Broncos, Briefly: Friday, June 8, 2018

The Broncos wound up 5-11 last year, in part because they never did decide on their quarterback. How they'll finish this year is subject to conjecture, but not at quarterback.

Among the many position battles confronting the Denver Broncos this offseason, none may be more interesting than the running backs. Gone are the days of C.J. Anderson sitting atop the depth chart, as a number of young backs now have the opportunity to jostle for the starting position.

That “big-old helmet” is the easy descriptor for what’s known specifically as the “VICIS Zero1.” Cravens’ specialty lid combines a flexible polymer shell on the outside with advanced padding technology on the inside to best combat the potential for brain injury. For two consecutive years, VICIS has earned the NFLPA’s highest safety rating as part of its annual helmet laboratory testing.

But they were really there to honor Gillingham, who survived tuberculosis as a boy in England and Nazi aerial bombardments as a teenager during World War II, worked as a cowboy in Australia, became an exercise innovator at the Denver Downtown YMCA in the 1960s, was designated a “Colorado National Monument” by former Gov. Richard Lamm in 1981 and led the Denver Broncos in aerobics classes when John Elway was a shaggy-haired rookie.

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