Paul Klee of The Gazette may have come up with the quote of the offseason so far in an interview with Denver Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson.
“F(Bleep) Seattle,” Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson told me after practice on Monday. “Write it down. Take a picture.”
Vickerson said what everyone is thinking. Print that bad boy up on a t-shirt if you want to.
Yes, the Broncos were dumped on in the Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks. The game was over from the first snap. Denver didn’t handle Seattle’s physicality well at all.
But if the Broncos are so bad, why do the Seahawks keep running their mouths? All offseason, we keep hearing headlines about how Denver was scared, how they weren’t physical enough, and how the Seahawks were able to get into their heads.
Seattle earned the right to brag up on their victory, but they have literally beaten a dead horse.
Players like Vickerson are fed up with all the nonsense, especially not having been able to actually play in the game. Not to mention, the game was emotional for Big Vick having been a former Seahawk. He was traded shortly after Pete Carroll was hired in Seattle to the Titans before Josh McDaniels and company signed him on with the Broncos.
He’s undoubtedly played the best football of his career in Denver, but sitting on the sidelines was tough for the Broncos’ defensive tackle.
“I cried,” Vickerson said. “I ain’t going to lie to you.”
“You’re trying to get to a Super Bowl and then it finally happens and it’s your former team and I can’t play? All the emotion is built up inside,” he added. “I couldn’t hold it back. I was trying to fight it. That’s how bad I wanted it.
“My passion for the game runs deeper than money and the flashy things. It’s a love. It’s a real passion for me. For me to work my whole career to get to a Super Bowl — and then all that — it was definitely hard.”
Vickerson is eager to meet Seattle, even for the first pre-season game. The Broncos also play the Seahawks in September out in Seattle.
For a guy who is pretty quiet off the field, the fact that Seattle has run their mouths enough to get under the skin of certain Broncos players means enough is enough. The lights and pads are about to come on, and every NFL team is going to get a shot to prove themselves in a new NFL season.
The Broncos are eager for a few shots at one team in particular.