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Plummer Rekindles Love For Football

On the eve of the N.F.L. season, inside a modest, newly purchased home in East Boulder, Colo., the former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer (shown in AP file photo with Denver in 2006) mounted a photograph of himself breaking free for a touchdown for Arizona State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1997. This was a big step. His previous home did not have any signs of his achievements as an athlete. Five years ago, Plummer could not pack up the mementos from his successful college career and his 10 seasons in the N.F.L. quickly enough. Plummer went 39-15 as a starter for the Broncos, but he was benched and then traded the season after taking them to within a game of the Super Bowl. Instead of honoring the trade and taking $5.3 million to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Plummer retired at 32 and essentially disappeared from public view. A quarterback known for his daring decisions and scrambling abilities, Plummer moved away with his wife, Kollette, a former Broncos cheerleader, to a remote pocket of northern Idaho/Hunter Adkins, New York Times. More here.

DFO: Sounds as though Plummer has moved from Sandpoint back to Colorado.

Question: Did you ever get burned out on something you previously loved?

Tebow’s Religious Talk Bugs Plummer

Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is a Christian, as he rarely misses an opportunity to say. Former Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer says he’s heard it enough from Tebow that he doesn’t need to hear it any more. In an interview with 910-AM in Phoenix, Plummer said that he thinks highly of the way Tebow is winning games in Denver, but he wishes Tebow would cool it on turning post-game interviews into an opportunity to proselytize. “I wish he’d just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates,” Plummer said, via “I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ then I think I’ll like him a little better. I don’t hate him because of that, I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff”/Michael David Smith, NBC Sports. More here.

Question: Does Tim Tebow's witness for Jesus Christ bug you?

Capone’s Huddle Left $$$ On Table

It’s not every day that someone turns down $5.3 million over a coupla brewskies at Capone’s in Midtown Coeur d’Alene. But ex-NFL QB Jake Plummer did just that – in summer 2007, while quaffing $3 Molsons served by Tom Capone’s servers. Writer Chris Ballard provides the details in a nine-page feature story in the Feb. 14 issue of Sports Illustrated. The offer to Plummer, who now coaches Sandpoint High football, was made by then-coach Jon Gruden and GM Bruce Allen of Tampa Bay. Ballard writes: “Gruden leaned in and started selling. Join us in Tampa Bay, he said, and with our defense and your leadership we’ll have a shot at the Big One. Come to Florida, he said, and you’ll be the hero you could never be in Denver in the shadow of John Elway.” Plummer told the Tampa Bay jumbos that their offer was “sweet.” But not sweeter than the freedom he’d found in retirement/DFO, Huckleberries, SR. More here.

Question: Which Capone dish is your favorite?

NFL QB, Bucs Coach Met @ Capones

In the current, pre-swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, writer Chris Ballard tells of a 2007 meeting at Capones in Midtown between NFL QB Jake Plummer and then Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden. Gruden and his traveling partner, GM Bruce Allen, visited Coeur d'Alene to try to talk Plummer out of retirement. They were carrying two footballs and a pair of new cleats. Ballard continues: “Shortly after 6 p.m. the duo walked into Capone's, a sports bar in Coeur d'Alene where people gather to watch Broncos games, play pool and drink $3 Molsons. Ten minutes later Jake Plummer and his wife, Kollette, walked in. Gruden rose and mustered all of his considerable charm, pumping Jake's hand and telling him how excited he, Jon Gruden, guru of quarterbacks, was to sit down and talk football with Jake Plummer, the ultimate gunslinger. Beers were consumed, pizzas were ordered. By and by, Gruden and Allen made their pitch.” Ultimately, Plummer turned down Gruden's $5.3 million offer and now helps coach football at Sandpoint High. SI story here. (AP file photo of Plummer warming up before Denver-Pittsburgh playoff game in January 2006)

Question: Have you ever turned down a good-paying job to pursue a dream?

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