Former Denver Broncos to make Super Bowl LIV appearance
The Denver Broncos won’t be in Super Bowl LIV but several former members of the team will be participating in the big game on Sunday, February 2nd.
Some difficult business decisions have to be made on a yearly basis in the National Football League, and really, all of sports. The Denver Broncos made that kind of decision before the trade deadline in 2019 when they traded wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to the San Francisco 49ers.
It has worked out exceptionally well for Sanders, as he finished the 2019 season with 66 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns. He played seven games for the Denver Broncos in 2019 and ten for the 49ers following the trade.
Bye week? What bye week?
It was hard to see Sanders go. He was a very good player for the Broncos during his time in the Mile High City and so much fun to watch. So much fun.
Unfortunately, the Broncos were/are in a rebuilding state and chose to go younger at the wide receiver position, with Diontae Spencer becoming the oldest receiver on the team at just 27-years old.
It’s great for Sanders. I’m happy for him and honestly everybody should be as well. He gets a chance to earn his second Super Bowl ring. It was a great ride with him as a member of the Denver Broncos during the 5.5 seasons he was there.
While Drew Lock looked really quite good in his five games in 2019, none of those games were with Sanders unfortunately. But now Sanders has a solid quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo after going through too many following the retirement of Peyton Manning after Super Bowl 50.
Aside from Sanders, there are also other Broncos ties in this game. Former safety John Lynch was hired as the general manager of the 49ers in 2017 and has become a very good, significant piece to the organization.
Lynch is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Class of 2020.
Other notable former members of the Denver Broncos heading to the Super Bowl are: running backs coach Bobby Turner (1995-2009), who coached Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis; Wes Welker, who was a wide receiver for the Denver Broncos (2013-2014), defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Joe Woods, who was the defensive coordinator (2017-2018) after serving as the defensive backs coach (2016-2017).
Former Broncos guard Ben Garland is the starting center for the 49ers.
It is very nice to see so many former members of the team make it to the Super Bowl even though the Broncos didn’t. This is what they play the game for and they deserve to make it.
I’ll end this by saying something that most—if not all—Broncos fans are saying as the Super Bowl inches closer: Dear 49ers, Beat The Chiefs!