John Elway, Executive Vice President of the Denver Broncos, has made a name for himself scouring the waiver wire in the early part of 2012. After signing Peyton Manning in the off-season, along with acquiring such talent as Mike Adams and Tracy Porter, and drafting a class of picks led by Derek Wolfe and Ronnie Hillman, it remains the cut players of other teams that have given the Broncos somewhat the biggest boost throughout the season.
These players include LB Keith Brooking, C Dan Koppen, and probably the most famous after Saturday’s double overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens, WR/KR Trindon Holliday. At 5’5″, and weighing in at 170lbs wet, Holliday is the smallest player in the NFL, but you could probably argue that he may have the biggest heart of anyone.
Holliday was released by the Houston Texans to make room on their roster after week 5. Elway, always looking to improve the club, snatched up the little used return man and Holliday became an instant household name when he fumbled in his first game as a Bronco. But it was his third game when he made a big splash, running back a 105 yard kickoff return, a Broncos record, against the Cincinnati Bengals. There is no doubt that Holliday brought the electrifying factor to the Broncos, but nobody ever saw what was coming against the Ravens.
The Ravens punted on their first possession, and Holliday went right to work giving the Broncos a 7-0 lead after returning the punt 90 yards. Then, with the score tied at 21 at the start of the second half, Holliday did the improbable by running back the opening kickoff 104 yards to give Denver the lead. Both returns put him in the NFL record books, as no other player has ever done both in a playoff game, and the kick return was the longest in history for a playoff game.
Although Holliday has had some trouble with fumbling issues throughout the year, there is no doubt that Elway plucked a good player off the wire. Holliday is the kind of player that most teams would love to have on their sidelines, hopping around, trying to get the crowd involved, and simply dynamic when he touches the ball.
It is no wonder that he almost single-handedly tried to put the Broncos on their back, while running for the Ravens end zone. That fire and drive is what the Broncos lacked in the other two facets of the game. Here’s hoping that Holliday’s special day will carry over to the 2013 season, when the Broncos will undoubtedly need his services again.
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