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Entertaining QB Osweiler in North Idaho

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. The Broncos won 30-24.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) throws against the New England Patriots during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015, in Denver. The Broncos won 30-24.(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

In a Washington Post story, reporter Kent Babb opens with a meeting among former UI/WSU/pro football coach Dennis Erickson, NFL Hall of Famer John Elway and Coeur d'Alene-born new Denver QB Brock Osweiler -- at Erickson's place in North Idaho:

Every Fourth of July, former college and NFL head coach Dennis Erickson invites a few friends to his lake house in the northern Idaho panhandle. They celebrate the holiday with golf and football discussion, and this past summer Erickson figured Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was born in Idaho and played for Erickson at Arizona State, might like to join.

They shared stories and strategies on striking the golf ball, Erickson recalled this week, and the gathering was laid back as always — despite a potentially awkward composition of companions.

Almost always, Erickson’s next-door neighbor, a former Broncos quarterback himself, tags along for the fun. But Osweiler didn’t seem the least bit intimidated by Erickson’s neighbor. Never mind that Erickson’s neighbor is Osweiler’s de facto boss. And never mind that Erickson’s neighbor, former Denver legend John Elway, was the man that ostensibly drafted Osweiler to someday replace another legendary Denver quarterback in Peyton Manning. More here.

Question: Did you realize that stars and former NFL stars are hanging out nearby?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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