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Count Terrell Davis among the many former football players who are understandably uneasy about the long-term impact the sport may have on their lives.

The former Denver Broncos running back detailed the widespread concerns during an interview with the Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post ahead of this weekend’s Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.

“I can’t lie, we’re all scared,” Davis said. “We’re concerned because we don’t know what the future holds. When I’m at home and I do something, if I forget something I have to stop to think, ‘Is this because I’m getting older or I’m just not using my brain, or is this an effect of playing football? I don’t know that.'”

The comments from Davis come just one week after a study published findings that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head, was discovered in 99 percent of brains of deceased players.

With the new-age information on brain injuries in mind, Davis recalled a well-documented story about him playing through a migraine during a Super Bowl XXXII victory over the Green Bay Packers.

“I think about that moment a lot because if they had the rules in place then, I don’t go back into that game,” Davis said. “And that changes a lot. Am I here? Thank God it didn’t happen like that.”

Davis, who will be inducted alongside the greatest players in football history Saturday night, played seven seasons in the NFL from 1995-2001, all of which with the Broncos.

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The Broncos and general manager/vice president John Elway have agreed to a new five-year contract extension that will keep him in Denver through the 2021 season, the team announced Monday.

“We’re pleased to reach an agreement on a five-year contract with John to continue leading our football operations,” Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis said. “During these last six seasons, John’s clearly established himself as one of the best general managers in all of sports. He’s demonstrated impressive football instincts, a strong business acumen, and a consistent ability to build competitive teams.

“There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”

As reportedly expected, Elway’s new deal is expected to make him the NFL’s highest paid in his position, though the figures are not yet known, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who first broke the news.

Elway will apparently blow the ceiling off the market, earning just under double that of the current highest-paid GMs, Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens and John Schneider of the Seattle Seahawks, who both make $3.75 million a year.

It’s hard to argue that Elway doesn’t deserve his big payday, however. The 57-year-old has overseen a highly successful period for the Broncos, in which they’ve posted a winning record in every season and appeared in two Super Bowls, winning one in 2015.

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Von Miller knows there are far more important things in life than what happens on the football field.

In reference to the apparent revelation that Tom Brady had a concussion last season, the Denver Broncos superstar was asked if he’d self-report a concussion by Dominic Bonvissuto of The MMQB.

Miller gave an affirmative, citing the importance of health and the seriousness of concussions.

“I just play football, it’s not life or death out here,” Miller said. “At the end of the day, I’m just a grown man playing a child’s game. Health is the most important thing. If I get a broken fingernail, I’m coming off the field. If it’s something serious like a concussion, I’m definitely going to go and get it checked out.”

Understanding that no head injury is worth the risk of putting yourself in danger, there are likely countless players who share Miller’s thoughts on reporting concussions.

One of the many challenges the NFL faces in combating the ongoing epidemic, though, is that so many others either don’t want to come off the field or believe they can’t afford to miss time.

Perhaps Miller and other players of his stature speaking out can be a step in the right direction as the league continues to address this all-important issue.

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DENVER – John Elway insists he’ll sign a new contract with the Denver Broncos before the start of the season.Entering the final year of his contract as general manager and executive vice president of football operations, Elway said there were no hang-ups in negotiations.

”We’re continuing to work at it. I don’t see any problems with that. I look forward to being here with the Broncos for a long time,” Elway said before receiving the 2017 Community Enrichment Award at the Mizel Institute’s annual dinner.

Elway said, ”I don’t think there will be any doubt” that the deal will get done by the time the Broncos begin the season Sept. 11 against the Chargers.

That would mark nearly a year since the club first approached Elway about an extension in October.

The issue came up throughout last season and again over the winter. Team president Joe Ellis had hoped to get a deal done earlier this year, saying at the league’s winter meetings that his wish was that ”we can get this thing resolved sooner rather than later.”

Elway, however, was focused on hiring a new coach following Gary Kubiak’s surprise retirement and replenishing his roster after Denver’s five-year reign as AFC West champs ended with a playoff-less 9-7 season in 2016.

Asked about his contract at the NFL combine, Elway said, ”it’s just not a huge rush.” He then sidestepped questions about his contract status when pressed during the NFL draft last month, insisting he was focused on improving his roster and not dealing with his own situation.

Elway was honored for his ”outstanding contributions in sports, business and philanthropy and his work to significantly enhance the lives of others,” according to the Denver-based Mizel Institute, which consists of a Jewish art, culture and history museum and the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab.

Previous winners include Broncos owner Pat Bowlen in 2013. Bowlen stepped away from the team a few years ago while battling Alzheimer’s. His family, including wife Annabel, was in attendance Wednesday night, which Elway said was ”a treat and very humbling for me.”

”The fact that for the last 34 years they’ve given me the opportunity to be able to do what I do in football and the Broncos have given me that opportunity as well as the whole Bowlen family, I’m thrilled that they’re here,” Elway said.

Elway, who joined the Broncos front office in 2011, played for Denver from 1983-98 during a Hall of Fame career capped with back-to-back Super Bowl titles.

He was drafted No. 1 overall by the Baltimore Colts, who traded him to Denver.

”Edgar Kiser at the time was able to make the deal with the Colts and bring me here to Colorado and that’s why I’m so blessed,” Elway said. ”Colorado has been so great to me and my family. The opportunity that the Bowlens have provided me as a football player and now as a general manager is beyond belief. I’m very blessed to be able to be in Colorado.”

He insisted he’s ”not going anywhere.”

”This will always be my home,” Elway said.

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There really is only one Peyton Manning.

In the year since he played his last snap, stories about who Manning was on and off the field have continually been shared as the football world collectively misses seeing “The Sheriff” hit the field.

The latest telling anecdote comes from retired umpire Butch Hannah in a profile by Mark Wiedmer of the Chattanooga News-Free Press.

Hannah shared a particularly polite exchange with Manning that started in 2014 when Manning’s Denver Broncos were playing the Miami Dolphins. Hannah called back two Broncos touchdowns, but they still pulled out a 39-36 win, though a frustrated Manning showed another side of himself to the referee.

“Late in the game, the clock about to run out, Peyton mistimed a snap and they had to run one more play,” recalled Hannah, who’s known Manning since refereeing him in college. “Peyton said something off-color to me, which was not at all like him.

“I told him, ‘Peyton, you’re better than that.'”

A few weeks after the game, Hannah surprisingly received a FedEx package at the NFL head offices that had a personal letter from Manning.

“He said he wanted to apologize for his reaction to me that day against the Dolphins,” Hannah said. “Would I please accept his apology? That’s the only time that’s happened to me in all my years of officiating.”

Manning didn’t leave the incident alone at that point, approaching Hannah again before a preseason game the following season.

“He asks me, ‘Did you get my card?,'” Hannah remembers. “I said, ‘Peyton, you’ve got to let this go.’ He says, ‘You have no idea how upset I was with myself.’

“That’s the kind of son Archie and Olivia raised.”

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Jamaal Charles recently signed with the Denver Broncos and has since devoted himself to his new team, but it didn’t have to be that way.

On Thursday, the owner of a new one-year contract said he was open to reworking his previous deal to remain in Kansas City with the Chiefs.

“I thought maybe they would give me a grace period. But I haven’t performed the last two years,” Charles said on the “Unmatched Sports with Cal Jones” podcast, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post. “At the same time, I know it was about business. I think it would have been cool if they came and told me about a pay cut because I think I would’ve taken that pay cut, because I think I owed it to them for allowing me to be on the team.”

Instead, the Chiefs released Charles, who had one year remaining on his contract with a base salary of $3.75 million, but a cap hit of more than $6 million.

“I felt like when I got that call, it was just like, man, it was just OK, man. If it can happen to Peyton Manning it can happen to anybody,” he said.

After signing with the Chiefs’ AFC West rivals, Charles surprisingly stated he had always wanted to play for Denver. On the podcast, the running back let on that the Chiefs’ roster decision may have been more of a personal decision on both sides.

“I felt like it was more personal to the Chiefs than it was to me. Them letting me go, I love this community. I did a lot. I sweat, bleed, two ACLs, meniscus, I left that all out here in Kansas City. My heart will always be in Kansas City. It’s nothing personal,” he said.

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The AFC West just got a little more contemptuous.

The Denver Broncos signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is worth up to $3.75 million, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 30-year-old had reportedly been expected to sign with the team pending a physical. Charles is coming off an ACL tear from 2015 that kept him from making a solid contribution during the 2016 season.

Charles had spent his entire nine-year career with the Chiefs, producing five 1,000-yard rushing seasons and earning four Pro Bowl appearances.

The Broncos will bring Charles in to compete for touches with veteran C.J. Anderson, 2016 draft pick Devontae Booker, and 2017 draft pick De’Angelo Henderson. He will most likely see time as a third-down back, but he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy through training camp before securing a role.

Charles’ first chance to show his old team what they missed out on will come during Week 8, when the Broncos travel to Kansas City for a Monday night matchup.