According to DenverBroncos.com, as the team prepares for the 2014 season, they are constantly reminding themselves of how the 2013 season concluded.
As players get tired during offseason workouts, they use the rally cry of “35” in honor of their margin of defeat in a 43-8 drubbing at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII last February.
Defensive end Malik Jackson says it’s a way to keep players motivated and on the path towards the ultimate goal:
“Whenever someone gets tired, you just say 35, and they just start picking it up again,” defensive end Malik Jackson said. “We know we have to come back strong this year. We had a disappointing loss. But that’s last season. We’re ready to move on.”
Meanwhile, Lord Peyton Manning, who bristled at the notion of folks calling Denver’s humbling Super Bowl loss “embarrassing,” is riding that motivation train as well as he explained at event for the Boy Scouts:
“I don’t really have a word for it,” Manning said. “Obviously it was disappointing, and we’ll use that to fuel us this offseason and hopefully it will make us better. I know the front office has addressed some offseason needs via free agency and of course the draft is coming up.”
He will speak with David Letterman on Monday night in his first talk show appearance since getting boatraced out of MetLife Stadium in February.
While folks in Denver may not want to use the word “embarrassing” to describe Denver’s Super Bowl loss to Seattle, it sure left one hell of an impression.