Thursday, December 31, 2009

Reviewing The Decade: Year 2002

The year 2oo2 was bitter-sweet for the Broncos. The team finished 9-7, second in the AFC West and missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year. Terrell Davis announced his retirement in Pre-Season. In the Broncos final pre season game against the 49ers, Davis walked through the tunnel in uniform, got a standing ovation from the crowd, and gave a final 'Mile High Salute'. It was the end of an era in Broncos history, and a very sad time for the Broncos and their fans. But 2002 was also the start of another running backs career, and it brought hope back to the hearts of Bronco fans. Clinton Portis and Ashley Lelie were the Broncos top 2 draft picks in 2002, and they both made an instant impact on offense. His rookie year Portis rushed for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. Ashley Lelie averaged 15 yards a catch, and became the Broncos new deep threat. With two young offensive talents and a mean defense led by a strong linebacker corps the Broncos were going in the all the right directions.

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