Posted Wed Apr 7th by Jonathan Douglas
We all know that another key member of our Super Bowl dynasty retired last week. Jason Elam ended his 17 year career ranked sixth in NFL history with 1983 points scored. He jointly holds the record for the longest field goal (63 yards). He went to three Pro Bowls, and personally accounted for 26 career game-winning or game-saving field goals. He will go into the Ring of Fame, he might go into the Hall of Fame and he most certainly was the best damn kicker in Broncos history.
I’d like to add my personal fan-based ‘thank you’ to ole #1…
Jason, you deserve to be in the Hall of Fame and I truly hope you get there; however, I admire you most for your outstanding character and personal witness. You have been an unapologetic Christian athlete long before it was cool for College QB’s to reference their faith. More importantly, you never held your beliefs over anyone, but rather lived by example. Thank you for the memories and thank you for that example.
Good luck and may God bless your ongoing mission work!
And now, I must express my thanks to someone else. Someone that made Elam’s retirement as a Bronco possible. Because, two years removed from his organization and with almost none of the same faces both on the field and in the front office, Pat Bowlen still went out of his way to honor his former kicker in a way most players (let alone kickers) get a chance to do.
I think it speaks volumes for Mr. Bowlen and the type of organization he’s labored to create at Dove Valley.
My hats off to you Mr. Bowlen for caring not just for your team and your city, but for caring for your players as human beings and friends. Your character in this time as well as countless other times has clearly singled you out as both a deeply passionate and compassionate man.
Denver is lucky to have you. You are, hands down, the best owner in sport. Period.