Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Bronco Nation In Mourning

Cornerback Shot Dead Outside of Denver Nightclub

I am a die-hard Broncos fan. I grew up following the careers of Karl Mecklenberg, Randy Gradishar, Terrell Davis, Tom Jackson, Shannon Sharpe, Jason Elam, Steve Atwater, Gary Zimmerman, Dennis Smith and the list goes on and on. I practically bleed orange and blue. I have been blessed to attend one Broncos game but that was during my junior year in high school.

However, it's been a sad few days for Broncos fans and football fans in general. My thoughts and prayers go out to the team and the family of Darrent Williams. He was a shining, rising star with the Denver Broncos and complimented Champ Bailey on defense. He will be missed greatly. Rest in Peace, Darrent!

Others React To Darrent Williams Death

"He is in a limo, you think he's doing all the right things, he's not driving ... I mean, who shoots up a limo? But you've always got to watch your surroundings. It's a sad situation for him for that to even happen. That's some of the stuff you deal with when you're in the limelight, people get jealous for all type of different situations. Nobody knows what happens, but it definitely went too far." -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Joey Porter, himself shot outside a Denver nightclub in 2003.

"He was a great guy. You kind of don't believe it at first until you get called a couple of times. The first one you're like 'Stop playing,' then you get hit all night about it and you start to believe it. He was a great dude to hang around with, a good friend. He was real outgoing, just a good guy." -- Houston Texans and former Broncos running back Ron Dayne.

"He's a great kid, did a great job for us. I talked to a couple of (Denver) coaches this morning and a couple of our players that know him very well and it's very unfortunate. The kid had a great future." -- Houston Texans coach and former Broncos assistant Gary Kubiak.

"All of us are devastated by this tragedy. To lose a young player, and more important, a great young man such as Darrent Williams, is incomprehensible. To lose him in such a senseless manner as this is beyond words. ... Darrent was a wonderful young man, and his passing is a great loss for his family, the Broncos and the city." -- Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.