2019 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Experience

This year, a bucket list item of mine was finally crossed off when I visited the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I would certainly recommend it if you have a wide knowledge of the history of professional football, and would like to see upfront some of the icons that have placed the sport where it is today. Venture beyond the fold to sample some of my journey as I can best explain it in words and images.

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2019 Training Camp: Day 14 Recap and Report

While I attended part of Monday’s Day 13 of training camp, RSH has you more than covered on the action that went on then, better than I could say due to my later arrival. Day 14, on the other hand, I attended in full, and thus have a better understanding of the full context of the practice than I did the day before. So let’s get right to that.

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2019 Training Camp: Day 13 Recap and Report

Day 13 of Denver Broncos’ Training Camp had its ups and downs. There were some dynamic plays, and there were some really sloppy plays. The story of the day was the fight between Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton, which I did not witness. According to those who were within earshot, Sanders was upset with Sutton for chastising teammates concerning mistakes and sloppiness at practice when Sutton was part of that problem. Allegedly, Sanders also told Sutton that he hasn’t proven himself in the league yet. Most of the players interviewed after practice view the matter as a non-issue.

Concerning the Sanders-Sutton altercation, Vic Fangio said, “Not good. Can’t happen. Shouldn’t happen.” When Brandon Stokley inquired further about whether the dustup was cause for long-term concern, Fangio went on to say, “I don’t think so. As you well know, being an ex-receiver, there’s a bunch of divas in there. . . . Hopefully it’s just a rare episode. If it continues, then it’s a problem.”

For the last third of practice, I had the privilege to meet and sit with the man—Nick—who has made Thin Air possible. Nick was kind enough to show me some photos from his trip to see Pat Bowlen and Champ Bailey enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I am really looking forward to his forthcoming article on his Canton experience. Andrew Mason also gave Nick a shout-out on Twitter for sporting a Ryan Clady jersey to the practice session.

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2019 Training Camp: Day 9 (Stadium Scrimmage) Recap and Report

After a five-year hiatus, I was elated to return to Broncos Field at Mile High to attend this year’s stadium scrimmage. One of the many great attributes of Vic Fangio is how much he appears to appreciate the fans and his sincere desire to gain their support. Fangio described his reasoning for having a stadium scrimmage when the idea was presented to him following his hiring: “Just to go down there. New staff, players—just get in an NFL stadium. That’s a pretty nice stadium down there. Pretty imposing. I think it’s good… It will be good for the young guys.”

One of my best friends, who I had not seen in over six years, accompanied me to the scrimmage. Beforehand, we were able to find a pretty good taco spot just south of 6th Avenue on Federal Boulevard called, La Junta, which should not be confused with the Southeastern Colorado town of the same namesake.

My friend and I arrived in our seats near the 30-yard line on the westside of the stadium about ten minutes before the scrimmage commenced. Aside from some bouts of scorching sun before the shade set in, the weather was cooperative. Thankfully, some ominous skies did not result in any lightning or rain delays like in 2013, which significantly shortened the scrimmage that year.

While I brought a paper pad and pencil to this year’s scrimmage, my observations and details were not as fixed due to catching up with my friend. Nevertheless, here are some notes and thoughts for you to dissect and digest.

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