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Kicker Jason Elam get his wish, retires as a Denver Bronco

compiled from staff, wire and Denver Broncos

Jason Elam had a chance to do something that most NFL players don’t have the opportunity to do, return to the team that originally drafted him and retire.

Elam signed a on-day contract earlier this week with the Denver Broncos before announcing his retirement, thus ending a 17-year NFL career.  The Pro Bowl kicker spent his first 15 years with the Broncos and 2008 and 2009 with the Atlanta Falcons who released him almost four months ago.

The Broncos drafted him in the third round in 1993. He never expected to be drafted by Denver because nobody from the organization brought him in for a workout.

Kicker Jason Elam (creative commons/wfe photo)

The 40-year-old Elam, was a member of the Broncos two Super Bowl championship teams.

The three-time Pro Bowler finished his career ranked fifth in NFL history with 1,983 points and 436 field goals. He is the all-time leader with 16 seasons of 100 or more points.

Jason shares the NFL record with Tom Dempsey of New Orleans for the longest field goal of 63 years.

Elam says there are three most memorable kicks of his career:

* number 1 was a 51-yard field goal in the Broncos win over Green Bay, “we were the underdogs and it meant so much to the organization, the teams and the city,” he said.

* number 2 was most dramatic.  A 42-yard field goal as time ran out in a 15-14 win at Buffalo, “we didn’t have any timeouts left and I had missed a couple earlier,” he said.

* number 3 was the 63-yarder.

Elam said the rough times in Atlanta in 2010 told him it was time to retire.

A Super Sunday Indeed !

Drew Brees Saints (NFL)

By Richard G. Mason

MSN Staff Writer

The New Orleans Saints 31-17 upset win over Indianapolis in Super Bowl XLIV fit a familiar pattern in recent games of the NFL’s jewel game. For the third straight season, the Super Bowl came down to the final minutes with the trailing team within a touchdown of the lead and in possession of the ball. And for the third consecutive year, a signature play sealed the game.

Two years ago, it was David Tyree’s “helmet catch” for the New York Giants which upset New England. Last year, Pittsburgh’s Santonio Holmes made a toe-tapping touchdown reception while surrounded by Arizona defenders. And this year, with the Colts driving to tie the game, Saints cornerback Tracy Porter raced 74 yards for the game-sealing interception-return touchdown.

The MVP, Saints QB Drew Brees tied a Super Bowl record 32 completions as he finished with 288 yards and two touchdowns without a single turnover. He completed 82.1 percent of his passes (32 of 39), the second-highest mark in a Super Bowl. Brees, who set the NFL single-season completion percentage mark (70.60) in the regular season, finished the game with 10 completions in a row.

There was another record set during the Super Bowl. viewing audience. It was simply, the most-viewed television program of all time. Super Bowl XLIV reached a total audience of 153.4 million viewers, making it the most-watched show in U.S. television history, according to Nielsen Media Research. The game topped the previous mark of 151.6 million viewers set last year (Arizona-Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLIII). Super Bowls account for the 19 most-watched programs in history in terms of total audience. In addition, a record average of 106.5 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIV, topping the previous mark of 106.0 million for the series-finale of M*A*S*H in 1983 and an eight percent increase over last year’s Super Bowl (98.7 million

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