Hello, MHR! I haven't written here in a long time, and for good reason too. Lots of life changes have been occurring for me. I won't waste your time with details, though. If you want to know more, shoot me a note in the comments and we'll talk there. I just wanted to make my return to MHR with a post that I feel is necessary right now. In this time of chaotic free agency, I think it's important to remember to appreciate the players that have served the Broncos faithfully. Apparently, Mile High Report has some connections with Broncos brass, so Bena, if you read this, can you please forward it to someone that could get this to Kyle. I certainly do appreciate it. Let's go!
Good evening, Kyle. I'm sure the whispers have turned to shouts in your circles regarding the trade that's about to happen that would send you away from our fair city and our good fans. I just want to be clear, Mr. Orton; this is a classic tale of "It's not you, it's me." The Denver Broncos seem to be moving in a direction that doesn't have you leading the team, but please don't have any misconceptions about Broncos fans. I can't speak for everyone, but I feel like I speak for a massive amount of us when I say the things I'm about to say.
You came to Denver in a trade that didn't even involve you originally. You were, as the less-eloquent talking heads have proclaimed, a "throw-in" to a deal that really involved our previous quarterback and a couple first round picks. You were just an extra, and definitely not a primary target in that trade. It seems as though your entire stay in Denver has been an odd one, to say the least. You came to Denver not of your own will, yet you made the best of it. You and your wife Bridget came to town and immediately got involved in the community and made it known that you were going to be an asset to the city of Denver, and you have definitely been a class act. I want to say thank you for that.
I also want to say thank you for your attitude. Thank you for showing up, shutting up and just working hard to earn the trust and respect of your coaches and compatriots. A feat that you absolutely did achieve, as far as I can tell. Again, I can't speak for everyone in Broncos Country, but I can speak for myself when I say that I really do appreciate you as a player, but also as a human being. The NFL of modern day has become a league full of me-first pansies that only seem to give 100% when a new contract is in order. You haven't done that, and you deserve some commendation for it. For every Kyle Orton, there are three Chris Johnsons, and I am very sad to see that our beloved game has gone from blue collar to blue collar with diamond rhinestone accents. You've kept it real.
It seems inevitable at this point that you will be living in a different city by week one, and while you may have some less than stellar feelings towards the Broncos management or ownership, I hope you always remember, Mr. Orton, that you are not like the guy you succeeded. There will be loudmouthed fans that cheer your exit, but I think they are cheering for the future, for Tim Tebow, more than they are cheering your leaving. I am glad to see you go, Kyle. I really am, but not for selfish reasons. I'm glad to see that you will have a great opportunity in a new city to go in, dig your heels in and for the first time in your career, you will have a team that is yours and yours alone. I wish that for you, Kyle, because you deserve it.
Thank you for your service in Denver, and I truly do wish you the best of luck wherever you wind up. I can't speak for all Broncos fans, but no one should have a reason to cheer for your failure. I appreciate you, and on behalf of the members of Broncos Country that agree with my sentiment: good luck.