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Horse Tracks: Broncos Wilson had the ‘want’ on full display Sunday against Chiefs

You have to admire a guy who lays everything on the line.

Kansas City Chiefs v Denver Broncos Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images

Between high-knees on the plane to London, “wolverine blood”, wrist bands, and plenty of other quirky things Broncos Country has had to endure a great deal of silliness while ringing up losses week-after-week. It’s been an interesting period of adjustment for fans with their new $250 million quarterback, Russell Wilson.

While there is plenty of blame to heap upon Wilson for his performance this year, like his inability to see open receivers streaking down the field and his aggravating propensity to hold on to the ball way too long, it became clear on Sunday against the Chiefs that Wilson has guts and the want to win.

Everyone points to the infamous Elway Helicopter play that signaled to entire world that Elway wanted to win Super Bowl XXXII more than anything and he would put his body on the line to do it.

That’s what we saw on Sunday with Wilson scrambling for the first down, hoping for the touchdown. He got clobbered. Turf hanging off the helmet. Chin strap everywhere but his chin. Dazed look in his eyes. Russell Wilson put it all on the line and helped set up Brett Rypien for the score that brought the Broncos within a touchdown to win it.

After a season as dreadfully putrid, awful, disgusting, (my thesaurus on these words is wearing out) it’s meaningful to see someone sell everything out and go for it to try to get the win. The Broncos weren’t going to go to the playoffs before the game started and, after the loss, they were officially eliminated from them. However, when it comes to heart and effort, the $250 million quarterback that has been the focus of so much debate and expectation, showed that he truly wants to win and will sacrifice a great deal to get it done.

Did you see that knot on the side of his head? You don’t get those if you don’t want to win.


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