Broncos’ safety Mike Adams wants to walk home a winner
Everyone has their own obstacles to overcome in life; some tougher than others. When some people are given an obstacle that everyone around them is telling them is too big to overcome, that’s difficult. When the people in the same situation, those facing the same obstacle, are telling you that the obstacle is too big to overcome, it is very easy to give in and give up. Denver Broncos’ safety Mike Adams had one of those obstacles, and now that he has overcome it, he is playing Sunday in the Super Bowl.
Growing up in Patterson, New Jersey, a twelve mile drive from the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, might seem close; however, it was a world away for Mike Adams. Patterson is a city, as the saying goes, where more teens get caskets instead of high school diplomas. Describing his hometown, Adams recently said, “It can be almost like a cancer. And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill.”
Mike Adams made the NFL despite not be drafted out of the University of Delaware. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2004, where he played three years. In his rookie season with the 49ers, his mother passed away from ovarian cancer. Adams moved on to the Cleveland Browns for five seasons before landing in Denver. Being dropped on the depth chart in this, his second season with the Broncos, did not stop Mike Adams from being ready to play. When Rahim Moore got hurt, Adams stepped up and helped Denver reach the season’s final game.
With his life coming full circle and the Super Bowl being played in New Jersey, Mike Adams has vowed to walk home after the game. He plans to do so with his helmet, shoulder pads and uniform on. Asked if anyone would notice him walking down the Garden State Parkway (a major north-south thoroughfare in New Jersey) dressed like that, he replied, “After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I’ll start hitchhiking. But they’d probably think I’m just some crazy person”.