Denver’s average low temperature in the month of January is 16 degrees according to the Weather Channel.
With the road to the Super Bowl in the AFC having to go through Denver, the Broncos are prepared to play through below freezing temperatures and possibly snow.
“We’ve been practicing in the cold for several weeks now,” tight end Jacob Tamme said. “We’ll probably have some cold games. Who knows? It could snow. You never know what’s going to come so we’ll just get ready to try to win no matter what happens.”
Depending on a player’s background or position, there are different feelings for the bitter cold temperatures that will inevitably inhabit Sports Authority Field at Mile High during the playoffs.
Some embrace it, like defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, who said he won’t wear sleeves regardless of the weather.
Some have adjusted to the climate, like running back Ronnie Hillman, who hails from California.
Either way, the attitude is the same for every player. They won’t allow it to affect their game.
“I’ve been cold for the last two months,” Hillman said. “It’s really not going to matter. I’m just going to go out there and try to prepare as much as possible.”
The players don’t expect weather to be a problem, no matter how cold it gets. In the playoffs, adrenaline provides all the warmth needed.
“During the game, the excitement, you don’t really feel it,” safety David Bruton said. “Just being in the mode of the game.”