One of the great things about following sports is the human interest aspect. It seems as though every team has those players who have a unique story to tell, and these stories come even more into focus when they play on a national stage. The Denver Broncos are a perfect example of that as they prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII.
There are three Broncos players that come to mind where, if they win and are the last team standing, I will actually be pretty happy for them. Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but yet he always seems to be mentioned one step below Tom Brady in the terms of who is the greatest conversations. Winning another Super Bowl would certainly put to rest a lot of people commenting that Manning can’t win in the postseason. If the Broncos did win, the fact that he would have been the quarterback for two different winning Super Bowl teams should also cement his status as an all-time great. He also just seems like a really good guy who one couldn’t help being happy for his success.
How about Wes Welker? If he makes two catches during the time he was with the New England Patriots, perhaps he still would be in Foxborough. An absolutely incredible receiver, I think Patriots fans took him a little bit for granted considering how good he is at catching the ball and moving the chains. It always sucked that the Patriots didn’t win the Super Bowl when he was there and it would be really nice to see him get his first ring.
Finally, there is Champ Bailey. These are the stories that always move me the most. I think every player’s ultimate goal is to play in the championship game of whatever sport that they are involved with. Some guys never get a taste and it is unfortunate. Bailey has been in the NFL for 15 years and has had an amazing career. He is first in Broncos history in interceptions. He played in 11 Pro Bowls and may be one of the best pass defenders ever. He also has never been to the Super Bowl. Players like this, athletes who have had great careers, certainly deserve this opportunity to show the nation what they can do. Hopefully, Bailey can have a great game and show the country what Denver has known for a long time.
Look, I’m a diehard Patriots fan and was very disappointed to see them get knocked out for the season. However, those three guys certainly deserve a win and I’ll be rooting for them. Go Broncos!
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