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Monday, May 14, 2012
Denver defensive line coach retires

By Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos will have a coaching change on the defensive side of the ball.

The team announced Monday that defensive line coach Wayne Nunnely has retired. Nunnely, 60, has coached for 36 years, including the past 17 in the NFL. He was with Denver for the past three seasons. Nunnely also coached in San Diego for nearly a decade.

He will be replaced by Jay Rodgers. He has been a defensive assistant in Denver for the past three years.

“It has been an absolute dream come true for me to coach for 36 years,” Nunnely said in a statement released by the team. “I am so thankful for all the opportunities I have been given to have a positive impact on others through the game of football. More than anything, I am proud of the accomplishments of the teams and players I have been so privileged to work with over the years.

“This was not an easy decision, but it was the right one for me and my family. At this stage of my life, I want to devote more time to my wife, Velda, and the rest of our family. They have been with me every step of the way through an incredible career that I’ve been so blessed to enjoy. The NFL has a wonderful retirement plan, and it’s time for me to begin the next chapter of my life.

“The defensive line will be in good hands with Jay Rodgers, whom I’ve worked with closely for the last three years. He is very deserving of this opportunity, which he has earned through his hard work and knowledge. Jay has many great qualities as a person and coach that will make him successful in his new role.”