Danny Trevathan is a fighter. The former Wildcat linebacker has a reputation around the NFL for his explosiveness and tenacity, but that took a backseat last year.
2014 was supposed to be a breakout year for Trevathan, from ballhawk Bronco to elite NFL linebacker. Instead, he injured his knee in the preseason, before two more setbacks during the season required reconstructive knee surgery. After months of intense rehabilitation, Trevathan has picked up right where he left off, leading the Broncos in tackles.
Trevathan talked to the Denver Post about his return.
“I started to wonder if I could be my old self. It took some time, and it will still take some time. I am almost were I want to be,” said Trevathan, who has made 16 tackles, 13 unassisted. “The beginning has been encouraging. During games I don’t think about it. This defense is not hard, not hard at all. Be short with what you are doing and do it fast. If you mess up, do it at 100 miles per hour. I am getting there, but I am not satisfied. I am hungry.”
Trevathan does not let anything intimidate him. The article talked about his new “Chucky” tattoo on his peck. Nothing sounds creepier than a demented doll, but that’s Danny’s personality on the field. As an undersized linebacker, the only way he can earn his keep is by being the scariest man on the field.
“I don’t care how big you are. I don’t care how wide you are, how physical you are and how you try to run people over,” Trevathan said. “You have to bring your game to play me. I am getting back to my mean self. I am ready for anybody who thinks they can come here and take me on.”
Yup, I’d be scared if I was lined up across from him.