I managed to say something about the offensive line and the running game. He remarked that we would always have a good running game, and he thought that Cutler would do really well as Denver’s QB. Then as I left, he told me, “Stick with it, Bronco.”
Months later, I was speaking to some people at church about football. By that time, another Denver Broncos player, Damien Nash, had died unexpectedly of heart complications.
One of the men said that the Broncos might win the Super Bowl “if they have any players left by the time the season starts.”
I was stunned into silence. Hurt.
What was I supposed to say? What can you do? How can you make some people understand that these players were near and dear to so many of our hearts? Maybe you can’t make them understand.
Either way, I’ll stand by my Denver Broncos. All of us will.
We still bleed orange and blue, no matter what. We’ll support the Williams family, the Nash family, and each other.
The Denver Broncos wore the decals of Darrent Williams and Damien Nash, numbers twenty-seven and twenty-nine, on their helmets during the season of 2007-2008. Both Darrent Williams and Damien Nash died at twenty-four years of age.
Darrent Williams, Denver Bronco
The latter link takes you to a video slideshow tribute that I did on January 3rd, 2007, two days after Darrent Williams passed away.