Horse Tracks - 4/1/10 - A Salute to Jason Elam

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Good Morning Broncos Country!  There aren't many left, now.  Just how many players remain from the back-to-back Championships the Broncos won in the late 90's?  One of the stat-heads that read this site will quickly answer this question in the comments, but I know it can't be more than 1 or 2 - if that - in all the NFL.  As each year has gone by more and more of the Broncos mainstays from those teams - the 'glory days' as you will - have gone.  Rod Smith, Tom Nalen, and now Jason Elam.  Elam was about as close as it gets to a sure thing, especially in crunch time.  Really, as I sit here with my coffee trying to think of it, I can't think of a big kick he missed.  He wasn't perfect, but it reminds me of John Elway - I can't think of a bad pass Elway made during his career either.  So Elam, with all the grace and professionalism he showed during his 17-year career came back home.  It was a bitter-sweet moment.  Elam retiring as a Bronco is 100% right, but watching another of the Super Bowl-era Broncos leave the game reminds us all just how special those teams were, and how long it's been.

VIDEO - 1-on-1 with Jason Elam -- DenverBroncos.com
Jason Elam talks to Broncos TV about his career and retiring as a Bronco.

VIDEO - Jason Elam Retirement Press Conference -- DenverBroncos.com
Kicker Jason Elam talks about his career and how thankful he feels to officially retire as a Bronco.

VIDEO - Jason Elam Highlights -- DenverBroncos.com
Kicker Jason Elam will retire as a Bronco, here are some highlights from his career.

'An Awesome, Awesome Journey' - DenverBroncos.com
After 263 games in 17 seasons, Jason Elam came back to where he spent 236 and 15 of them.

2010 Preseason Schedule Announced - DenverBroncos.com
Broncos fans, look to the north.

Elam’s place in team history | All Things Broncos
Jason Elam will be eligible to join the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2015 — an honor he deserves after 15 stellar years as the team’s kicker.

Paige: Hall of Fame should make room for Elam - The Denver Post
Jason Elam was as dependable as a Waikiki sunset, reliable as Jeeves the butler. He was better than your mom's meatloaf. He had a stronger finishing kick than Usain Bolt. He was on target more than Wyatt Earp.

Elam back as Bronco to kick off retirement - The Denver Post
Jason Elam doesn't need a highlight video to remind him of the best times from his 17-year NFL career. All he has to do his close his eyes, and his mind is flooded with the images of dramatic game-winning field goals he made as the Broncos' kicker from 1993-2007 and of the 152 victories he was part of during that time.

Lions, Steelers Denver-bound for preseason - The Denver Post
The Broncos will host Detroit and Pittsburgh in their two home preseason games, the NFL announced Wednesday.

How McNabb’s roster bonus affects a trade | National Football Post
Although this is a major organizational decision to move on from the team’s signature player for the past decade, it appears to be more about Kevin Kolb than McNabb.

The NFP Super 30 | National Football Post
With more pro days comes more reshuffling in the NFP’s newest Super 30, as we hit the home stretch toward draft day.

Source: Kyle Wilson, Kareem Jackson, Nolan Carroll visit Steelers | National Football Post
Investigating the possibility of drafting a cornerback, the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted a trio of defensive backs at team headquarters Wednesday.

Griffen shines at USC Pro Day | National Football Post
USC junior defensive end Everson Griffen turned in an impressive workout at his campus Pro Day, running the 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds at 268 pounds, according to Scout.com.

Colt McCoy turns in solid workout | National Football Post
University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy completed every pass during the Longhorns' annual Pro Day workout.

Report: Javon Walker offered to refund Al Davis | National Football Post
The Oakland Raiders have made plenty of head-scratching moves since appearing in Super Bowl XXXVII. Too many to count. But it’s difficult to come up with one that bombed more than the addition of wide receiver Javon Walker, who pocketed $17 million for 15 receptions over the course of two seasons.

Dez Bryant sounds off on pro day workout | National Football Post
Dez Bryant is certainly a target—not only for quarterbacks, but critics as well.

Troy Smith hires Neil Cornrich | National Football Post
Baltimore Ravens backup quarterback Troy Smith has changed representation, hiring Neil Cornrich as his new agent, according to NFL Players Association records

Joey Porter won't face DUI, assault charges | National Football Post
Arrested on charges of DUI, resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer over the weekend in Bakersfield, Calif., Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Joey Porter won't be charged with any crimes.

Rams to work out Colt McCoy | National Football Post
The St. Louis Rams are set to conduct a private workout with University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, according to ESPN.

Bengals re-sign Frostee Rucker | National Football Post
Cincinnati Bengals veteran defensive end Frostee Rucker has signed a two-year contract, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

2010 preseason schedule to feature entire 2009 playoff field
The NFL's slate of 11 nationally televised preseason games will feature the entire 2009 playoff field, one of the highlights of the 65-game 2010 NFL preseason schedule announced Wednesday.

Sanchez 100% for Training Camp? 'Absolutely' : New York Jets News
Mark Sanchez says he's well aware of how nervous Jets fans of a certain age get when the talk turns to their starting quarterback and the state of his knees.

NFL.com Blogs " Blog Archive Caldwell sees Tebow as second-round pick "
Finding opinions on Tim Tebow’s pro prospects isn’t difficult. Some, however, are closer to the source than others.

Alex Brown posts goodbye to Bears "
Alex Brown hasn’t been traded or released by the Bears, but he clearly expects to be. He’s already saying goodbye.

AFC draft needs: Team-by-team look at what holes have to be filled
Analysis: Denver fans wonder where the playmakers have gone. Jay Cutler was traded last offseason and WR Brandon Marshall could be gone by the draft. The good news, Denver went out and bought a defensive line in free agency, as the Broncos continue the conversion from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 scheme. At this point, the Broncos need to address the other components of a 3-4, namely the inside and outside linebackers. LB Rolando McClain would be a great fit inside and next on the list would be a pass rusher to complement Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos traded a 2010 first-pick in order to draft corner Alphonso Smith a year ago, and the jury is still out on that move. Still, Denver has the 11th overall choice thanks to the Cutler trade. Whatever compensation the Broncos get for Marshall -- most likely a second-round pick -- needs to be used on a receiver. Draft choices: Nos. 11, 45, 80, 114, 183 and 220

Buffalo would be a great landing spot for Tebow
It's easy to assume that Tim Tebow won't succeed as an NFL quarterback. The slew of negative opinions from player-personnel types, coaches and media provide the easy way to form an opinion about the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner from Florida. They focus on the massive, if not impossible, task of shortening that long, looping throwing motion that presumably won't work against NFL defenses. They focus on the multiple seasons he needs to develop, time that most coaches and general managers don't have.

Source: No front-runner in Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb trade talks - ESPN
The Philadelphia Eagles are continuing trade discussions with a number of teams about trading quarterback Donovan McNabb and those discussions could continue until draft day, a senior team official told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Tuesday.

Chiefs checking out Russell Okung - AFC West Blog - ESPN
The Chiefs are spending time with potential top picks this week.

NFL: Once viewed as a radical voice during his playing days, Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy now offers a voice of moderation in CBA negotiations - ESPN
The sight of Mark Murphy -- former player turned president of the Green Bay Packers -- walking out of the executive session room of an NFL owners meeting truly embodies the American dream. His red hair and youthful looks have hardly changed since the 1980s, when he and other members of the NFL Players Association were considered the owners' worst nightmares and the union was being called a bunch of communists. Players wanted to partner. Owners wanted no part of that.

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