One day after signing with the Broncos, cornerback Tracy Porter participated in a conference call with the local media. He credited the team’s coaching staff and championship aspirations as a major factors into his decision to sign with Denver.
“After going around visiting teams, I felt like first and foremost Denver put me in a good situation – coming in and being able to help the team win,” Porter said. “From the start, I really enjoyed the coaching staff, spending time with those guys.”
Porter brings Super Bowl experience to the team’s roster, having been a part of the Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Colts. In that game, Porter made a name for himself in sealing the game for New Orleans after returning an interception 74 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. That play stopped a potential game-tying drive for the Colts and instead gave the Saints a 31-17 lead with 3:12 left in the game.
“(That play) definitely put a bigger spotlight on me and my career because that’s the stage that everybody tries to get to,” Porter said. “That’s the stage that everyone in the world is basically watching that game. If you make a big play in the game, everybody is going to want to know who that guy is that made the play. It definitely helped lift my career and helped put a spotlight on me.”
The quarterback on the other end of that pick-six was Porter’s new teammate, Peyton Manning. While Porter said he did run into Manning and had a brief conversation with the new Broncos quarterback, the big play did not come up.
But he says it will eventually.
“No, we didn’t talk about that,” he said, laughing. “I’m sure it’ll eventually come up during training camp, OTAs or what not. But that first visit, we just wanted to find out where each other’s focus was as far as helping this club win.”
Once on opposite sidelines for a Super Bowl, the pair plans to chase their second rings this season.
Porter, who signed with Denver after playing the first four years of his career in New Orleans, hopes to return to the city next February for another game in the Superdome, which will host Super Bowl XLVI.
“I’m looking to begin my career here with the Denver Broncos and help this club get back to New Orleans so we can win a championship,” Porter said.
He’s looking forward to joining forces with Champ Bailey in the Broncos’ secondary and says he has a lot to learn from the 11-time Pro Bowler.
“I thought about that when I got down here, what it would be like playing with Champ,” Porter said. “He’s a guy that’s been in the league for quite a while, so that’s definitely somebody that I want to learn from and further my game under. He will be a great mentor for me. I’m looking forward to it. The coaches say he’s a great guy and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him.”
With his eyes on a championship, Porter says he’ll do whatever it takes for the team to reach that goal.
“Nothing is going to be handed to me, obviously, just because I signed,” he said. “I’m going to come in and battle for a position on the field… I’m just going to battle and be as productive as I can.”
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