Christmas is in part about the spirit of giving.
On Christmas Eve, Domonique Foxworth gave until hurt. Gave his entire reservoir of energy, effort and hustle in notching a team-leading 14 total tackles. Gave more than any one man can be asked for the sake of his team and his teammates.
“He played a whole game … under hurry up conditions and then (on) special teams too,” defensive coordinator Larry Coyer said. “That tells you about his character. He’s a full-tilt guy.”
After the game, the price of Foxworth’s effort was harrowing.
As the Broncos gathered for a post-game speech in the locker room, Foxworth couldn’t catch his breath. The second-year-cornerback-turned-temporary-safety hyperventilated in the locker room following Denver’s 24-23 win, frightening both coaches and teammates alike.
Moments later, though, he was okay, and didn’t even need to make a trip to the hospital.
“We were all praying for him to make sure he was (well),” linebacker Al Wilson said. “Just one of those unfortunate situations. The game of football is a tough sport. We know the consequences of what we do and we always wish for the best.”
Of course, few know the potential consequences better than Wilson, who left the Broncos’ previous home game on a cart after spraining his neck during the fourth quarter of the loss to Seattle.
“People just see what we do on Sundays, but they don’t see the pain that we go through throughout the week,” Wilson said. “So it’s tough, it’s tough. But we’re glad he’s okay.”
And that was the Broncos’ biggest win of all Sunday — that Foxworth gave everything and eventually emerged okay.