DENVER, Colo. - On Sunday, Mike Shanahan stood before an anxious group of post-game reporters, evaluating Ed McCaffrey's comeback as 92% complete.
The slightly tongue-in-cheek remark was enough to make even the media staff chuckle, considering a few hours earlier they had witnessed a streaking McCaffrey haul in Denver's longest touchdown reception of the season, a 69-yard slant play, forty-three seconds into the Broncos first possession.
Ninety-two per cent?
You've got to be kidding.
McCaffrey, who beat linebacker Zack Moreno and safety Rodney Harrison on the score, has become the poster child for modern miracles since breaking both the fibula and tibula in his left leg during last season's opener against the New York Giants. At the time, many wondered if his football career was over, some even questioned whether he would be able to walk normally without the use of a crutch.
Six receptions, 113-yards later and those questions almost seem forgotten. Now those same people ponder his return to another Pro Bowl or whether the wide receiver can help elevate the Broncos passing game and lead them to his third Super Bowl.
Afterall, this isn't just an ordinary player. This is the indestructible Ed McCaffrey. A man not afraid to go across the middle, regardless of circumstances. A player, unlike Randy Moss, that never takes a play off.
Ed McCaffrey has proven himself the closest thing to Superman the Denver Broncos will ever know.
But don't coin the phrase as his latest nickname, it seems Brian Griese has that one already set.
"I call him Wheels now," said Griese.
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