Broncos News Blogs - Friday, Jan. 27

Former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak was officially welcomed as the new head coach of the Houston Texans on Thursday. Read more about Kubiak in today's news reports as well as features on quarterback Bradlee Van Pelt and defensive lineman Demetrin Veal.

Kubiak savors his homecoming - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/27/2006 - Gary Kubiak has essentially been heading home for three weeks. Yet when he hit Houston on Thursday, it was just as overwhelming as if it had been a surprise. "I've seen some people today that I haven't seen in 15 or 20 years, and it's a welcome sight for me," the 11-year and now former Broncos offensive coordinator said as he was introduced as the head coach of the Houston Texans. "My family, my mom and dad, my sisters - I always told my parents that I'd be home someday. I think they started not to believe me after a while, but I finally made it back." Thursday's events made Kubiak's hiring official, but it had been a foregone conclusion since he wowed Houston officials Jan. 6 during an interview in Denver. Sunday, hours after Denver lost to Pittsburgh in the AFC championship game, Texans owner Bob McNair announced the team's intention to hire the Houston native and former Houston Oilers ball boy.

Student bruised by Broncos backlash - Denver Post - Julianne Bentley
01/27/2006 - All Joshua Vannoy wanted to do was to support the Denver Broncos before the AFC championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers by wearing a John Elway jersey to his Beaver Falls, Pa., high school. He expected a little ribbing. He didn't expect his classmates to turn on him at Beaver Falls High School, to have to stay home from school because he fears for his safety or to make national headlines.

Competition drives Van Pelt - Denver Post - Bill Williamson
01/27/2006 - If the Broncos pursued a veteran backup quarterback, as they did last year, or used a high draft pick on a youngster to groom behind Jake Plummer, don't expect Bradlee Van_Pelt to pitch a fit. In a strange way, Van Pelt almost welcomes it. "It wouldn't bother me at all," Van Pelt said. "I kind of hope they do. You have to earn your spot, and I haven't earned anything yet. I think I will. But everyone needs competition, and I think I'm up for winning any competition that's put in front of me."

Kubiak is in saddle for Texans - Rocky Mountain News - AP
January 27, 2006 - HOUSTON - As a ball boy for the Houston Oilers more than 25 years ago, Gary Kubiak never thought he eventually would coach the team that replaced them. But he long vowed he would return to Houston. On Thursday, he did, and was introduced as the Houston Texans' second coach. "I always told my mom and dad I would be home someday," he said. "I think they started not to believe me after a while. But I finally made it back." Kubiak, who spent the past 11 seasons as the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, inherits a team that had a league-worst 2-14 record this season, costing Dom Capers his job. Kubiak reportedly signed a five-year contract worth about $10 million.

Homecoming for Kubiak - Daily Camera - Suzanne Halliburton, Cox News Service
January 27, 2006 - HOUSTON — For Gary Kubiak, Thursday represented an idyllic dream, the day he was introduced as head coach of his hometown Houston Texans. "Today's off the charts," gushed Kubiak, formerly offensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos. Within the next three months, Kubiak will decide whether he'll grant another hometown hero — University of Texas quarterback Vince Young — the chance for a similar feel-good moment. After signing a five-year, $10 million contract with the Texans earlier in the morning, Kubiak was applauded at a pep rally disguised as a press conference. For the 44-year-old Kubiak and wife Rhonda, who also is a Houston native, it was a time to revel in coming home.

Kubiak Heads to Houston - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, January 26, 2006 - The Broncos are officially on the hunt for a new offensive coordinator. Thursday, the Houston Texans introduced Gary Kubiak as their new head coach, closing a process that began three weeks ago when the team requested permission to interview the Houston native and long-time Bronco and ending an association between Kubiak and the Broncos that began in 1983, endured for nine seasons with him as a backup quarterback and then picked up for an 11-season run as the team's offensive coordinator. To watch Kubiak's press conference, click here. "We signed the contract this morning, so it's time for him to go to work," Texans owner Bob McNair said. For Kubiak, the decision to take the job represents a homecoming. "It's a blessing, it's awesome," Kubiak said. "You're in this business, working hard and trying to enjoy the game. And to think that some day you might have the opportunity to come back where you grew up and go to work every day for a club that's so close to your heart. That's special." Kubiak began his segment of the press conference in Houston on Thursday by thanking his family.

For Veal, 2005 a Season of Ascendancy - Denver - Andrew Mason
Thursday, January 26, 2006 - For Demetrin Veal, the lingering memory of the first season in which he was a regular contributor wasn't his first career sack, his play as a part of the Broncos' defensive line rotation, or beating out a slew of veterans to rise from the nether regions of the depth chart to make the team in training camp. No, it will be something much more recent than that. "Watching (the Steelers) celebrate on the field," Veal said. "That's the biggest thing I'll remember. I don't want that to happen again." Seeing the season end in the AFC Championship was the only thing that kept Veal's first full season in Broncos colors from being one of the finer individual Cinderella stories of the team's recent history. Veal, after all, had only played in three games over the course of two years before joining the Broncos late in the 2004 season off of the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad, and didn't get off the inactive list in the games that followed. He then went into the 2005 training camp looking to find a spot among a defensive line filled with recognizable names.

Student wearing Broncos jersey to get Elway recliner - Time Leader - Pat Graham
Fri, Jan. 27, 2006 - FALLS, Pa. - A high school student whose teacher forced him to sit on the floor during a midterm exam - for wearing a Denver Broncos jersey - will soon be sitting pretty in a recliner John Elway helped design. Bassett furniture was to deliver the Elway Home heat-massage reclining chair to Joshua Vannoy, 17, on Friday, according to Jennifer Maguire, a Bassett representative. It was the retired Hall of Fame quarterback's No. 7 jersey Vannoy wore to class at Beaver Falls High School on Jan. 20 - two days before the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Broncos 34-17 in the AFC Championship game - when his honors ethnic relations teacher, John Kelly, forced him to take the test sitting on the floor. Kelly has called the incident "silly fun."

Kubiak's career comes full circle - Houston Chronicle - John McClain
Jan. 27, 2006 - Houston native Gary Kubiak's coronation as the Texans' homecoming king became official Thursday when he was introduced as the second head coach in franchise history. Growing up in Houston, Kubiak developed a passion for football. He served as an Oilers ball boy and in 1978 earned all-state recognition as a quarterback at St. Pius High School. Now, 23 years after he left Texas A&M to play for the Denver Broncos, Kubiak finally has his dream job as head coach of his hometown team, a job that will pay him almost $10 million over five years. One of the many reasons owner Bob McNair hired Kubiak to replace the fired Dom Capers is because Kubiak knows what it takes to win a Super Bowl. He has participated in six Super Bowls and won three.

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