9/11 ten years later: What would big stories in Denver have been if the world hadn't changed?
Years after his retirement, Ed McCaffrey continues to be a favorite of Broncos fans -- but he was even more of an icon in 2001. So fans were thunderstruck when he broke his leg in gruesome fashion during the very first game of the season, before a national television audience (more on that in the top selection). Anecdote: At the time, McCaffrey's son attended a school at which my wife was assistant principal -- and while the rest of the nation was grappling with 9/11, he was dealing with his dad's hospitalization. For his part, McCaffrey didn't learn about what happened in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania until he emerged from surgery.