Elvis Dumervil: 'We'll definitely be ready'

Denver Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil had a resurgent season, returning to the Pro Bowl after missing all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. He recorded 9 1/2 sacks, finishing strong while mentoring rookie standout outside linebacker Von Miller. Now, Dumervil is primed for the Broncos' AFC wild-card playoff game Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Dumervil's crushing sack of New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was one of the biggest hits of the season.

Dumervil led the NFL with 17 sacks two seasons ago.

For his career, Dumervil has recorded 52 1/2 career sacks, 171 tackles and 10 forced fumbles.

A former fourth-round draft pick from Louisville where he was an All-American who recorded six sacks in a single game and won the Bronko Nagurski trophy, the Ted Hendricks Award and the Big East Conference Player of the Year, the powerful 5-foot-11, 260-pounder engulfs offensive tackles with excellent hand leverage and a quick burst off the edge.

Dumervil has a wide repertoire of pass-rushing moves, including a bull rush, a trademark spin move and a tough speed rush.

In July 2010, Dumervil signed a six-year, $61.5 million contract extension that included $43.1 million in guaranteed money.

"Elvis Dumervil is an explosive man, he always works hard gives everything that he has and is a person always out to prove himself," said agent Marty Magid from MRM Sports (mrmsports.com), who represents Dumervil. "Elvis is a fine individual. Considering that people say he's undersized, he's one of the top players in the league. I'm always amazed at how powerful he plays."

Scout caught up with Dumervil on Friday for the following interview:

What kind of matchup do you expect this to be with the Steelers?

Dumervil: "It should be a good one. We're looking forward to it. We've had good preparation and practices for a good team like Pittsburgh coming into our house. We'll definitely be ready for them."

What's it like playing against Ben Roethlisberger with him being so elusive, at least when he's healthy?

Dumervil: "He likes to extend the play. That's when he's at his best. It will be a good challenge for us."

How tough was it to come back from your injury?

Dumervil: "I think it was a start. There's still something to prove. There's still a lot of guys banged-up. As far as the overall picture, coming back from injury and helping the team get to the playoffs, I'm definitely excited about that."

Do you relish proving the doubters wrong?

Dumervil: "I get that a lot. I learned from my mom that it's not what people say, it's what they do. Sometimes, you get motivation from that. I'm already a competitor, so you add that fuel."

As a shorter pass rusher, does it help you to get to the quarterback and beat tackles since you naturally have a lower pad level?

Dumervil: "I wouldn't know because I've never been tall. I was born with it. I don't mind. From the outside looking in, I was born with it and master my craft."

"When a guy is 6-foot-6 going against a guy like me, it's hard for them to prepare if they're not used to the height difference. It's good to have a different arsenal and burst if a guy oversets and you have the speed and power. It's good to be diverse."

What has this season been like?

Dumervil: "Especially putting up a couple wins together in a row, it becomes fun. It's much better to get to the playoffs, having that kind of team and a ticket to the dance, it brings a lot of smiles to your face."

What's it like playing with Tim Tebow?

Dumervil: "Obviously, everybody looks at him like, 'He's Tebow,' but he's a guy. He's a Bronco. We look at him as our teammate. He works hard. he has a good work ethic and is working to become a good quarterback and we're working hard with him."

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