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Stranger Than Fiction

For the first time in three years, I found myself at a Broncos game on a Sunday afternoon. 

It wasn’t until I was piling into the Broncos Stadium—which unfortunately is still without a name—crammed into tight spaces, flesh rubbing against complete strangers, that I realized how much I missed it. When I entered that nameless coliseum, I was eight years old again on my first trip to Denver with my dad, coming from a small town in New Mexico, presented with a world too large and magnificent to comprehend. 

It definitely helps that they won.

But walking out of that stadium with a 2-0 record was the last thing I expected. Going into halftime, the Broncos were down 12-0 to the Raiders. The offense was anemic; Case Keenum looked very much like the QB that had been run out of L.A. and Houston, and not the one who led Minnesota to an NFC Championship berth, with only five completed passes and another mind-numbing interception. 

The Broncos were dead-on-arrival, and yet again were saved by the most unlikely of sources, Phillip Lindsay. 

Lindsay electrified the Broncos offense and all of the Orange faithful with key runs throughout the game. All told, Lindsay rushed for 107 yards on only 14 carries, making him the first undrafted rookie to run for 100+ scrimmage yards in back-back games. After two weeks, Lindsay is the third leading rusher in the NFL. The undrafted rookie has more yards than Jordan Howard, Kareem Hunt, Zeke Elliot, LeSean McCoy, Saquon Barkley, even Todd Gurley—that’s not a misprint. 

Lindsay didn’t make the game-winning touchdown, he was hardly even used on the game-winning drive, but as far as I’m concerned Lindsay looked like the best player out there this Sunday. 

It wasn’t long ago that the Colorado kid’s eyes probably grew wide as he entered what was then Invesco Field, just as mine did. Now, the 24-year-old, the first player from the Broncos Futures Football Program to reach the NFL, whose NFL dream seemed unthinkable just months ago after he wasn’t invited to the NFL combine, outshined childhood favorites Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. 

Truth sometimes, is stranger than fiction.

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