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Broncos suddenly must be considered serious Super Bowl XLVII contenders

Originally Published: September 14, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

When Joel Dreessen was in high school in Fort Morgan, Colo., posters of John Elway hung on his bedroom walls. The Denver Broncos were winning Super Bowls then, and Dreessen would go in his backyard and throw footballs to himself, pretending to be Elway, Terrell Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith.

"Over and over and over again," Dreessen said.

So it is not lost on Dreessen, the Broncos' starting tight end this season, just where he is now, and for whom and ...

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