Days before Super Bowl LI, Broncos safety T.J. Ward walked around Houston while wearing his Super Bowl 50 ring. The ring was so big, in fact, that Ward was wearing the ring on his index finger.
“Yeah, man, this ring is heavy,” Ward said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “I got to take it off every once in a while just to let me finger rest. It’s a great feeling being a champ.”
In 2015, The Broncos rode one of the best defenses in NFL history to a Super Bowl title, beating Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, 24-10. That unit now finds itself in the same sentence as the ’85 Bears and 2000 Ravens.
“Just getting that credit as a defense and putting up the numbers we did, that is a great feeling,” Ward said. “But it’s still a team game. We couldn’t have done it without the offense and special teams.”
Ward said there was a lot of trash talk in Super 50, but that the Broncos wanted to “come out and hit (Newton) in the mouth.”
“That’s what we want to do,” Ward said. “We’re going to set a tone. They want to be the aggressors. They think they’re hard-nose and run the ball down your throat and all that – that’s not going to happen. (Passing the ball is) not going to happen, either. Just take this ill and go home.”
Newton finished 18-of-41 for 265 yards, an interception, two fumbles and was sacked six times. He didn’t do much dabbing that night.
“It didn’t bother me against other teams when I watched throughout the season,” Ward said of Newton’s dancing. “I didn’t have a problem with it. But you’re not going to do it to us. That’s what my mindset was, and it’s great to have 11 guys out there that have that same mindset. That’s what made us so good.”