Danny Trevathan went to the same college as fellow linebacker Wesley Woodyard, but the former Wildcats have more than Kentucky in common.
“It’s been an honor to see him play,” said Trevathan, the Broncos’ sixth-round pick. “I never had a chance to play with him. I think our football characteristics are similar. I strive [to be] like him, he’s a great leader, I can’t wait to play with him this year.”
Both Woodyard and Trevathan could qualify as “tackling machines” at Kentucky — both are in the top 10 in Wildcats history in tackles, and Trevathan is coming off two straight seasons of leading the SEC in tackles.
The linebacker said he didn’t have much contact with the Broncos leading up to the draft — just “enough to know that they were interested,” — but he’s excited to join the team.
Trevathan believes he can play wherever the Broncos ask him — he played weakside linebacker and middle linebacker in college, and is comfortable moving to strongside linebacker as well.
One thing that keeps him going? The haters.
“They motivate me,” he said. “That’s always going to be in the back of my mind. You have to pay attention to yourself and strive for excellence. In this world they are looking for you to fail. You can’t be one of those dudes that gives up when times get hard.”
And Trevathan won’t take his opportunity lightly. He did some missionary work in Ethiopia, visiting an orphanage helping build fences.
“It taught me to not take things for granted,” he said. “It built into the character I am right now. It helped me learn to take it one day at a time. There will be people that don’t see like you do, but you’ve got to learn how to live. Live your life and don’t worry about anything else.”