Monday Night Football. You know what? Running out of that tunnel, I really told myself — it really felt like I accomplished something in my life. I was proud of myself because first of all, I trusted in God. I obeyed my parents and respected all my elders, and I worked so hard. I worked so hard to get here. So hard. Words can’t even explain it. So I was just thankful to be able to share that with some of my favorite players of all time. I’m sorry we didn’t come out with the win, but despite that, it was a blessing.
Seeing Brian Dawkins do what he does, it was great. My mom and uncle were surprised of how hard the dude can still hit. But you know what, you wouldn’t even know how old he is watching him play. He’s a great man. I love that dude. I couldn’t ask for anything better. Playing with him is like playing with Rod Woodson, Ed Reed, Ronnie Lott or Steve Atwater — he’s in that group. If I want to be the best one day, I’ve got to learn from the best. And I get to do that here.
My juices were flowing during the game, but they’re flowing for practice, too. They’re flowing for any game. Whenever I get a chance to ride for my teammates and loved ones, it’s always a good thing. I was blessed.
My first play, it was great because I came from the opposite side of the field, and I was moving. Coach always preaches to us to hustle and run to the ball, and I was running to the ball. When Von knocked it out, that ball was so small. It looked like a penny. I just fell on it. I was going to pick it up, but I saw big linemen and I was like, uh-uh, I’m gonna fall on this ball and be safe.
As for the day after the game, it’s the players’ day off, so I got to experience something else in my life — I went scuba diving at the aquarium. It took me 40 minutes to get in the water. My mom and my godfather were there, and they were telling me to breathe and relax. But I’m like, “It’s harder than what you think, there’s sharks below my feet! Turtles and barracudas, too, so don’t tell me to relax!”
I had to get used to my breath and breathing out of that tube. Once I got that down, I was down there for like 40 minutes. That’s something I always wanted to do my whole life. I was blessed and fortunate to be able to do it, just having a blast. It’s funny, I’m going to take scuba diving lessons in the summer and I’m going to get my own scuba diving suit and put the Broncos logo and my name on the back. I’m going to have my whole family get one, and my whole family is going to go, so then we’ll see who’s tough and who’s soft.
Preparing for Cincinnati has gone great. We learned from our mistakes last week and we’re capitalizing on some things that we can brush up on as a team. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I tip my hat to Marvin Lewis and his team. They do a great job and they’re hitting on all cylinders, so it’s going to be a great matchup.
We’re going to give the fans what they came to see — hopefully be blessed to have a win and just go out there and show them that we can improve every week.
That’s it. God bless.