Denver Broncos free safety Mike Adams has a unique set of plans to celebrate if his team knocks off the Seattle Seahawks to win Super Bowl XLVIII.
The 32-year-old veteran is a native of Paterson, N.J., which happens to be located just 12 miles from East Rutherford's MetLife Stadium. That led Adams to promise that if the Broncos claim victory, he will make the trek to his hometown—without removing his game gear—once the game is over.
Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post reported on this interesting subplot on Sunday, Jan. 26:
If we win the Super Bowl, I'm going to keep my helmet and pads on and I'm walking home. ...
... After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I'll start hitchhiking. But they'd probably think I'm just some crazy person.
Walking that far after starting in the biggest football game imaginable figures to be a physically grueling task, but it could also be a dangerous one. Kiszla implied that crime and violence are prevalent in Paterson, and Adams discussed how rough of a place it can be, making a bold analogy in describing his thoughts on the area.
"It can be almost like a cancer," Adams said. "And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill."
Still, if Adams strolls into town having helped deliver Denver a Lombardi Trophy, he'll make those who occupy his hometown proud.
This unique scene should certainly be documented if it comes to fruition, but first Denver will have to overcome Seattle's No. 1-ranked defense and the possible inclement weather to triumph in the NFL's ultimate finale.
Adams played in all 16 games in the regular season for the Broncos, starting seven games and helping a defense that lost starting safety Rahim Moore to lateral compartment syndrome in the second half of the 2013 campaign.
The former undrafted free agent has thrived in the pros for 10 seasons, so it wouldn't be wise to bet against Adams fulfilling his vow and marching to Paterson despite his postgame fatigue.