The journey an NFL player makes in the course of just one year can be quite the rollercoaster. Knowshon Moreno went from being No. 3 on the Denver Broncos’ running back depth chart to being their starting tailback in the Super Bowl.
Along the way, Moreno had a breakout year that included a 1000-yard rushing campaign and double digit touchdowns. It was the first time in his career that Moreno had reached either of those levels.
But with success comes the microscope that the media puts a player under.
It was revealed earlier this week that the Broncos don’t feel they will be able to re-sign Moreno next season when he becomes a free agent because the payday will be too large for the team to absorb. I am not suggesting that we feel to sorry for Moreno and his payday, its just unfortunate to see a player being told he won’t be back right before the most important game of his career for a franchise.
When the Broncos met the media for the last time before the Super Bowl, Moreno was faced with the news that he will be shopping for a new team on Feb. 3.
“It’s my first time hearing it, right now,” said Moreno. “Therefore it’s not a distraction.”
I can’t imagine that Moreno was not at least a little ready to face the question, but the running back who cries at the National Anthem and wears his heart on his sleeve still spoke from the heart when asked about his pending free agency.
“I’m not really worried about next year,” he said. “I love this team, I love this organization and everything else in the offseason will handle itself. I’m really worried about right now and the opportunity we have against Seattle. Like I said, I love it here. It’s really something I can’t think about right now.”