AFC West: Rich Upchurch

The remembrances of Al Davis continue.

This time, friends and family will memorialize Davis this week in Las Vegas. It’s the perfect time for the celebration, as Davis would have turned 83 on Wednesday. Davis died in October 2011.

I was told Monday that several former players and coaches will attend the "first-class" celebration, one that new Raiders owner Mark Davis played a big role in organizing.

Davis deserved nothing less.

In other AFC West news:

In an Insider piece, Insider Adam Schefter looks at the chances of a breakout season for Oakland receiver Denarius Moore and the Chiefs’ season outlook in a mailbag.

— Former Denver star returner Rick Upchurch is in a battle with leukemia. In another sad story, former San Diego linebacker Steve Hendrickson is dealing with some serious health issues. Our best wishes go out to both Upchurch and Hendrickson in these difficult times.

Broncos reveal 50th anniversary team

September, 15, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

The Denver Broncos have released their all-time 50th Anniversary team that was chosen by fan voting. The team will be recognized Oct. 11 against New England.

It looks to me that the fans got this line right. There are some superstars on this team. Here’s the list:

First-team Offense

QB John Elway

RB Terrell Davis

RB Floyd Little

WR Ed McCaffrey

WR Rod Smith

TE Shannon Sharpe

OT Matt Lepsis

OT Gary Zimmerman

G Keith Bishop

G Mark Schlereth

C Tom Nalen

First-team Defense

DE Simon Fletcher

DE Rich Jackson

DT Trevor Pryce

DT Rubin Carter

LB Karl Mecklenburg

LB Randy Gradishar

LB Tom Jackson

CB Champ Bailey

CB Louis Wright

S Steve Atwater

S Dennis Smith

First-team Specialists

K Jason Elam

P Tom Rouen

Ret Rick Upchurch