Countdown Schmountdown

If you weren't paying close attention you might've overlooked the fact that we have less than 100 days until the Broncos square off against the Ducks. You really should pay closer attention...now I know why you flunked Macroeconomics.

The atomic clock actually says that we have just 98 days until the epic clash. Hey! Guess how many assigned numbers appear on the current roster? If you guessed 98, you are correct...maybe you should've guessed more on your Macroeconomics final.

So, wouldn't it stand to reason that we should begin our countdown by highlighting the Bronco player with the jersey number that corresponds with the number of days remaining till the opener? I think I just gave myself a mild seizure.

Let's get this show on the road...

#98 Ryan Winterswyk

The fact that Ryan Winterswyk didn't receive a Division 1 football scholarship out of high school is one of the great head-scratchers of our time. I mean, seriously, you'd probably find more people that understand the meaning of life or know what kind of meat is in hot dogs than would know why Winterswyk, a 6'4" safety that was more productive than a rabbit on Clomid© got bupkis coming out of La Habra High School in California.

As a high school safety, Winterswyk was named All-State, All-CIF and the Defensive MVP of his league after notching 150 tackles (!) two INTs and 3 TDs...the following year, he humbly walked on to the Bronco squad with aspirations of playing safety...thankfully, the coaches would have none of it.

After a redshirt year, Winterswyk was moved to Defensive End and went from anonymity to stardom in 2007. He was named Honorable mention Freshman All-America by the Sporting News, the 2007 most outstanding defensive lineman, and finished his frosh season with 43 tackles, a team-best nine tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups. Heading into his junior season this year, he has notched 83 tackles, 10 sacks and 20.5 tackles-for-loss. This offseason, Winterswyk was named to the Lott Trophy watch list, and watch him they will. You might say that he is awesome.

Thankfully, we've two more season of watching Swyke and Byron Hout race to the QB. Lordy, it's a great time to be a Bronco.

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