Trevathan and Woodyard celebrating their AFC Championship
On February 2nd, three of Kentucky’s well known football stars will have the opportunity to call themselves a Super Bowl champion. To the benefit of #BBN, all three play for the same team. The Denver Broncos will play the Seattle Seahawks during Super Bowl 48, up in blizzardly cold New York City. Suiting up for the Broncos will be Danny Trevathan, Wesley Woodyard, and Jacob Tamme. This week as their team prepares for the biggest game of their young careers, they all spoke up about the relationships they shared with fellow teammates.
It’s no secret that Trevathan has been a diamond-in-the-rough player for Denver’s head coach John Fox. Selected in the 6th round, Trevathan was seen as a potential role player, a project at the linebacker position. Coming off of an amazing season at UK defensively (143 total tackles), Trevathan was a tackle machine in the SEC. If he was bringing down the best of what the nation had to offer at UK, that kind of talent would have to transition to the next level. This year, he proved it, as Trevathan lead the Broncos in the tackle category with 128 total. “Danny’s got things that you can’t coach. He’s got speed. He’s got instincts,” linebackers coach Richard Smith said. “So, this gave us the opportunity to get more speed on the field.”
Along side of Trevathan is Wesley Woodyard, another tackle machine during his time at Kentucky. Woodyard is the defensive captain for the Denver Broncos (second in tackles behind Trevathan, with 83 total), but due to an injury earlier in the season, he now finds himself as a backup. He hasn’t let that hold him back, as he continues to lead from the sidelines.
“Being a leader, I would definitely say having that captain on my chest, that’s my chip (on my shoulder). Regardless of anything that goes on, my job is to continue to lead my defense and to continue to lead my teammates — give guys good advice out there. A guy who I’m living through and I love to see play every game is Danny Trevathan. He came in like a little brother to us, and now he’s just growing up and taking over things. It’s exciting to see that. To me, that’s what I look forward to, seeing guys step up…Danny deserves everything he’s gotten.”
Trevathan responded to his fellow Wildcat a bit later:
“Whoever is on the field, we’re rooting for each other. That is just the way it goes. Me and Wesley have been through it for a long time. This is our second year together, but it feels like 15 years. Having that guy out there — he has really been a great role model in my life, talking to me, helping me get it together. Even though he’s not on the field, he’s with me in my head all the time. That’s how I’m going to carry him.”
It’s great to see that kind of brotherly relationship with two former Kentucky players, even though they never played a down in Commonwealth Stadium together. Woodyard left in team at the end of the 2007 season, and Trevathan arrived the following August.
On the other side of the ball we have Jacob Tamme. Tamme caught a huge touchdown pass from Peyton Manning early in the AFC Championship, which kickstarted the Denver offense to a victory over the New England Patriots. This week we learned of a not-so-odd carpool every week to the stadium, which consists of Manning, Tamme, and wide receiver Wes Welker. Jokingly, they all wanted to do a new Buick commercial together, which according to Tamme, he feels like he’s in Manning’s On-Star commercial every time. “We call Archie ‘Papa Bear’ and stuff on the way to the game. Orange cone, reroute,” Tamme said, a nod to Manning’s 2012 Buick commercial. Apparently, Manning gets to pick the music as well, which hardly generates an argument from Tamme. At least we know there’s a good chance Tamme might pull down a Super Bowl touchdown, being one of Manning’s favorite targets in the red zone.
All around, it’s great to see these three former Kentucky players make it to the Super Bowl. While I may not be much of a Broncos fan, I definitely will be cheering for them come February 2nd. Its also another good pitch for Mark Stoops as we are nearing National Signing Day. Hearing Kentucky a few times during the Super Bowl will be a nice bonus considering every recruit in the nation will be watching the Super Bowl.