Not letting adversity curb ambition is something that Broncos’ cornerback Omar Bolden lives by.
In fact he started his own positive energy movement while he was in college by creating an elastic band with “Positive Living” on one side and “LG,” which stands for Life’s Good, on the other side.
“Most of the guys on my football team have one,” Bolden said after practice.
“I was just going through a rough time in college. I just tore my ACL. Positive Living is just trying to push positive energy and spread it amongst everybody else to help those who are going though a tough time.”
The band serves as a daily reminder for Bolden and his core group of friends, who helped start the movement by Tweeting #Positive Living on a regular basis.
Bolden tore his ACL during the fourth play from scrimmage in the spring of his 2011 year at Arizona State. He was forced to miss the entire season. A top cornerback prospect in the 2012 draft class, Bolden fell down the draft board to the fourth round when he should have been taken much higher if not for the injury. In college he had 138 career tackles, seven interceptions, and 21 pass breakups.
Last season for the Broncos, Bolden played in all 16 games, mostly on special teams. He was ranked third on the team in special-teams stops, and had 14 kickoff returns for 270 yards (19.3 avg.).
However, Bolden wasn’t really beginning his career on the right foot. He said that it took him a full calendar year to recover from his knee injury.
“At the end of last season, I was still fighting the struggles of trying to get that confidence back in the knee and myself,” Bolden said.
“I’ve always been a positive dude,” Bolden said with a smile. “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
Want a band for yourself? Go to Bolden’s Positive Living website and you can buy one for $2.00.