The kicker in Broncos kicker Matt Prater’s long-term deal is that Prater can now buy a house in Denver.
Prater, as it turns out, didn’t have a place to live in Denver. He told C.J. and Kreckman of 102.3 ESPN in Denver that, during his prior time with the team, Prater rested his legs, and the rest of his body, at a hotel.
“I’m actually in the process of looking for a condo or townhouse, because I’ve actually lived in a hotel for the last five years,” Prater said (via SportsRadioInterviews.com). “So I’m excited about moving out of the hotel.”
It could have been worse. He could have been living in a van down by the river.
Prater cashed in thanks in part to an ability to consistently kick the ball out of the end zone from the tee, and an ability to consistently put the ball through the uprights in the clutch. He said that his favorite moment from 2011 came at the end of the uncanny come-from-behind win over the Bears, when a 59-yard field goal not kicked by Tim Tebow forced overtime and a 51-yarder not kicked by Tim Tebow won the game.
“[I]t was later in the year and there were a couple seconds left and it was a longer kick,” Prater said. “I like kicking those longer ones; I don’t know why, I just expect to make them every time. . . . I think just the situation of the game, and then getting to hit another 50-yarder in overtime to win it was pretty awesome.”
Yes it was. And thanks to those kicks he can now afford to buy the hotel. And the van. And the river.