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Broncos magazine: Last line of defense is a strength for Denver

August 30, 2017 Updated: August 30, 2017 at 4:04 pm
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photo - (by Drew Litton)
(by Drew Litton) 

Fall and Winter are coming. Beware.

Let The Game Of Thorns begin.

Four kingdoms vie in the AFCWesteros — Oak Land, where the Dreaded Raider Wildthings, who soon will invade the Devil Desert Land, dwell: Los Angelos, inhabited by the Changeling Chargers of Wynken, Blynken and Nod, who have migrated northward from Sandiegos (and must share the Ramsrealm); the Principality of Missoukan, lorded over by Reid Chieftans, and the Sovereignty of Mountains and Plains, ruled by John The Duke at the Castle of Horses.

Only one can reign supreme in this difficult, distressful, dilemma-tic War of The Roses.

Led by a Chinese Dragon who breathes fire and ice and universally is known as Von, and who declares “You win, or you die in division,” and DireWolfe, the Broncoids do battle with the other three kingdoms in six Games of Thorn over four months on fields from the Wide Sea to the Stormlands.

What Warriors will prove to be the difference if the Mountain Men are to secure the Iron Sword?

They are the Five Horsemen of Apotheosis — recognized in all the world as Aqib The Prince of Darkness, Harris the Younger, Darian, Wardmaster and Roby of Nickel.

The quintet created a beastly-best defense against attackers — the No-Fly Zone Corps (or Core).

Harris was first to the select unit in 2011 when he arrived from the Stormlands, unwanted by others. He was joined in 2014 by Aqib, Wardmaster and Roby, and Darian was the last link to greatness in 2015. John QB7 had recruited the five to bond with the Mountain fighters.

These are achievements of each in conflict:

Harris The Younger: 103 regular and postseason games of thorn in the past six years, 402 tackles (11 in one game), 71 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three touchdowns on interceptions. Three times a Pro Bowl selection, on the first or second All-Pro teams twice, 2013 winner of good guy award, 2014 winner of courage award (after being wounded), recorded the longest touchdown interception return in Broncoids’ history (98 yards at Baltimore in ’12), selected by Pro Football Focus as the best cornerback in The League of Kingdoms last year, one of the most honored undrafted cornerbacks in NFL annals, credited by Aqib as having thought up No-Fly Zone moniker for the secondary (copied thoughtlessly by other teams).

The Prince of Darkness: Aqib ranked as the second-best overall cornerback in 2016, behind only Harris. This will be his 10th winter in The League — and four in the Mountain Kingdom. Has participated in 128 battles with three regiments, totaling 423 tackles, 33 interceptions, 111 passes defended, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in regular-season games. The “I” of the Tiger has the most interceptions among cornerbacks since his rookie season in 2008 and the most pick-sixes (nine) since 2009. He is one of only three cornerbacks to be chosen for the Pro Bowl in the past four seasons.

Darian: Last to the Group of Five in 2015, he has amassed 141 tackles in 34 games, five sacks, 19 defended passes, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In his seventh season, 2016, Darin’ Darian was named to his first Pro Bowl after being responsible for five turnovers. Hails from the Southern Territory and, like Harris, was undrafted. Has started exactly 100 regular-season games in his professional career.

Wardmaster: Escaped from the Cleve Landing Northern Outpost after four years and was enticed to the Land of Milk & Honey in 2014, where he has proved to be a strong, safety measure for the Broncomadics for 45 games. He has almost 600 career tackles and forced and/or recovered 14 fumbles. He played in three Pro Bowls and was a second-team All-Pro. He is one game away from 100 regular and postseason starts.

Roby: The youngest of the five at 25, he has appeared in all 52 games of his four seasons, with 150 tackles, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions. He has made two game-saving defensive plays. He had nine unassisted tackles in one game and eight in another. He is the most efficient nickel back in The League.

Collectively, N-FZ has played in 11 Pro Bowls, 29 postseason games and played together on one Super Bowl championship team. This primary secondary won the world championship two years ago and has been considered No. 1 in the league by experts over a three-year span.

There is work to be done and battles to be won this year. “Every time we go out we want to be the best there is or has ever been or will be,” Harris The Younger said at the gates recently.

What will any kingdom be able to do against such power and prowess in the N-FZ’s domination and determination to sit again on the throne of games?

Winter will be here soon enough.

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