I’m about a week removed from my 5-day trip to New York City for the Super Bowl XLVIII events and game. Partied with the people at the Super Bowl Boulevard street party (Broadway Blvd) and Times Square in downtown Manhattan. Got to see a lot of football legends and stars like Joe Namath, Kurt Warner, Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Emmit Smith, Franco Harris at the Radio City Music Hall for the NFL Honors Awards Show on Saturday, Feb 1, as well as meet celebrities like Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) and Brandon Stokley (NFL receiver). On Sunday, Feb 2, I took the Penn Station train with the horde of Broncos and Seahawks fans to the Super Bowl game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Had a blast the whole time right up to that first snap of the football by the Broncos……epic loss!
Let’s face it, whether you were a Broncos fan watching the game in a sports bar, in the privacy of your home or in MetLife Stadium filled with thousands of screaming Seahawks fans, witnessing that downward spiral performance of our beloved Broncos team was equally painful. After that game came to a close, I quietly rode that train from MetLife Stadium back to New York City like every other orange wearing Broncos fan. Even the usually loud Seahawks fans respectfully refrained from their 12th Man noise on my train back to Manhattan: classy.
When you do epic stuff in life, expect to have both epic wins and epic losses too. Experiencing an epic loss means we are doing and possessing epic things in life rather than settling for lesser in life. I am neither content with nor good at losing. As I process throughout this year what just happened back there at MetLife Stadium, I will be reminding myself of these quotes from the great Vince Lombardi to help me deal with the loss of our Super Bowl Championship:
"The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall."
"If you can accept losing, you can’t win" and "Show me a good loser, and I’ll show you a loser".
"Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit."
"The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."
And finally, John Elway, executive vice president of football operations for the Denver Broncos, said, "We will use this as an experience that we went through, be disappointed that we didn’t play better, but the bottom line is this organization and what (team owner) Pat Bowlen wants from this organization—that has not changed and it will not change. The bottom line is we’re going to work as hard as we worked this year, if not harder, and continue to do that with the mindset that we want to be world champions and we’re going to do everything we can to get there."
I’m sure Vince Lombardi would say to the Denver Broncos team and to all of us Broncos fans "Get back up!"
We’ll be in the playoffs again next year, and this time, hopefully, we’ll be there with guys like Ryan Clady, Von Miller, Kevin Vickerson, Rahim Moore, Derek Wolfe, Chris Harris in addition to other players that will rise to the top to make the 53-man roster.
So get back up Broncos fans! Try again!....believe again!....dream again!....learn from the past but don’t live in the past again!....smile again!....laugh again!....support your Denver Broncos team again! Let’s do life and football again this year united in orange! Go Broncos!!