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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - 5/18/12


Rod Smith to Ring of Fame
On Thursday, Owner/CEO Pat Bowlen announced that wide receiver Rod Smith has been elected as the 23rd member of the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Smith Reflects on Ring of Fame "
Earlier this morning, Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen called former wide receiver Rod Smith and notified him that he had been voted into the Broncos Ring of Fame in his first year of eligibility. That call started a chain of phone calls and text messages that would flood the franchise’s all-time leading receiver’s phone.

Rod Smith Tribute
Highlights of the newest Denver Broncos Ring-of-Famer Rod Smith.

MaxDenver " Somehow the Ring of Fame Just Isn’t Enough for Rod Smith
There are no "Employee of the Month" plaques displayed anywhere at Broncos headquarters. If there were, they would have been useless, because for more than a decade, the only name displayed would have been Rod Smith’s.

Denver Broncos Blogs

Rod Smith elected to Broncos' Ring of Fame - The Denver Post
when the newest member of the Broncos' Ring of Fame, former wide receiver Rod Smith, celebrated Thursday with a series of text messages with Brian Heimerdinger, the topic was Mike Heimerdinger, Brian's father and former Broncos assistant coach who died of cancer last year.

DE Malik Jackson Accustomed to Transitions - Predominantly Orange
When the Denver Broncos selected defensive end Malik Jackson out of Tennessee in the 5th round of the draft, the Robert Ayers comparisons flew left and right.

Division News

Will Rolando McClain miss playing time? - AFC West Blog - ESPN
I have received a lot of questions from readers this afternoon about how much of the 2012 season Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain will miss because of his court case in Alabama.

Philip Rivers aiming to cut down on Chargers turnovers -
After accounting for 25 of the 28 giveaways the 2011 San Diego Chargers had during their disappointing 8-8 season, including a career-high 20 interceptions, quarterback Philip Rivers is looking to improve his ball security.

Chargers' Turner: TE Antonio Gates is 'back' physically -
Plagued by foot injuries that have kept him out of nine games over the last two season, San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is a healthy participant in the team's offseason program, Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reported.

Le'Ron McClain gives Chargers options - AFC West Blog - ESPN
San Diego coach Norv Turner is thrilled about the addition of former Kansas City fullback Le’Ron McClain to the Chargers’ backfield - Chargers will add RB, but it won't be Tomlinson
After losing Darren Sproles and Mike Tolbert in free agency the past two years, many were surprised the Chargers waited until the seventh round of last month’s NFL draft to select a running back.

Matt Cassel gets support from Chiefs GM Piolil -
We heard a fair amount of chatter before the draft about Kansas City pursuing a young quarterback. Perhaps it was posturing, but the Chiefs appeared ready to make a run at Ryan Tannehill if he fell to them at No. 11.

Dontari Poe is the lone unsigned Chiefs pick | ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs have signed all of their draft picks except for first-round defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Future Foes

Panthers rookie: I played in the SEC, NFL speed is not overwhelming | ProFootballTalk
Rookies frequently report after their first NFL practices that the biggest adjustment they’ll have to make is getting accustomed to the speed of professional football. But Panthers rookie receiver Joe Adams doesn’t see it that way. - Steelers' Dwyer trying to break through
In the 2010 draft, the Steelers liked Jonathan Dwyer enough to take him seven picks before Antonio Brown.

Connor Barth signs four-year, $13.2M deal with Bucs -
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday that they have signed franchised kicker Connor Barth to a four-year contract. - Jones could help Ravens on multiple fronts
WR Jacoby Jones’ skill set fits the Ravens in multiple ways. Given his good speed, he could be an asset to a passing game that likes to stretch the field.

Blaine Gabbert not taking Jaguars starting job lightly -
Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey has already named second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert his starter, but the No. 10-overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft is not taking his spot at the top of the depth chart for granted,

NFL News

Andrew Sweat: Concussion fears led me to turn down the NFL | ProFootballTalk
After playing linebacker at Ohio State for four years, Andrew Sweat signed as an undrafted free agent with the Browns this month. But Sweat surprised the Browns by changing his mind and leaving the team’s rookie minicamp over the weekend.

Deion Sanders downplays risks of concussions in youth football -
NFL Network analyst and Hall of Famer Deion Sanders downplayed the risk of concussions in youth football on Thursday, citing poor coaching by inexperienced "dads" as one of the key contributing factors.

Ex-Player Writes Dissertation on Post-Football Struggles -
When former N.F.L. player Junior Seau committed suicide, perhaps nobody understood what might have happened better than George Koonce - Israel's national football team plays first game
PETAH TIKVA, Israel (AP) — There were no cheerleaders, tailgaters and not that many spectators. The gridiron was marked over a baseball diamond, and the home side scored one touchdown while conceding seven.

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