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An AFC Championship Story

Romo here.  I want to tell you about a time in my football career when I had to stretch myself far beyond my limits to reach my own personal goals and the goals of a Denver Bronco.  It’s a story about looking within and then going the extra step to make your goals happen.

In an AFC Championship game between the Broncos and the NY Jets, Vinny Testaverdi of the Jets threw a screen pass away from me to Curtis Martin.  I reacted to the screen and started flying towards him.  With the game close and running at full speed, I launched my body into him like a human missile.  I hit him so hard that he did a 360 spin, and went down to the ground.  I did a 180 spin, and came down as well, reeling and dizzy.

Not only did I hurt him, but I also hurt myself.  I needed help off the ground and I wobbled to the sideline, out of the game and right during crunch time.  I went to the bench and sat in John Elway’s lap!  I didn’t even know where I was for a few plays.  As I was recuperating from the impact, I realized that this game was on the line and the outcome would determine if we went to the Super Bowl or not that season.  This game determined if I would reach my goals, or not.

Despite my self-inflicted physical state at the time, I had to get back into the game.  Team doctors came over and asked me easy questions regarding the game and my birthday to test my mental state, but those silly questions were hard for me to answer.  My only response was “I’m fine, stop asking me these stupid questions.”

Medical professionals would call it foolish, but the warrior in me had to be out on the battlefield to help my team get to the Super Bowl.  Winning the Super Bowl.  Whatever it took, I would do it. 

When you have goals and adversity, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to get there.  That day, it meant playing even when I was injured, even when it wasn’t the smartest thing for my health.  It meant sacrificing whatever was demanded for the success of the team.  We won the game and went on to win Super Bowl XXXII that year, and I knew I had made the right decision.

When you make the decision to sacrifice whatever it takes to help carry your team, it means stretching yourself beyond your limits.  There are days when you feel you have done everything you can, given everything you have.  On those days, you have to breathe and stretch yourself even more, beyond where you have gone and go one step further.  That’s how you reach your goals.

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3 Responses to “An AFC Championship Story”

  1. Lisa said:

    Love your Blog!

  2. Chris said:

    Dear Romo, I hope that this message finds you. First I am a huge fan who has nothing but respect for you. I read your book and loved it. I am captain of the wrestling team at my high school, wrestling is an extremely strenous sport and I was hoping you could give me some advice on how best to approach the pain and inflamation. I read about DSMO in your book but a perscriptionn is necesarry to purchase that, if there were any other products, excercises, or other great little tricks you know of i would love to hear about them. Thank you so much for all of information, Chris.

  3. Scott K. said:

    Thank you so much for all the years at the Bronco’s I have watched you and you inspired me to up my own game both on the field and in life. I hope your inner drive will always gurantee you a happy and successful life.
    All the best now and forever.
    Scott K.

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