“I just felt like somebody gave me a chance and I didn’t really look into the Broncos too much because I grew up as a Chiefs fan,” the Kansas City native told reporters last week at Super Bowl media day. “At first I was like, ah man, the Broncos. But then when I was able to really learn and actually pay attention to my football history and just know how great of an organization the Broncos was, how big of a family that it is, I’m so Bronco right now.
“I love where I’m at, I love the people that I’m around everyday. I love this organization and being here. The fact that they gave me an opportunity to show the kind of person that I truly am and to be able to play on such a great football team and a great defense, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Well, it did get better.
Ray and the Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco on Sunday night.
Ray, a rookie outside linebacker, contributed to the dominating Denver defensive effort with two tackles and a forced fumble.
The Missouri product finished the regular season with 20 tackles, four sacks and one pass defensed in 14 games. He did not record any stats in the Broncos’ previous two playoff games, but he was able to contribute on Sunday.