Division rival or not, former Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon is still rooting for his former quarterback.
Gordon now stands among the league’s final two teams as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad leading up to Super Bowl weekend. The 29-year-old veteran shared some thoughts on his former quarterback’s rollercoaster of a season with the Broncos in a Super Bowl media day interview with KOA radio:
"Russ has been dealing with injuries since Week 1, he wasn’t as healthy as people think. But he’s a warrior like me, you know? You deal with injuries because it’s part of the game, but don’t make it out to be an excuse and take it under the chin when people say you’re not performing well. And that’s no excuse, but the whole thing just wasn’t as well as we all wanted it out to be."
Despite Russell Wilson’s underwhelming first season in Denver, Gordon believes the quarterback still has what it takes to make the Broncos a winning team. Now paired with newly acquired head coach, Sean Payton, Gordon is optimistic an MVP season could be looming for Wilson.
"“People think Russ lost it; he didn’t lose it. Trust me, he didn’t lose it. I think he’s going to be special. He’s going to show people next year, I hope he gets MVP, I hope he gets all that. I hope he proves everything wrong and shows people up, because they’ve been talking a lot of trash. People don’t understand how hard he works.”"
Having experienced heavy criticism during his three-year stint in Denver, Gordon understands that until the results show up on the field, the critics will not be silenced, including those within the fan base.
He ended his interview with some words of wisdom for his former team’s fanbase:
"“Broncos Country, they tough though! They want to win! He’s going to get them there. It might not have been in the first year, and maybe may not be in the second year. But I know who he is as a person and as a player. He’s going to get them to where they have hope again, and I can promise you that.”"
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Gordon addressed a wide variety of subjects with the Denver media at radio row, including how he feels he didn’t ever really have a “chance” with the new staff last year in Denver and even how he was disappointed while signing his contract with the team.