Broncos coaches pushed Orange Julius to nearly quit

Julius Thomas Jumped Through Hoops to Get Where He Is

“He was getting frustrated because they were expecting too much from him coming off of surgery,” says his father, Greg, a high school principal and former college receiver. “They told him he wasn’t running full speed in one of the preseason games, and he called me and said ‘Dad, if this is what it takes, then maybe this isn’t for me. I’ve got to use these ankles for the rest of my life.’ ”

This is the best profile of Julius that we've seen, although we're pretty sure he was never on the practice squad - perhaps Klemko means that Thomas was relegated to scout team work last season.

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