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Jake Plummer (AP/Jack Dempsey)
Jake Plummer (AP/Jack Dempsey)
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Posted Jul 8, 2004


Jake Plummer prepares for his new role, John Elway gets set for his Hall of Fame induction and first ever game at Invesco Field and the Denver Broncos ink a new television deal.

PLUMMER’S NEW ROLE:
With Shannon Sharpe headed to the friendly confines of CBS studios insiders are expecting the locker room leadership role to land squarely on the shoulders of QB Jake Plummer.
 

Plummer, no stranger to pressure, embraced the challenge by spending the majority of his off-season time in Denver establishing himself as the teams “new” leader through a series of workouts, hangouts and  celebrity benefits,

While he may not be as witty or as off-beat as Sharpe he has earned the respect of his teammates, which is more than can be said for former bust Brian Griese.  

HALL OF FAME SELLOUT:
Five-years after his retirement from the NFL John Elway is still selling out stadiums, this time it’s
Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, site of this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies.  

A record crowd of 23,000 fans will be on hand for the Aug. 8th inductions of Elway, Barry Sanders, Bob Brown and Carl Eller. 

"We have a waiting list for tickets and could have sold several thousand more tickets,” said Hall of Fame vice president Joe Horrigan. 

"John Elway has had a tremendous, tremendous impact on the ticket sales to the enshrinement," Horrigan said. "We will have the largest crowd ever coming for the enshrinement." 

“The vast majority of the ticket requests - I'd say about 80 percent - were from outside Ohio. And of the 80 percent, the vast majority were from Colorado. “We've had a lot of folks from all over the country saying they were coming to see John Elway enshrined." 

BRONCOS INK TV DEAL:
The Denver Broncos, Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain and local CBS-affiliate KCNC-TV News4 have announced a new multi-year deal that allows FOX to telecast replays of all Denver Broncos preseason games made available to its local broadcast partner.

The telecasts will be aired throughout the network’s eight-state territory, which serves nearly 3 million cable and satellite subscribers. The game replays will air exclusively on the network after a live telecast of the game airs on KCNC-TV. 

Fox Sports Net, in partnership with KCNC-TV, also will telecast an exclusive half-hour Broncos pre-game show prior to each regular season game. KCNC will also air a post-game show for 15-minutes following each Broncos regular season game, while FSN airs a continuation of the show for an additional 30-minutes. 

A GAME OF FAME:
A limited number of tickets are still available for  the August, 20th “Game of Fame” matchup which features John Elway and a Denver Broncos legends all-star team vs. Joe Montana and an NFL legends all-star team in a star-studded regulation flag football game. 

“This will be my first—and final—game ever at INVESCO Field,” said Elway.  “I’m really looking forward to playing there in front of the best sports fans in the world!” 

Tickets are $35.00 each and go on sale to the public from Ticketmaster this Saturday, June 26th. For each ticket purchased, fans will get a free John Elway “Class of 2004” collectible bobblehead. The Friday, August 20th event line-up includes a free autograph session with the players from 5-6 p.m., reserved seating to the four-quarter flag football game to start at 7 p.m., and a post-game concert by DIAMOND RIO.


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