"It has been an absolute dream come true for me to coach for 36 years," Nunnely said. "I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have been givento have a positive impact on others through the game of football. More than anything, I am proud of the accomplishments of the teams and players I have been so privileged to work with over the years.
"This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one for me and my family. At this stage of my life, I want to devote more time to my wife, Velda, and the rest of our family. They have been with me every step of the way through an incredible career that I've been so blessed to enjoy. The NFL has a wonderful retirement plan, and it's time for me to begin the next chapter of my life."
Added Broncos coach John Fox: "Wayne has been an outstanding teacher and mentor for so many players and coaches throughout his career. His passion for the game is something that I greatly admire, and it's one of the many reasons why he was so valued and respected as a coach. Although I only had the opportunity to work with Wayne for one season, it was a pleasure to watch him coach. His positive influence on the defensive line was an important part of our team's success. Jay Rodgers has been fortunate to learn from one of the very best. There is no doubt that his time with Wayne has prepared him for this opportunity that he has earned."
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