January 30, 2001 |
One day after the Giants' meltdown, quarterback Kerry Collins disclosed he separated his right shoulder during the third quarter. "I wasn't coming out, though," Collins said Monday. Collins said Sam Adams, one of the Ravens' 300-pound plus defensive linemen, fell on him with his "full weight," causing the injury. After the game, teammate Michael Strahan walked up to Collins and gave him a hug. It was a thank you from the defensive end for getting the team to the Super Bowl.
December 24, 2000 |
If this was goodbye, then the Denver Broncos did it in style. The Broncos scored on six consecutive possessions in a 38-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers Saturday in what could have been their final game in Mile High Stadium. The playoff-bound Broncos (11-5) stayed in contention for the AFC West championship. If Oakland (11-4) loses to Carolina (7-8) today, Denver wins the division title and is assured of a home playoff game. If Oakland wins, Denver is a wild card and plays on the road.
September 29, 1999 |
Being a Broncos fan isn't the joy ride that it used to be. Rabid supporters of the two-time defending Super Bowl champions used to take pride in wearing their blue and orange game-day regalia and marching grandly into the home stadium wearing plastic horse heads. Now--as the team struggles with an 0-3 record and recovers from the retirement of demigod quarterback John Elway--the Broncos are derisively referred to as the Donkeys.
January 18, 1999 |
Such sweet sorrow, indeed. Parting with his fans for probably the final time, heading to the Super Bowl for a fifth, John Elway bade farewell Sunday to a stadium that shook with glee and ached with sadness. There were cheers, sighs, chants, groans. There was a frightful start, a breathtaking middle, a perfect ending. Finally, there was the swaggering quarterback himself, leaning over to hug his wife from the postgame awards podium. Softly crying. "It was surreal," said Janet Elway.
January 17, 1999 |
Bill Parcells was nothing special while working in Colorado. Parcells, now considered a giant in professional coaching, went 3-8 as head coach of the Air Force Academy in 1978, quit to become linebackers coach with the New York Giants, but then quit again only a few weeks after joining the Giants. He said he wanted to spend more time with his family, so he returned to Denver and worked for the real-estate division of the Gates Rubber Co.
January 17, 1999 |
They have sold out Mile High Stadium 231 consecutive times, packed orange to orange, stomping their feet and raising the specter for the uninitiated that at any moment the whole structure might collapse. It is wild, it is intimidating, but at no time in all its glorious existence might it be louder than for today's AFC championship game--most likely the last opportunity for the people of Denver to yell for John Elway.