Broncos Uncovered A Class Act In Eric Studesville (JESSE KURTZ)

By: Jesse Kurtz
By: Jesse Kurtz

His short time in the spotlight as an NFL head coach revealed a bright young football mind who cares about people... not just wins.

Eric Studesville may forever be the forgotten man in Broncos lore. 

He's the guy who finished the most regrettable season in team history.  A time many Broncos fans have already blocked from their memory. 

Even in his finest hour, his first NFL win (as interim head coach), he was overshadowed by Tim Tebow who will forever be given credit for rallying the hope of Broncos Nation during a dark time.  Again, Studesville became a forgotten man. 

Studesville will likely return to his back-seat role as an assistant coach (maybe with Broncos, maybe not) and may never get a chance to lead another NFL franchise but I will forever remember him as a class act and a guy who treated EVERYBODY with respect.

The Monday following the season-ending loss to the Chargers, I woke up and fired up my Blackberry to catchup on emails that had come in over night.   I was shocked to see an email titled "THANK YOU" from Eric Studesville.   The letter thanked the local media members who cover the Denver Broncos on a regular basis saying he had "greater appreciation for the hard work you do and the important role you play in reaching out to our fans."  He also said he appreciated the media treating him "fairly" and that he hoped "our paths crossed again."

Studesville had much larger issues on his mind.  Most notably putting together his case to become the next head coach of the Denver Broncos.  But he took the time to tell people how much he cared.... Players, coaches, staff and even the media.

Eric Studeville may  forever be remembered by Broncos fans as "the guy who replaced Josh McDaniels" or "the guy who gave Tim Tebow a chance to start an NFL game"... But I will remember him as a "class act" who understood coaching in the NFL is about so much more than X's and O's... It's also about the relationships you build along the way.

Yes coach, I too would love for our paths to cross once again.  I could learn a lot from a guy like you.

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  • by james Location: springs on Jan 10, 2011 at 09:06 AM
    HUMILITY, That is what i really like in a player, and coach. i can appreciate a man who cares about all of those involved. he cares about the players, and i am sure he cares about the coaching staff, management team etc. he seemeed to care about the fans, who make the team what it is(IMHO). i hope he gets to keep the job as head coach. if not i hope he stays w/the broncos. GO BRONCOS, from a DIEHARD broncos fan 33 years and counting. I LOVE THE DENVER BRONCOS.
  • by Linda Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 7, 2011 at 01:24 PM
    I do like the man. And yes, maybe he could do a great job as the head coach. It may be a fine thing to see. I would love to know his vision for the team and what he thinks is needed to fix things if he is going for the job as Broncos head coach.
  • by PAM Location: COLORADO on Jan 7, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    I AM ALSO THANKFUL TO ERIC - I QUIT WATCHING THE TEAM BECAUSE I COULD NO LONGER WATCH WHAT JOSH HAD DONE TO THIS TEAM. I HOPE HE GETS A GOOD CHANCE TO COACH IN THE FUTURE - BETWEEN ERIC AND JOHN I AM EXCITED ABOUT THE BRONCOS AGAIN THANK YOU ERIC
  • by JANETTE Location: FLORIDA on Jan 6, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    I'm thankful for coach Studesville for giving Tim Tebow the chance to play as the starting QB in the last three games. I hope that they will give him great consideration for the HC position. I love his passion and determination to win...also love his quick ready smile and warm infectious laughter...Go Broncos!!!and he loves Tim Tebow!!!
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