April 5, 2009 |
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has sent a letter to season-ticket holders explaining why the organization had to trade Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears. Bowlen preached a message of team unity in the e-mail, reiterating that he and new coach Josh McDaniels had reached out many times to Cutler, who didn't respond to their overtures to repair the strained relationship. Bowlen, who remained largely silent during the six-week rift that ended with Thursday's blockbuster trade, wrote: "It has never been about one player and it never will be. " He added that anybody who puts himself above the team gets a ticket out of town.
March 30, 2006 |
Nearly two months after his Seattle Seahawks lost the Super Bowl, Mike Holmgren is still feeling the pain. "To have the story of the Super Bowl be the officials, that is crazy," Holmgren said yesterday at the NFL owners' meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He said he still stung by the 21-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue yesterday said he had a letter from his staff sitting on his desk informing Holmgren that he was being fined for postgame remarks about the officiating.
April 13, 2002 |
Shannon Sharpe returned to the Denver Broncos yesterday, signing a seven-year contract with the team he helped lead to two Super Bowl titles. Sharpe, who turns 34 in June, won Super Bowl rings with the Broncos in 1997 and '98 and played 10 seasons in Denver before spending the last two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, with whom he won another ring in 2000. Sharpe, an eight-time Pro Bowler who is the NFL career leader in receptions (692) and yards (8,604) by a tight end, was a salary-cap casualty of the Ravens in February.
September 20, 1994 |
While Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen says it isn't necessary to issue a vote of confidence for beleaguered coach Wade Phillips, the town's sports columnists have joined some of the team's fans in calling for his dismissal. "Wade Must Go" the fans shouted after the Broncos fell to 0-3 with a 48-16 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Raiders on Sunday. "Go Wade. And take the Broncos with you," the Denver Post's Woody Paige wrote yesterday. "This is the most overpaid, underachieving team in the history of the National Football League.
May 24, 1990 |
Atlanta was awarded the 1994 Super Bowl by National Football League owners yesterday at a meeting in Irving, Texas. Atlanta plans to have a new domed stadium built by then. It will be the first Super Bowl for the city. The Super Bowl will be played in Tampa, Fla., in 1991; Minneapolis in 1992, and Phoenix in 1993. The $210 million downtown Georgia Dome - which will seat 70,500, making it the third-largest dome in the NFL - is scheduled for completion in 1992. "The Super Bowl will identify Atlanta and Georgia around the world," said Gov. Joe Frank Harris.
March 21, 2012 |
DENVER - Peyton Manning stood next to John Elway, holding up a bright-orange jersey with the No. 18 on it. Yes, that could take some getting used to. And now, if Manning's surgically repaired neck cooperates, these two quarterbacks - one in the Hall of Fame, the other headed there one day - think they might be taking a similar photo together, only next time they will be holding a Super Bowl trophy. Manning was introduced as the new quarterback of the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, the four-time MVP taking the spot once held by Elway, who as Broncos vice president engineered the deal to bring the NFL's most sought-after free agent to town.
December 28, 1999 |
Denver Broncos safety Darrius Johnson was arrested on assault charges for striking a topless dancer, police said yesterday. Johnson was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of hitting the dancer on the side of the face at Shotgun Willie's nightclub in Glendale, Colo., an incorporated city surrounded by Denver. Johnson and the dancer were arguing before he hit her, police said. The two reportedly had met at a party several months ago. Johnson was taken to the Glendale Police Department and released with a summons.
January 31, 1995 |
It has been a long, indecisive, confusing and controversial trip back to Square One for Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie. Today is when Lurie is expected to learn that his 35-day wait to interview Mike Shanahan, the San Francisco 49ers' offensive coordinator, was a waste of time. Lurie dropped off Shanahan at the Miami Airport Hilton yesterday at 9:30 a.m., following a two-hour breakfast meeting during which Lurie is believed to have offered Shanahan the Eagles' head-coaching position.
December 16, 1991 |
For former hostage Thomas Sutherland, there was no better place to be yesterday than Denver's Mile High Stadium, to watch the Denver Broncos play Phoenix. A professor at Colorado State University, Sutherland was freed Nov. 18 after being held in Lebanon for 6 1/2 years by terrorists. Wearing a new orange and blue Broncos warmup jacket, he and his family were guests of the team. He spoke privately to team owner Pat Bowlen and quarterback John Elway before addressing the near-capacity crowd of 74,098 during pregame ceremonies.
September 6, 2001 |
The Denver franchise could be named the Thoroughbreds because its herd of gallopers seems more elite than Broncos. With Terrell Davis and Olandis Gary back from serious injuries, and Mike Anderson fresh off a rookie year in which he ran for nearly 1,500 yards, there is not a better stable of backs in the NFL. Having made some moves to tighten their defense and having found stability at quarterback in the post-Elway era with Brian Griese, the...