Posted Sat Jan 1st by Monty
I still remember vividly where I was, what I was wearing, and who I was with when I first heard the news that Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams had been shot and killed in the early morning hours of New Years Day, 2007.
It’s a tragic phenomenon shared by thousands, perhaps millions of Broncos fans the world over.
Hours before, the Broncos had lost a season-ending game to the San Francisco 49ers at home, and no matter how you spent the evening of December 31st, the news the next morning was sobering. For me and many others, it was an indelible shot of perspective. As consumed as I was in the game and the sudden lack of playoffs and a season’s loss, the news about Williams made all of that tragically inconsequential. A young man, a teammate, and a father had died.
Williams wouldn’t want us to dwell on his loss, but we honor and remember him each New Years Day nonetheless. For the Broncos and its fans, this holiday will never be the same. Rest In Peace, sir.
If you’re unfamiliar with Darrent Williams or you’d like to read more, feel free to see our coverage on Darrent Williams.
We hope all of you had a very safe and happy new year. Go Broncos! All Ready!