Bennie Fowler has a distinction no one else can claim, and it's pretty freaking cool. The young wide receiver caught the last pass thrown by Peyton Manning.
Coupled with the season Fowler had, John Elway and the Broncos used an exclusive rights free-agent tender on him. On Friday, the team announced Fowler signed his tender.
"It feels great to continue my career here in Denver. I'm happy to be back," Fowler told the Broncos' team website.
Fowler began his career Denver as a member of the practice squad in 2014. The receiver started to become a bigger part of the offense as the 2015 season progressed, capped by the 31-yard reception he had in the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fowler's catch came on third-and-12 in the fourth quarter that gave life to the Denver offense and kept its season alive.
For the season, Fowler finished with 16 receptions for 203 yards. In the playoffs, he had 2 catches for 35 yards.
With the top two receivers set for the Broncos, it will be fun to see the competition for the No. 3 spot between Fowler, Jordan Norwood and Cody Latimer. Who emerges from that should help make Denver better on offense.
Fowler told the Broncos' website it's been a great offseason and he even got to see Von Miller on "Dancing with the Stars."
But it wasn't just pleasure while he was in California. He and the other receivers and tight ends worked with new quarterback Mark Sanchez.
"Mark's a great guy, got a great arm. People should be excited about what he's going to bring to the Broncos," Fowler added.
Now that Fowler's back with Denver, the hope is he can build off of his last catch.