Broncos an unstoppable force headed into the Super Bowl
The Broncos won the match 26-16 and their retired fan favorite player Rod Smith was with them to witness it. He had played 13 seasons as a receiver for the Broncos and in his time was a lovable player in the eyes of fans and the team.
Smith is not just any retired player. A veteran who has made it to the Super Bowl twice, he knows exactly what it takes and what the elements are which classify a team as Super Bowl contenders. He was the one who received the 80 yards pass and made a touchdown in 1999 Super Bowl with quarterback John Elway, who is also retired and is now the Broncos executive vice president. But he is more than convinced that the Broncos are not contenders but this year they will be the Super Bowl champions.
Smith said that the team was going to win and the team believed that a hundred percent too.
"The Broncos are going to win," Smith said. "Don't matter who they play. The Broncos are going to win. These guys just believe."
During the third quarter Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided that he would go for it all and went for a first down. With that, Brady went into the pocket and looked for any receiver he could find. But he ended up getting sacked hard by Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton who stands at 6 and 3 and weighs 152 kilograms. A giant of a man, Knighton made his intentions clear with the huge tackle he landed; that the Broncos were not finished.
He was all fired up for the game as during the season many had criticized the Broncos defense for being incapable and not hard enough to handle critical situations and when the time came to stand up against the Patriots, he had made his decision that he was going to make a statement and make it loud with his performance.
"We can't do this, we can't do that, you know," Knighton said. "We listen to everything and we just use it to warm the fire."
And after Knighton had landed the sack which was responsible for sealing the fate of the match, Smith was telling how significant he had been at that moment.
"Dude, it's not going to resonate with you how important it is that you did what you just did," Smith said. "But you just made a sack against one of the best to ever play the game."