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T.J. Ward: We feed off the underdog role

T.J. Ward AP

Las Vegas installed the Panthers as 3.5-point favorites when the Super Bowl matchup was set a little more than a week ago and the general public seems to agree with that take as the line has steadily grown as bettors throw their cash behind the Carolina.

At Super Bowl Opening Night in San Jose on Monday, several members of the Broncos defense said that view of the matchup is fueling their fire heading into Sunday. While the feeling wasn’t unanimous — defensive end Derek Wolfe said that he always plays “angry” — safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Chris Harris each said that being perceived as the weaker team was a factor driving the team.

“It absolutely does,” Ward said. “We feed off the underdog role. It sounds clichéd but I feel like every time challengers knock on the door or the media says what we can’t do, we always answer the challenge. I’m eager to get to Sunday.”

“That’s kinda been our identity all season,” Harris said. “We’ve been underdogs quite a bit this season, more than I have been since I’ve been with the Broncos. We use that all as motivation. I saw on TV that 96 percent of the world thinks we’re going to lose, so you buy into those things and use them as motivation.”

Linebacker Brandon Marshall recounted the underdog tale that took him from being cut by the Jaguars to starting for the AFC champions before saying that people have been doubting the Broncos all season, but “we keep putting wins out.” With one more, doubting season will come crashing to a halt.

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5 Responses to “T.J. Ward: We feed off the underdog role”
  1. rgorr44 says: Feb 1, 2016 10:12 PM

    Heads up Carolina, TJ is always looking to take someone out.

  2. fumblenuts says: Feb 1, 2016 10:16 PM

    This team is focused and ready…..Carolina should quit dissing them.

  3. ohand16 says: Feb 1, 2016 11:25 PM

    I hate to say this but Olsen better watch out for Ward. I can see him taking Olsen’s knees out early in the game. And if that does happen, it’s a huge problem for Carolina.

  4. 74life says: Feb 2, 2016 1:41 AM

    Stick it to them TJ! I’m sick of hearing Carolina this and Carolina that. If you hit them hard enough they too will go down.

  5. tjg342011 says: Feb 2, 2016 11:07 AM

    Yeah honestly when you turn on the media about the Super Bowl honestly, you would think there was only one team playing in the Super Bowl. it’s sickening there’s two teams it took two teams to get here and it makes it not even fun or enjoyable for a Broncos fan to sit here and listen to these so called professionals Wright off the Broncos well before the games even played. they need to get over it they did the same thing with the Patriots game oh there’s no way they .. denver .. could stop them they’re healthy this time around ain’t no way not possible and must I say who’s in the damn big game now? go Broncos!!!!!

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