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Published on 05/14/2012 at Mon May 14 15:15.
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Defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely during training camp at Dove Valley. (Joe Amon/The Denver Post)

After 36 years coaching football, 17 years in the pros, and three years with the Denver Broncos, defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely is retiring.

“It has been an absolute dream come true for me to coach for 36 years,” Nunnely said in a statement. “I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have been given to have a positive impact on others through the game of football. More than anything, I am proud of the accomplishments of the teams and players I have been so privileged to work with over the years.”

Nunnely continued, “This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one for me and my family. At this stage of my life, I want to devote more time to my wife, Velda, and the rest of our family. They have been with me every step of the way through an incredible career that I’ve been so blessed to enjoy. The NFL has a wonderful retirement plan, and it’s time for me to begin the next chapter of my life.”

Jay Rodgers, a Broncos defensive assistant of three years who spent 2011 working primarily with the defensive line, takes over as D-Line coach.

Odd timing, right after rookie mini-camp, but we wish Nunnely the best in retirement.

Nunnely Retires []
Rodgers Takes Over as Defensive Line Coach []

  • Anonymous

    Very difficult to rate him as a coach given the talent level just isn’t there.  He is one guy the players always spoke highly of.  Hopefully it’s not health related… God knows after 36 years the man deserves a little rest!