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Broncos' Portis named top offensive rookie

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published January 8, 2003

The Broncos just keep finding dominant young running backs. The latest, Clinton Portis, beat college teammate Jeremy Shockey for the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award Tuesday.

Denver's run on star runners began in 1995 with Terrell Davis. It continued with Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson -- the top offensive rookie in 2000 -- and now Portis.

"I'm just glad to finally win something," said Portis, who ran for 1,508 yards, the most among rookies and fourth overall. "I think the last time I won anything individually was in high school. I think I was named county player of year or something like that."

Davis' knee forced him out of football, and Anderson was switched to fullback. So Portis quickly became a factor, and he scored 17 touchdowns, tied for third most by a rookie and tied for third in the league this season.

He also had the second-best average per carry for a rookie, 5.52, behind Franco Harris's 5.61 in 1972.

Portis earned 29 votes from a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Shockey, the Giants' tight end, received 17.

Men to stand trial for football fight

DORMONT, Pa. -- Two men who claimed they were acting in self-defense were ordered to stand trial on charges they fatally assaulted a man in a diner restroom after an apparent argument following the Steelers-Bucs game.

Dustin Garger, 24, and Brian Frisbie, 23, have been charged with homicide in connection with the Dec.24 death of 49-year-old James Miller.

BROWNS: Defensive coordinator Foge Fazio retired and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton was fired two days after the team blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to the Steelers.

BILLS: Linebackers coach Miles Aldridge and offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek, who completed the second and final years of their contracts, were told they would not be rehired.

COWBOYS: Former star Jim Jeffcoat will remain the team's defensive ends coach under Bill Parcells, continuing his association with every coach in franchise history.

JAGUARS: Owner Wayne Weaver interviewed Dennis Green for the head coaching vacancy, a team spokesman said.

SAINTS: Quarterback Aaron Brooks will have arthroscopic surgery on Jan.17 to reattach a tendon in his right shoulder, the team said.

SEAHAWKS: Fired Cowboys coach Dave Campo met with Mike Holmgren about the vacant defensive coordinator job.

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