Elway, Manning and A Super Bowl Simulacrum

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Elway and Manning

The year 1983 was a great one for Bronco fans. It is also the year I was born, which meant I didn’t have a chance to fall in love with another football team. I was born a Bronco and I will die a Bronco, thanks in large part to John Elway. I remember running around the basement as a little girl pretending to be a wide receiver and also the times my brother threw a pass to me screaming, “Elway couldn’t have thrown that better”! I think maybe Eddie Mac couldn’t have caught it better. Or the time I caught a pass in the driveway and chipped my front tooth because although I caught the ball I tripped and fell directly on my two front teeth. I cherish that chipped tooth. I also remember the times that my dad, brother and I would toss a football around at halftime and commercial breaks. Most often, I wound up with bruises because they would throw the ball as hard as they could and I couldn’t catch it fast enough.

While I was in high school this team won the Super Bowl back to back and I never really imagined we’d be close to something like that without Elway. But now that he is back in the picture, it seems we might be on the verge of history again, in more ways than one. Not

only could Peyton Manning become the only quarterback to win a Super Bowl with two different franchises, the similarities between 1997 and 2013 are eerie. Quarterbacks at age 37, losing in the playoffs with a AFC best 13-3 record, former foes becoming Broncos (i.e. Neil

Smith/Shaun Phillips), need I continue? The similarities are seriously endless when you begin looking. Not to mention that Manning will be facing similar foes this year as he did in 2006 when he led the Colts to a Super Bowl XLI win. Not only is Elway preparing us to win now, he

really is looking towards the future and nothing is more exciting to me. What he has been able to accomplish in just a few short years is something out of a dream.

When I was asked to contribute to Broncos Planet, I was very humbled. I am a teacher and I don’t always have time to be consistent in my contributions, but hopefully you will hear from me weekly during the summer time and a few times a month during the school year. I hope y’all are ready for the ride of a lifetime because we are about to embark on a football experience that, we as a franchise, haven’t experienced in 16 years and dare I say it? Maybe

never.

 

-Tiffany Catellier

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