The Denver Broncos open training camp at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre, the first training
camp to be held at the team’s permanent training facility in suburban Denver.
Wide receiver Rod Smith returns a punt 65 yards for a touchdown vs. San Diego. Coupled with Deltha O’Neal’s 57-yard punt return for a score in the Denver Broncos previous game vs. New England (Nov. 3), the Denver Broncos become the first team in NFL history to have a different player return a punt for a touchdown in back-to-back games.
Jason Elam scores his 1,300th career point, reaching that milestone in fewer games than any player in NFL history (170).
The Denver Broncos defeat Indianapolis 31-17 at the RCA Dome in an ESPN-televised Sunday night game to clinch
the organizatoin’s first playoff berth since the 2000 season. In the game Rod Smith passes Terrell Davis (8,887 yards) for most career total yards from scrimmage by a Denver Bronco, and Shannon Sharpe passes Henry Ellard (814) for ninth
place on the all-time NFL receptions list.
MAJOR TRADES FOR THE DENVER BRONCOS
Obtained 4th-2003 (DE Bryant McNeal) and 5th-2003 (C Ben Claxton) from New England in exchange for 4th-2003 (CB
Obtained 4th-2003 (RB Quentin Griffin), 4th-2003 [traded to New England (CB Asante Samuel) in exchange for 4th-
2003 (DE Bryant McNeal) and 5th-2003 (C Ben Claxton)] and 7th-2003 (DE Clint Mitchell) from Carolina in exchange
for 3rd-2003 (DB Ricky Manning).