Ed’s Take–Jan. 12, 2011

The great part about doing a weekly radio show on 87.7 FM The Ticket is that it gives me a chance to talk about the biggest stories in sports.

News came over the weekend that my former Denver Broncos teammate Shannon Sharpe has made the cut to 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011. He’s made it to this round all three years he’s been eligible, and I think this is the year. The Hall of Fame is the ultimate individual honor you can receive in the NFL. Being acknowledged in that way in front of your peers is huge, and it’s one Shannon deserves.

Shannon was the ultimate pro: On the football field, in the weight room and on the practice field he gave you everything he had all the time. Without a doubt he belongs among the greatest players in the game.

Also front and center this week is the Broncos’ head coaching search. They’ve been interviewing candidates since Sunday and one I’m very familiar with is Rick Dennison. “Rico,” as he is known, was an assistant coach on the Broncos teams I played for. He is a great guy, incredibly intelligent and has an unbelievable football mind. Rico climbed up the ranks from special teams coach to position coach to coordinator. I think he would be a great fit for Denver. He’s a class act, family man, husband, father, great coach, a hard worker and a smart guy.

Finally, I’d like to give a shout-out to D.J. Davis from Montbello, who finished his college career with Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game Monday night. The Ducks came up short, but Davis played great and represented Colorado and the Montbello community well, as he always has. It was good to see a Colorado kid represent the state so positively. If you want to know more about D.J. Davis you should read this great piece from the Denver Post.

What are your thoughts? Should Shannon Sharpe go in the Hall of Fame this year? Whom do you want to be the Broncos next head coach?