Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas’ Top 3 Moments
All true Denver Bronco fans remember this next play, along with Pittsburgh Steeler fans, and Ike Taylor.
It was a cold afternoon in the Mile High City, on January 8th, 2012, Demaryius Thomas lit Broncos Country on fire. Facing an elite Steelers defense that carried the claim of the number one unit all season long, Thomas rose from the ashes.
In this playoff bout, the home team was underwhelming underdogs. Fighting through four quarters, the Broncos’ offense needed just one play to wrap this battle up in overtime. On a tight rope throw, Thomas hauled in and booked an 80-yard touchdown on a pass from then quarterback, Tim Tebow.
When this play happened, like many other fans in Broncos Country, my house was shaking. As I was watching this game, I was just hoping for a miracle. Once Thomas reeled in the reception and Dave Logan started with his epic play call, I couldn’t help to leap off of my couch.
At the time, my TV had what I would call a questionable foundation. From jumping, fist-pumping, and screaming, my television quickly wiggled into harm’s way. Fortunately, it only shook for a few seconds and never actually became dismounted.
Even if it did, I would take that play over a television 100 times out of 100.
Just about every team in the NFL has a play that they all remember, luckily Broncos Country has a few. Along with the helicopter from Ring of Famer & Hall of Famer, John Elway, the booming hit on Christian Okoye by Ring of Famer and Hall of Famer, Steve Atwater, this play from Demaryius Thomas fits in with that group.
Notice both players aforementioned are both in the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame and National Football League Hall of Fame; so what does that say about Demaryius Thomas’ future accolades?
Stiff arming Ike Taylor multiple times, sprinting down the Denver Broncos sideline, Thomas would not be denied. This particular play made me want to run beside Thomas and block everything near him.
Watching the video from this play will never not give me chill bumps, no matter how many times I watch. From a roaring crowd, rushing teammates, and a disappointed Steelers team, the memories will last forever.
From an on-the-field perspective, this was the top Demaryius Thomas moment as a Denver Bronco, hands down. It may even qualify as the best individual play during this decade from a team standpoint.