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    Steve Atwater was our guest speaker at the Denver Broncos Quarterback Club Saturday morning. Here are notes I took on the meeting:

    "I'm thrilled to be back in Colorado. It was an honor to have played here," said Broncos Ring of Famer Steve Atwater to a standing room only crowd at this month's Denver Broncos Quarterback Club meeting.

    Atwater opened his remarks with some comments on the current Broncos. "The two biggest differences from last year will be better coaching and improved quarterback play," Atwater said. He feels that last year's coaching staff didn't get the most out of Case Keenum. "The offensive play calling could have been more creative. Case is good at play action passes but the team hardly used him in that role."

    Atwater thinks highly of new head coach Vic Fangio. "He has great rapport with the team and he loves football. The players would run through a brick wall for him," Steve said. "I didn't see the passion from some of the players last year. We will see it this year."

    Atwater questions if Kareem Jackson is the right fit at safety after seeing Jackson primarily at that position in minicamp. "He's a good player but he's not a big guy. I don't know if that'll work against the bigger running backs in the AFC West."

    And Atwater knows what it's like to be a big safety laying heavy hits on the opposition. His nickname was the "Smiling Assassin" in his playing days. "Charlie Waters, my first defensive backs coach with the Broncos, gave me that nickname," Steve said. Waters, as a former all pro safety, and teammate Dennis Smith were good mentors to him when he first got into the league. "I did everything Charlie said."

    Asked about his legendary hit on the Chiefs Christian Okoye Atwater said "It was a clean hit. Neither of us got hurt. Bo Jackson was tougher to tackle."

    After his talk Atwater graciously met with all the Quarterback Club members in attendance, talking football, signing autographs, and taking pictures. QB Club members left the meeting excited about the upcoming season!

    Future Quarterback Club meetings this Fall will feature a game watch party with Randy Gradishar and more! See our website for more information:

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  • #2
    Awesome. Steve is my favorite player of all time. He was a dropped INT from receiving co-MVP with Terrell Davis in Super Bowl 32. He was destroying everything that game. Such a big impact player.


    • #3
      Awesome, wish I could have been there.


      • #4

        Steve Atwater was like a Louis L'Amore character; "His eyes were always looking, even when they weren't moving. He was wide at the shoulder, narrow at the hip, tall, fast, and mean."

        Man I miss that guy playing for the Broncos.
        Seeing him level dudes was awesome.
        It's very cool to hear that he thinks there is a big difference between last year and this coming year.

        But to the Jackson thing...
        I never thought Kareem was another Atwater.
        That's crazy. But he is good... And he will be able to level a few guys and he can run with a WR too. So it's better than Rolling without him. He was a top of the league type tackler.

        No one out there we could have grabbed was an Atwater. But out of who we could have grabbed, Kareem was a very good choice and could be a pro-bowl level player for us.

        So I'm not taking that stuff as anything other than exactly what it is: True... But with a caveat... Atwater is a demigod judging mortals.