Boss Up, Ward Boy. Denver Broncos Safety TJ Ward has his own hashtags when he uses his social media platforms, what do they all mean? Attitude. You never have to worry about TJ bringing attitude every game. Back in 2014 when the Broncos’ were decimated by the Seahawks in Super Bowl 48 due to the legion of boom, Elway went out and signed guys who would bring attitude and grit to the team. What it unearthed is what we call today, the No Fly Zone. Elway was right, the No Fly Zone brought the city of Denver their third championship.
As Talib said in an interview with Mike Silver today, Talib admitted that they had a Super Bowl hangover and they are locked in. TJ echoed these sentiments today and promised that the team has not forgotten about not making the playoffs and that’s all the fuel they need. “I definitely feel we came out with a better spark this year for sure. You can definitely tell that this team is on a mission. It’s the way we practice and it’s carried over from OTAs and minicamp.”
Ward doesn’t need the outside media fueling any fires, “My fire is already fueled. I believe that for the whole team. Last year we didn’t make the playoffs, how much more motivation do you need? We need to try and win this division and what is said from here and throughout the season, it doesn’t matter because the results change automatically.” On if Head Coach Vance Joseph references last season “We didn’t bring up last year, we’re starting fresh-a clean slate. Its 2017, we’re starting the 2017 season and doing it from here. We’re not worried about last year but it’s definitely in the back of our heads as players.”
The Boss doesn’t care how he matches up to other safeties, it’s just how he does, “If I’m playing this game, I’m playing to be the best. If I’m not playing, then it’s time to retire. I’m always looking to be the best in my field and play to the best of my ability while I’m still able to perform. Until then, I’m striving.”
If you follow TJ on Instagram you know that he is in TOP shape. His insta stories are the best. I can verify that I have seen the goods and he is in the best shape of his life. If TJ stays healthy, I think this will be one of his best years. “I feel like I’m at my peak right now. I’m 30 years old, I feel the best shape of my life. I’m as smart as I’ve ever been. I feel great.”
Contract year for TJ and once Elway signed his five year deal, I tweeted to Elway and pleaded that he keep the No Fly Zone together…because you know Elway listens to me. 🙂 TJ said he’s focused on getting back to the ship and the contract will work itself out. Great attitude off the field and “bad” attitude on the field… #BossUp.