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Mike Shanahan gets warm welcome in his return to Denver, where he won 2 Super Bowls

  • Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan, right, greets Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Washington Redskins Mike Shanahan, right, greets Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, left, talks with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

    Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway, left, talks with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan before an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)  (The Associated Press)

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan received a hero's welcome Sunday in his first game in Denver since his firing by the Broncos five years ago.

More than 75,000 Broncos fans got to their feet before kickoff to salute the man who brought the city its two Super Bowl wins in his 14 seasons as head coach.

The Broncos showed a 32-second tribute to Shanahan on their giant video screen in the south end zone before kickoff. Shanahan waved to the crowd afterward.

Then, it was back to business.

Only this time, Shanahan was on the east sideline looking into the sun.

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