Thursday, November 21, Story Links

Clinton Portis (in photo) and Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James have a lot in common. They are both supremely confident, both came from the University of Miami, they are good friends. And they meet in Sunday night's game in Denver. Read about the duo in today's story links.

Hurricane homeboys - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 21, 2002 - When Gainesville (Fla.) High School senior Clinton Portis visited the University of Miami in the fall of 1998, the most memorable bit of advice handed off to him came from Hurricanes running back Edgerrin James.

Major Mailbag milestone - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 21, 2002 - Denver Post sports writer Adam Schefter posts his Broncos Mailbag each Thursday on

Broncos huddle with 'futbol' set - Denver Post - Michael Riley
Thursday, November 21, 2002 - For Victor Gonzalez, "futbol" refers to only one game - and it's played with a round, black-and-white ball.

Broncos have hands full with Harrison - Denver Post - Patrick Saunders
Thursday, November 21, 2002 - If Marvin Harrison played in a big, glamorous city, he would be a superstar. If he had a big mouth or a supersized ego, he might be a household name. If he pulled a Sharpie out of his sock and signed a football after scoring a touchdown, he would show up on "SportsCenter" more often.

Shanahan to try a new approach - Denver Post - Adam Schefter
Thursday, November 21, 2002 - Like a high school football team, the Denver Broncos will work under the Friday night lights.

Portis to face his mentor - Rocky Mountain News - Lynn DeBruin
November 21, 2002 - Don Soldinger knew the kid was trouble from the day he met him. It was January 1999, and the University of Miami running backs coach had stopped by Gainesville (Fla.) High to pick up a highlights tape of Clinton Portis. What he got instead was Portis himself, sitting in the coach's office, with his feet propped up on the desk, holding the tape in hand.

Candid toss from Griese - Rocky Mountain News - Lee Rasizer
November 21, 2002 - The iceman cometh. Straight out of the cold tub, save for a stop to don his No. 14 sweat suit, Brian Griese strode to the podium Wednesday to address his medical condition for the first time since learning with certainty he'd be a non-participant Sunday against Indianapolis. Then he actually warmed up.

Adams: Griese injury puts Broncos on the run - Rocky Mountain News - Sam Adams
November 21, 2002 - What to do when the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback is injured? Run. History shows that the Broncos usually step up their running game when quarterback Brian Griese is out of the starting lineup.

Portis runs into heady company - Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 21, 2002 - What was Butch Davis thinking? The Cleveland Browns president/head coach misused the 16th pick of the draft to make William Green of Boston College the first running back taken off the board.

Broncos Notes- Daily Camera - Ryan Thorburn
November 21, 2002 - Brian Griese would like his job back as soon as possible. But Steve Beuerlein, the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback this week, is in no hurry to get out of the huddle.

Running backs exude confidence - Indianapolis Star- Mike Chappell
November 21, 2002 - There will be no lack of swagger Sunday night at Denver's Invesco Field. Edgerrin James has it. So does Clinton Portis. "You get that from the University of Miami," Portis said Wednesday afternoon in a teleconference.

Colts lose safety Bird for season with injury - Indianapolis Star- Mike Chappell
November 21, 2002 - The Indianapolis Colts' secondary took a hit Wednesday when starting strong safety Cory Bird was placed on the injured reserve list with a hip injury. The team re-signed safety Joe Walker.

Beuerlein Knows the Drill Well- - Andrew Mason
Nov. 20, 2002 - Steve Beuerlein knows the drill of being a starting quarterback. It's just been a while since he's had the chance to experience it. Take the majority of snaps in practice. Be the center of the media's attention; in his case at the Broncos' weekly press conference, when he strode to the podium and answered questions for nearly 15 minutes.

Beuerlein Knows the Drill Well- - Mike Sarro
Nov. 19, 2002 - When Denver takes the field for its next home game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Nov. 24, the Broncos will give new meaning to the phrase, "horse of a different color." In front of a national television audience on ESPN's Sunday Night Football, Denver will officially unveil its third jersey.

Backup QBs more valuable than ever- - Len Pasquarelli
Wednesday, November 20 - The injury problem at quarterback was dramatically magnified last Sunday because three viable Super Bowl contenders saw their starters go down with serious injuries -- McNabb, Tommy Maddox of Pittsburgh and Denver's Brian Griese -- but even before Week 11 on the schedule it seemed like open season on passers.

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