If you’re like me, today’s Super Bowl will be largely ignored, except to check in and make sure our former Broncos or Broncos-affiliated 49ers - Emmanuel Sanders, Ben Garland, head coach Kyle Shanahan and even GM John Lynch - are doing their job to down the Chiefs.
But my ritual on Super Bowl Sundays that don’t directly involve the Broncos is to watch the NFL Films’ productions of the seasons that the Broncos did win.
The best of those is Super Bowl 50 because the season was magical - and I have watched that DVD far more than I should admit to - but the best Super Bowl game to review, no doubt, is Super Bowl XXXII.
Obviously I’m biased and that’s the beauty of getting to write the post - my bias gets front and center.
But you can’t go wrong with watching any Broncos’ Super Bowl win.
So this week on our Something Something Broncos podcast, Jess, Tim and I reminisced our “high, low, buffalo” as it relates to Super Bowl moments.
On the pod, I went back to Super Bowl XXII against the Redskins - a game the Broncos were winning 10-0 in the first quarter, only to be down 35-10 by halftime and never recover. Ironically, when Jess mentioned his low as Super Bowl 48, I realized I had completely wiped that one from my memory, otherwise it most certainly would have been my low.
The high is a moment I have mentioned multiple times on this blog and that is when John Mobley knocked down Brett Favre’s 4th-and-6 pass that most definitely could have led to a very different end to that game had Mobley not jumped in the way. But there is a host of highlight moments in that game to choose from, and I wouldn’t argue with a single one.
My buffalo moment was an odd but unique one when I got to cover Super Bowl 50 and stood in the front row to ask Peyton Manning a question in his last press conference before the big game. Almost as grand was asking Von Miller a question at his post-game MVP presser.
#Manning on @two_dice: "He's smart. He's tough. You know he's going to fight for you. Reminds me of Jeff Saturday." pic.twitter.com/K5mvLQWytJ— Doctor of Words (and tights and kicking ass) (@docllv) February 4, 2016
Ahhh...such good times.
And though it’s been a rough road since that SB50 domination, we should remind ourselves that it was only four years ago. Many teams have to go back decades (cough Chiefs cough) to recall that feeling.
I’m ready for the Broncos to compete in 2020...until then, I’ll enjoy my Super Bowl highlight reels.
What is your favorite Broncos’ Super Bowl MOMENT?
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TD’s decoy run
Eddie Mac’s crushing block for Griffith
Atwater knocking himself out
Mobley batting down Favre’s pass
Elway and Rod Smith connecting for an 80-yard TD
Von Miller strip sacking Cam Newton
John Elway saying, "This One’s for Pat"