AFC West: Rosalind Williams

The family of slain Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams is hopeful their long journey for justice is about to end.

The murder trial of Denver area gang member Willie Clark is set to start this week in Denver. Clark is accused of gunning down Williams in the early hours of Jan. 1, 2007 after Williams hosted a New Year’s Eve party in downtown Denver. Williams was riding in a rented limousine at the time of his death. Williams was a popular second-year starting right cornerback for Denver.

Williams’ family spokesman Troy Asmus said several members of Williams’ family, including his mother Rosalind Williams, are expected to attend much of the trial. The family lives in Fort Worth, Texas. The trial may last more than two weeks.

“We’re just hoping and praying for the justice to come to light,” Asmus said. “The family needs closure.”

Posted by's Bill Williamson

No. 27 is back in circulation in Denver.

The number was put on hiatus as a tribute to slain cornerback Darrent Williams. The popular Williams, who was 24 at the time of his death, was shot and killed in downtown Denver on Jan. 1, 2007, hours after the team's season ended.

After not being used the past two seasons, the number will be worn by Denver rookie running back Knowshon Moreno. The Broncos picked Moreno, out of Georgia, with the 12th choice in last weekend's draft. He is expected to be the starting running back for an offense that may become more run-oriented in the wake of the Jay Cutler trade to Chicago.

Moreno, who wore No. 24 in college (currently worn by All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey in Denver), asked the Broncos to wear No. 27. The Broncos then called Williams' mother, Rosalind Williams, to ask permission to use the number. The Williams family called the Broncos back and gave their blessing for Moreno to wear the number -- on one condition.

They plan to ask Moreno to donate a few hours of his time each month to the Darrent Williams Teen Center, which was opened in a low-income part of Denver last May to honor the Williams' memory. Moreno wore the number at the team's minicamp practice Friday.

"We knew that number wasn't going to be on the shelf forever," said Troy Asmus, the Williams family's spokesman. "We would like Knowshon to be part of the community center to help with the growth and maturation of these kids."

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Rosalind Williams, the mother of slain Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams, just released a statement on the indictment of a suspect in her son's death:

"This afternoon I did receive a call advising me the news of the indictment of Willie Clark. This is a positive step in the process to the conviction of my son's killer or killers. We still have a long way to go, but I'd like to thank Detective [Michael)] Martinez and everyone else involved for all of their hard work and continued dedication."