If you don't have a Raider or a Patriot on your roster you'll get a reprieve until Sunday. But that's why we play, right? Kingsbury Signed to Complete Practice Squad - - Andrew Mason
Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - The practice squad is now full, and the Broncos now have three quarterbacks once again. Denver filled the final vacant spot on that part of the roster by signing former Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, who spent this past summer in camp with the New Orleans Saints following a year on their practice squad. Kingsbury joined the Saints on Sept. 7 of last year after being waived a day earlier by the New England Patriots, who had drafted him in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He spent all of his rookie campaign on an injured reserve with an arm injury as the Patriots marched to their second world championship. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder saw action in two preseason games for the Saints before they waived him on Aug. 29, completing 10 of 21 passes for 139 yards and no touchdowns with one interception. During the Saints' preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 12, he led an 8-play, 73-yard drive to a field goal during the second half.

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