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Horse Tracks: It is time to get to work

For the Denver Bronco team, the time to relax and enjoy basking in the sun after a successful 2015 NFL season is over. Now they get back to work and prepare to defend their title.

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Our lead off track today is an interview with John Elway. I loved that Phil opened up with a question for Elway on what it feels like to get back to work after being Super Bowl champs. I thought Elway's response was encouraging:

"Especially this year...we're ready to get back and get back to work..."

I get that feeling from a lot of our players as I've watched their interviews and looked at the demeanor they have. There is no flippancy to be found in our guys. They are proud to be Broncos. They are proud to be champions. They are hungry for more.

That means hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, and tears.

After a long offseason, I'm stoked to see our guys get after it and I'm especially proud of what our veterans are saying and bringing to the table. They are preaching about the Bronco Way to the rooks. They are letting them know that this team has a standard and that standard is excellence.

Other team's fans call us whiny and entitled.

Yeah...I buy that. I think any fan base would get this way after so much sustained success. That's why I'm thankful for the men like John Elway, Gary Kubiak, DeMarcus Ware, Von Miller, T.J. Ward, and Chris Harris, Jr. that are leaders on this team. This isn't just some stop on the road for their careers.

When Von was asked about being the face of the franchise, his answer redirected the attention to where the secret to our success lies:

"I feel like our locker room should you know, be the face of the franchise. We got a great locker room. There's not a locker room like this in the National Football League"

This is the Denver Broncos. This organization is a standard bearer for how other NFL teams want to be. The players don't often talk too much about it...but they sure do walk the walk of champions.

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2015 NFL Losers News

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