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Be like Mike (Purcell): Colorado kids have a new role model with the Broncos | Paul Klee | Premium

DENVER — For Colorado kids, there’s a new idol in town.

Mike Purcell was cut 10 times, by six NFL teams. He toiled on practice squads in New England, Chicago, San Francisco, Kansas City and North Carolina. He began 2019 in a league that no longer exists — the Alliance of American Football. When the AAF folded into oblivion, Purcell said, he briefly considered “a (real) job.”

“I probably would have (become a firefighter), if this didn’t work out,” Purcell said Tuesday.

It worked out — bigly. Once undrafted, unknown and unwanted, Big Mike signed a three-year extension with the Broncos, his hometown team, worth a reported $14.8 million — $8 million guaranteed. To honor the man, I drove from his old school, Highlands Ranch High, to UCHealth Training Center, where Purcell, a defensive lineman, became Colorado’s newest millionaire. The commute took 13 minutes. His wild journey took a decade

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Jets vs. Broncos odds, line: Thursday Night Football picks, predictions from model on 103-67 roll

The Denver Broncos can take solace in the fact that they played a pair of tight contests before being soundly defeated by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday. The New York Jets don’t have that luxury, however, as they were trounced in all three of their setbacks to start the 2020 NFL season. They both look to rise from the ranks of the winless when Broncos visit the Jets on Thursday Night Football. Kickoff from MetLife Stadium is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. 

Denver (0-3) squandered a lead in the final minute of its season-opening 16-14 loss to Tennessee and dropped a 26-21 decision at Pittsburgh before an ineffective performance in last week’s 28-10 home loss to Tampa Bay. New York (0-3) has been outscored 94-37 in its three defeats following a 36-7 debacle at Indianapolis in Week 3. The game is a pick’em in the latest Broncos vs. Jets

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