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R.I.P.: Denver Bronco turned artist Ernie Barnes

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Ernie Barnes, who died yesterday, is a former Denver Bronco -- but his days on the gridiron constitute one of the less interesting aspects of his career. After his playing days were done, he became a successful artist, creating canvases that drew upon sport and life with vibrancy and élan. His personal website, ErnieBarnes.com, which opens with the somber yet cool image seen above, offers a wonderful gallery of his work. Click "Continue" to see a sampling, and then visit his site, to see why his artistic accomplishments will be remembered for longer than his exploits on the football field.

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