Joel Dreessen warms up before a game against the Tennessee Titans. (Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE)
Newly acquired tight end Joel Dreessen is the ultimate local football hero.
He played at Ft. Morgan High School in Ft. Morgan, CO, and then he went on to play at Colorado State before being drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2005 draft. The Broncos picked him up as a free agent this off season making him the 11th Bronco to play football in Colorado at the high school, college, and pro level.
“I chose the Broncos to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to take a risk,” he explained about selecting Denver over five-year employer Houston Texans. “I want to take my game to another level.”
Dreessen and fromer rival/ new teammate Peyton Manning have already talked about helping the Broncos reach another level. Few foes have seen more Manning magic than Dreessen, considering Peyton’s Indianapolis Colts career record features a career-best 16-2 record against the Texans and 42 touchdown passes — also his most vs. any NFL team.
“I don’t know how many times we (the Texans) had 17-point leads, and Peyton led them back for wins,” Dreessen admitted. “As I know many have said, Peyton makes everyone around him better. I’ve talked with him. Both he and John Elway (Broncos president) have been very positive. They know what I bring to the team.”
Kim Constantinesco is Predominantly Orange’s senior editor. She is a credentialed writer who has covered the Broncos for seven seasons. Kim’s work has been featured on NFL.com, CBS Sports, Fox Sports, and the New York Times. She is a long time Broncos fan and currently resides in Denver, Colorado.