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Manning plays for first time since 2010 season; Broncos win 31-3 over Bears

 

Peyton Manning, playing in his first NFL game since the 2010 season, debut for his new team, the Denver Broncos.

He completed four of seven passes on the team’s first possession against the Chicago Bears, who were dominated by the Broncos, 31-3 on Thursday night.

Peyton Manning August 2012 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The four-time MVP with the Colts, drove the Broncos from their own 38-yard line to the Bears 12 when a deflected pass was intercepted.

In his only series on the field, Manning was 4-of-7 passing for 44 yards and the one interception. He threw a 19-yard pass to WR Eric Decker.

Overall, he looked as if he had not missed a season.

 

Info compiled from NFL, Denver Broncos, Radio & TV news

 

 

Irsay Family celebrating 40th anniversary of ownwership of Colts

 

Jim Irsay (courtesy of SMU athletics)

The 2011 National Football League season marks the 40th anniversary of the Irsay family owning the Colts franchise.

In July, 1972, the Baltimore Colts came under new ownership as Robert Irsay acquired the team from Carroll Rosenbloom in exchange for the Los Angeles Rams.

The Irsays moved the franchise from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1983.

In 1997, Jim Irsay became the team’s Owner & CEO.

Jim’s father Robert, was a Chicago businessman.

Since the Irsay family acquired the Colts, the team has won 297 games while appearing in the playoffs 17 times, two Super Bowls and one Super Bowl win in XLI in 2006 against Chicago.

Info courtesy of the Indianapolis Colts

Minnesota Golden Gophers dump Brewster; alumnus Tony Dungy not interested

Tim Brewster couldn't get it done (Minnesota photo)

Tim Brewster, who arrived in Minnesota promising high caliber football, the Rose Bowl and a Big Ten championship, has joined a long list of football coaches who haven’t been able to get the job done at the Minneapolis school.

Brewster, was fired Sunday after just 3 1/2 years on the job. He was let go one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Purdue to fall to 1-6 in his fourth season on the sidelines. Brewster went 15-30 at Minnesota, 6-21 in the Big Ten and the loss to the Boilermakers was their sixth straight defeat.

He never beat Minnesota’s chief rivals, Wisconsin and Iowa and was 0-10 in trophy games.

He will be paid $600,000 to buyout his contract.

He was hired at Minnesota as the head coach after never have been a head coach or a coordiantor in college or the NFL.

Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi asked former star QB Tony Dungy to take over the program, but he wasn’t interested. Instead, the former Colts and Buccaneers coach will guide the search committee who want the right coach like when they hired Tubby Smith for the basketball team.

compiled from staff & Minnesota athletics

Former NFL Player Nick Rogers dead at age 30 from car accident

compiled from staff, wire NFL and Georgia Tech info

Nick Rogers (Ga. Tech photo)

Former NFL player and Georgia Tech star Nick Rogers has died in a on-car accident. He was 30.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office says that Rogers was killed about 1:30 a.m. Monday when his car hit a utility pole in College Park, a suburb of Atlanta.

Rogers had 16 1/2 sacks as a defensive end at Georgia Tech and was drafted in the sixth round in 2002.

Rogers, a 250-pound linebacker, spent four years in the NFL with Green Bay, Indianapolis, Miami and Minnesota.

He started 16 games in each of two seasons with the Vikings in 2002-2003. The next season he was with the Packers for 10 games and the Colts for one. His final NFL season was 2005, when he played three games with the Miami Dolphins.

Rogers most recently played for Colorado of the Arena Football League in 2008.