There are times when the games simply don’t matter, when winning and losing are but luxuries compared to the things that last.
Games come and go. The people who play them are so much more important than the results.
From time to time, circumstances arise which jar us back to that reality. Things happen that force us to again remember that perhaps our zeal overtakes the need to keep the important things in focus and in perspective.
This is such a time.
The sudden passing of wide receiver Kenny McKinley leaves a void, a hole where a vibrant young man and talented football player once resided.
Now, we are left in the agonizing place of living with unanswered questions and wondering what might have been.
That is the toughest part.
I didn’t know Kenny McKinley. I do remember the preseason opener in August of 2009, his rookie year. Kenny caught a 52-yard touchdown pass late in the Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the 49ers and I had the chance to talk with him in the locker room after the game.
Even though his team lost, Kenny enjoyed the moment afterwards. He was in the NFL. He scored a touchdown. He was all smiles. And it made me wonder how good he was going to be.
Now, we’ll never know.
McKinley joins cornerback Darrent Williams and running back Damien Nash as Broncos who recently left us way too early. It just shouldn’t happen this way. There is nothing fair about it.
But wishful thinking doesn’t get one through adversity. The Broncos have had more than their fair share of adversity the last few years. It seems incredible that something like this has happened again. How much can one organization take in such a short time?
Apparently for the Broncos, at least this much. The organization, the team, and the people who make up both, will come through this. And they will come through it together. In the process, they will become stronger.
I don’t know how many wins that will equate to. But that really doesn’t matter anyway.
Please feel free to post your best wishes to the Broncos during this tough time. I know they appreciate hearing from you fans.
Thanks for reading and posting. I’ll get back to writing about the season in my next post.