Pryce Back in Full Swing

It was less than six months ago that Trevor Pryce was put up for auction on the NFL trading block. No one in the league wanted to take a chance on a defensive lineman who had just missed most of the past season with a lower back injury.

The fact that he was a four time pro-bowler did not make him a valuable commodity. Not one of the other 31 NFL teams was willing to take a chance on a man who wreaked havoc on quarterbacks and running backs alike.

So he came back to the Broncos with his wallet a little lighter and a chance to show coaches and general managers around the league that they had made a mistake.

The former Clemson tiger got his opportunity Monday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. He proved that he not only can play, but perform like he did before his injury. Just ask Trent Green and the Chiefs offense.

On the NFL's biggest stage, Pryce made a huge statement: he's back and better than ever. The former first round pick of the Broncos along with the mighty Denver defense slashed through the two headed monster that was known as the Chiefs running game. Pryce and the defensive line held the 1-2 punch to 74 yards rushing.

Green was pressured by number 93 all night as he shed block after block making the quarterback's night one he would like to forget. Double teaming him didn't work well either, he still found a way to get to the quarterback and stop the run. After a while it seemed the only way the Chiefs were able to stop Pryce was to commit holding penalties.

Good defensive linemen are hard to find in the NFL. Fortunately for the Broncos, when the All-Pro defensive lineman was on the trading block, he ended up in the same place he started.

He is playing at his pro bowl best and when he makes his fifth trip in February, he'll be wearing a Bronco uniform, much to the dismay of the other 31 NFL teams.


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