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April 14, 2007 12:00 AM

Losing Al Wilson


It's hard to imagine the Broncos without Al Wilson. Much like Steve Atwater, Tom Jackson and Randy Gradishar, Wilson was the heart and soul of the Broncos defense. I don't believe you can take good veteran leadership out of a unit like that and it not have it effect the overall balnce of the team.

It's sad to see him go. Such are the realities of the NFL in the era of the salary cap. Still, don't you wish the ending could have turned out a little better.



  • April 14, 2007

    7:46 AM

    Brian in Evans writes:

    This is not a salary cap move at all. AL WiLson ranked 27th in the NFL last year among linebackers/tackles. A few big hits over-hyped how good he was. A rah rah guy that wasn't anything beyond ordinary on the field.

  • April 14, 2007

    9:59 AM

    E writes:

    Ordinary? A team captian, three 100 tackle seasons, and a 5 time pro-bowler, in eight seasons is not ordinary. There were more #56 jerseys in the stands on Sundays than anybody elses for a reason. The fans will miss the heart, passion and leadership that is Al Wilson. I just hope he is healthy enough to continue on playing football. The injury combined with the money is why they let him go.

  • April 15, 2007

    11:58 AM

    Glenn Marlow writes:

    As a life long Bronco's fan Al Wilson was one our very best and will be in with T. Jakson, Atwater, Gradishar but Al's heart can't be mached. With a huge whole left to fill.

    Glenn Marlow

  • April 16, 2007

    7:47 AM

    broncomilitia writes:

    Al neck injury is Shanny's fault?!?!?!

    come on drew!

  • April 16, 2007

    8:53 AM

    Mike writes:

    Drew nailed this one. it was, however, really nice to see Al Wilson leave with the same class he always displayed on the field.

  • April 16, 2007

    11:25 AM

    jj writes:

    The guy is hurt, he can't play. But yet the Broncos/Shanahan are expected to retain him? C'mon folks. I'm as big an Al fan as anyone, but the guy can't play for his $7 million. In the Not For Long, that means you get cut. Al Wilson himself understands this, so should we. Let's not forget that Romo was "the heart and soul" of the D that won back-to-back Superbowl Championships, that was until the team cut him to give a rookie named AL WILSON a shot. This is the sharp end of the BUSINESS that is the NFL. Fans, being fans, too often forget this.

  • April 16, 2007

    12:04 PM

    Stuart David writes:

    Bowlen said Al might not even play this year at all and Denver would consider a resigning at the end of the season if he doesn't have a contract. It will be difficult to replace his leadership (just like it will be to replace Rod's someday). But, Shanny with a smirk? Come on!

  • April 16, 2007

    12:07 PM

    Hoppman writes:

    Al was done. He was an AVERAGE middle linebacker at best. He was injury prone. He gave what he had on the field and wasn't a distraction off of it and that makes him a good guy, but it doesn't make him worth 5.1mil injured. Just think how many more tackles Al would have had he learned to wrap up and not lead with his shoulder and head going for the big shot. Plug in the next MLB and move on. That is the reality of the salary cap in the NFL.

  • April 16, 2007

    12:35 PM

    Ace writes:

    Bash Al Wilson all you like but the bottom lines is that he was the heart of the defense. Next year the defense is going to be worse then last year not because Al Wilson has been replaced by a younger, faster, better player but because there is not a leader on that side of the ball without him.

    Good luck replacing heart and drive on the defense.

    While we are at it why don't we dump Rod Smith, his year wasn't that good and we don't need another high paid team leader anyway.....!

  • April 17, 2007

    10:30 AM

    Brian writes:

    Al Wilson was the heart of the defense and he will be missed. Clearly I think this move was about more than money. I think there are bigger problems with his neck than anyone is talking about.

  • June 18, 2007

    12:42 AM

    Dirty Red writes:

    Big Al was the best damn LB in the NFL. I would take him over R.Lewis or that boy from Chicago. Al give it his all so what else can you ask for, and i'm not saying this b/c we are from the same city but the Man can play football. For you Haters that say he's washed up keep watching football b/c you will see Big Al again. Bad decision for the Broncos.

  • November 27, 2007

    6:11 PM

    TampaBRONCO writes:


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