Welcome to Sky Sports, Nick Ferguson. (Courtesy Jeffrey Beall)
The Denver Broncos have struggled lately producing wins on the football field, but the franchise has a penchant for churning out broadcasters.
The newest to join the lineup?Â Former Broncos safety Nick Ferguson.
Ferguson and former NFL linebacker Rocky Boiman finished atop the 16-member class at Broadcast Boot Camp, a four day crash course/tutorial/audition for ex-players wanting to transition into the booth.Â Lineman Maurice Williams, who spent a month last season with the Broncos, also participated in the New Jersey camp.
This was the campâ€™s fifth year.Â Current NFL players, who have participated in past camps, skipped 2011 because of the ongoing lockout.
To sweeten the pot, this yearâ€™s performers vied for the opportunity to showcase their television talents.Â As winner, Boiman and Ferguson will serve as analysts for NFL Networkâ€™s U.K. presence on Sky News.
Ferguson told NFLLabor.com:
â€œThis an extraordinary opportunity for me to continue my broadcasting education, especially on Sky Sports in Europe where I won a World Bowl.â€
Ferguson played for Denver from 2003-07.Â He also played for the New York Jets (2000-02) and Houston (2008-09).Â Boiman played eight NFL seasons (Tennessee, Indianapolis, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh).
90 players participated in Broadcast Boot Camp from 2007-2010.Â Of those, 36 landed broadcasting jobs.
For more on Broadcast Boot Camp, including ‘what not to do,’ go here.
Tim Tebowâ€™s Late-Night Shenanigans
Best-selling autobiographer and starting-quarterback-in-waiting Tim Tebow returned to the talk show circuit this week.
Promoting â€œThrough My Eyes,â€ Tebow â€“ who apparently forgot his razor – chatted with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night.Â Tebow also discussed his involvement (or lack thereof) with the NFL lockout, his horrible rookie haircut courtesy teammates, and how Urban Meyer learned of his commitment for Florida.
Here are Parts I and II of his interview, in case you missed it.
Follow Denver Horse Force on Twitter atÂ @Aerys_Broncos and Facebook atÂ www.facebook.com/denverhorseforce.