Oakland Raiders linebacker Bill Romanowski looks at the possibility of getting booed at Invesco Field Monday as the norm. The Raiders (4-4) enter Monday night's matchup at Denver (5-2), where Romanowski played for six years, in a must win situation.
"I had a lot of great years there," Romanowski said. "I don't know if they'll boo me or not. I get booed in every other stadium."
Romanowski signed with the Raiders after learning he would lose his starting job to fourth-year man Ian Gold but is not treating Monday's game as a revenge matchup, at least not outwardly.
"You just have to be a pro," Romanowski said. "I like to think of every game as the same. You just need to stay focused on what you need to do."
The 36-year old Romanowski, however, was not going to be content being a backup. He started every game in his six seasons in Denver. Romanowski, who also previously played for Philadelphia and San Francisco, started all but one game since 1990. He has played on four Super Bowl championship teams, two in San Francisco and two in Denver.
Gold has warranted the Broncos belief that he was ready to play. He has tallied 40 tackles and two sacks. Romanowski, however, has shown why he is still going strong and has tallied 46 tackles, three sacks and one interception.
Romanowski has never missed a game in his 15 NFL seasons despite a reputation for being a hard hitter. He works out religiously and takes a daily dose of vitamins and supplements.
"The key for me is that I train year-round," Romanowski said. "When you can do that, then you'll have the best chance to stay healthy and in shape. "But what it really comes down to is desire. Do you have the desire to play the game at the highest level? And the answer for me is yes, that's why I do what I do."
Romanowski, who still has a home in Denver, and his teammates have a crucial task in front of them. Oakland has experienced a tailspin by losing four straight games after a promising 4-0 start.