Stories Behind the Numbers
But Ball has been a Broncos fan since the late 1990’s, when he decorated his bedroom in a Denver motif. So he knows as well as anyone that Davis was the first link in a chain of 1,000-yard runners that spanned most of the Mike Shanahan era.
When Ball arrived, he was presented with multiple numbers from which to choose. Knowing Broncos history, one lept at him, so he grabbed it.
“I wanted 38: Mike Anderson,” Ball said, citing the 1,000-yard rusher of 2000 and 2005 who was also the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2000.
Hard not to like a guy who knows the Broncos' history as well as the rest of us nerds.
Here's hoping next time he goes Nirvana-era and mentions Gaston Green or Rod Bernstine just to show off.