Update Insider: Team "Sorely misses" Williams

The only thing on the Denver Broncos' minds heading into the offseason was grief for cornerback Darrent Williams.

The only thing on the Denver Broncos' minds heading into the offseason was grief for cornerback Darrent Williams, who was murdered after leaving a New Year's Eve party.

The Broncos met as a team two days after the season but no football matters were discussed. They planned to fly as a team to Williams' funeral in Fort Worth, Texas as the end of the week.

Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Williams was an outgoing, positive person who will be sorely missed.

"You never know why God takes somebody, but I know one thing, he got ... whew," Shanahan said, stopping to fight back tears. "He got somebody very special in Darrent."

Counselors were brought in to help players deal with their grief. Many players knew Williams well because he made it a point to be friendly with everyone.

Shanahan said he would speak at the funeral at the request of Williams' mother. He often had to pause during his press conference after Williams' death because of his emotions.

"I don't think he had a guy that wasn't his friend," Shanahan said.

The police hadn't made an arrest in the first 48 hours after the murder but the police department was confident they would find a suspect. The police were looking for a white SUV with tinted windows.

"Rest assured, we're going to cooperate with the police as much as possible and hopefully find the person that did this," Shanahan said.

Punter Paul Ernster said he and his teammates were trying to work through the pain of losing a teammate and friend.

"You don't really talk, you just give them a hug," Ernster said. "We're all going through the same thing and you try to get through it together. You realize how tight you are. It's too bad it took something like this to realize it. He's a great guy."

NOTES, QUOTES

--Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said receiver Javon Walker, who was in the limousine with cornerback Darrent Williams when Williams was shot and killed, had met with counselors.

"I think Javon is holding up as good as you can possibly hold up under the circumstances," Shanahan said. "I talked to Javon today. He went through a tragic experience. A lot of times when somebody has that happen to them they wonder why it happened to him -- to Darrent and not him -- that's just human nature."

Walker and Williams attended a party at a nightclub in downtown Denver on New Year's Eve.

--Shanahan said the team hadn't yet planned what formal tribute it would make for Williams. Shanahan said the team would continue Williams' charity work, which included a lot of work with kids.

"You can rest assured that we're going to work on Darrent's dreams and make sure that they are fulfilled," Shanahan said.

Williams had two children, a 7-year-old son Darius and a 4-year-old daughter Jaelyn. A fund has been set up by the Broncos to help with the educational and health needs of his kids. Contributions can be sent to: Darrent Williams Children's Fund c/o Denver Broncos, 13655 Broncos Parkway, Englewood, CO 80112.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "As an adult, he was a wonderful man." -- Rosalind Williams, Darrent Williams' mother.



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