As training camp carries on, you cannot help but notice what I have heard been called the new, “Three Amigos,” on the field.
The original “Three Amigos” were receivers Mark Jackson, Vance Johnson, and Ricky Nattiel. The nickname came about by something John Elway had said after a game.
According to the Denver Post (since this happened before I was even born) in 1987, the Denver Broncos just came off of the field from a win over the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football. “I couldn’t have done it without my amigos,” Elway said, referring to Jackson, Johnson, and Nattiel, who had all caught touchdown passes from him that night.
Between the three men, assuming my math is correct, (an oxymoronic statement for a journalist) they had 812 receptions, 12,413 yards, and 69 touchdowns in regular season Broncos’ games. They each averaged about 100 games a piece.
Though they never won a Super Bowl with Elway, the last amigo leaving in 1995, most people remember “The Catch” that Jackson did in the final minutes of the AFC Championship game against the Cleveland Browns in 1987. His 5-yard touchdown catch sent the Broncos into overtime, which they then won to advance to the Super Bowl with the Giants.
“The time we played in was pretty much a decade of great Bronco football when the NFL was much more personal. It was before free agency and fans got to know and love the players, with a deeper relationship,” Jackson said.
As Broncos’ fans, however, we can’t help to know, and love the new generation’s “three amigos” in Wes Welker, Damaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker.
“They’re (Thomas and Decker) a big reason on why I wanted to come here. They’re great players, and I look forward to going into battle with them,” Welker said in an interview on Wednesday.
Welker, who had 118 receptions and 1,354 yards in 2012, could be the boost the Broncos need to get us from the fifth-ranked passing attack from last year, to the first this year.
Though the original “three amigos” never got that Super Bowl ring, maybe it is in the cards for the new “three amigos.” We can only hope.