Corey Nelson An Unlikely Star In Broncos' Defense

October 18, 2014 10:07 PM

Corey Nelson An Unlikely Star In Broncos' Defense
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – Corey Nelson led the star-studded Denver Broncos in tackles last week after linebacker Danny Trevathan left the game against the New York Jets with a broken left leg.

Nelson won’t blame anybody for asking, “Corey who?”

He didn’t expect to hear his name called on draft day, much less over and over on the public address system at MetLife Stadium with his seven-tackle performance.

His senior season at Oklahoma ended with a torn left pectoral muscle in the Sooners’ fifth game, and he was denied a medical hardship by the NCAA for another year of eligibility.

So, he earned his degree in communications and started thinking maybe he could make a living talking about football instead of playing it.

“I didn’t even know if I was going to play NFL ball or even if this was a future for me,” Nelson said. “Just the way the season ended how I didn’t play (much). And I didn’t get that much burn my junior season just because a whole new (defensive coordinator) came in. I didn’t really play that much my college career "

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