Jerry Rosburg gets his chance as a head coach after 40 years

Jerry Rosburg gets his chance as a head coach after 40 years

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Jerry Rosburg was more than three years into his retirement from a 40-year career as an assistant coach when a phone call in mid-September interrupted his morning coffee as he sat in his lakeside deck in Florida.

Was it his old friend George Paton, who needed a favor: Would Rosburg come to Denver to take over the game-management duties of Nathaniel Hackett, who had stumbled in his first two games as the Broncos’ coach?

Rosburg accepted the offer and the challenge, setting in motion an unimaginable journey that led to an even bigger request from Paton this week.

Several years after giving up his dream of becoming a head coach, the 67-year-old special teams sage was asked to lead the Broncos for the final two weeks of the season following Hackett’s firing on Monday when the coordinator defender Ejiro Evero took advantage of the opportunity. so that he could continue to defend himself.

Again, Rosburg said yes.

After all those gigs as an assistant, starting at Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota, and going on to college in Northern Michigan, Western Michigan, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Boston College and Notre Dame and then at the NFL with the Browns, Falcons, Ravens and Broncos, Rosburg is ultimately calling the shots.

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