Broncos defensive lineman Coleman retires

By FRANK SCHWAB - THE GAZETTE Updated: February 17, 2006 at 12:00 am • Published: February 17, 2006
Denver Broncos defensive end Marco Coleman played a career-low seven games last season, but his retirement will leave a void for the Broncos. Coleman officially retired from the NFL after 14 seasons, and Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist said Coleman’s professionalism will be missed in Denver’s locker room. “He was a great influence, not only with the defensive line, but the entire football team,” Sundquist said. “He got along with everyone, from the equipment managers and the secretaries to his teammates and coaches.” On the field, Coleman was displaced in Denver’s defensive line rotation and was inactive for nine games. He started all 16 games for the Broncos in 2004 when Trevor Pryce was injured. Coleman, a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 1992 draft, played in 207 regular-season games but never played in a Super Bowl. “Even after a long and successful career, he found a way to come to work each and every day and give his total effort this past season,” Sundquist said. Specialty plates Fans will be able to buy specialty Broncos license plates if a proposed bill is approved by the Colorado legislature. A bill was introduced on the House floor of the state Capitol on Thursday, and if it is approved the plates would be available starting Jan. 1 next year. Under the proposal, all Colorado residents who make a $30 minimum donation to Denver Broncos Charities would be eligible to purchase the plates. CONTACT THE WRITER: 476-4891 or frank.schwab@gazette.com
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