In the pantheon of manliest Denver Broncos in franchise history, we have an immediate new entrant: Spencer Larsen, whom we’d never heard of and neither had you. Today, he became the first Bronco in team history to start on both offense and defense. Larsen lined up at middle linebacker today, then turned around and filled in at fullback.
Unlike your Deion Sanderses and Champ Baileys, where the player must be in phenomenal shape but gets his uniform dirty about seven times a game, Larsen is playing two of the most brutal positions in the game. In each instance, the player must charge headlong into a mass of large, angry opponents, right where the play is going to occur. Neither is a position for the meek or weak-boned.
Oh, and he started on special teams too, because he’s really good at that (strongly recommended viewing in high quality).
Larsen ended up third on the Broncos in tackles with 7; fellow LBs Jamie Winborn and Wesley Woodyard registered 10 and 9, respectively. And while he didn’t record any rushes or receptions on offense, fullbacks rarely do in Mike Shanahan’s system; he prefers to have them plant their helmets in the chests of opposing linebackers.
Again, all hail Spencer Larsen, throwing himself into rushing plays on both sides with the violent intensity of an auto collision. If he does this more than three or four times this season, he’ll end up bruised and broken, but only the most insane of fools can ever question his commitment to the team or game.