Adam Gotsis’ love of American football started with Madden, Rose Bowl – The Denver Post

6 months ago Comments Off on Adam Gotsis’ love of American football started with Madden, Rose Bowl – The Denver Post

It started with a flyer, a few games of Madden and the 2006 Rose Bowl.

Adam Gotsis, a defensive lineman from Georgia Tech and the Broncos’ second-round pick, grew up in Abbotsford, Australia, as an Aussie Rules Football player with aspirations of playing rugby. American football wasn’t part of the dream. Not initially, anyway, and not without a bit of encouragement from his family.

His mother found a flyer on the web for an American football team for players age 14-19. For the 15-year-old Gotsis, playing among 19-year-olds with full beards was daunting. But with some coaxing by his older brother, Gotsis paid $300, received his pads, then headed to small, roped-off fields once a week for practice and once more for games.

But he went in almost sight unseen. Gotsis’ limited knowledge of the sport came courtesy of EA Sports’ Madden video games and Vince Young’s historic night in Pasadena, Calif., against Southern Cal in 2006.

“I remember watching that and I was like, ‘Man, I love it,’ he said. “That was one of the craziest games I watched.”

Six years later, his love took him to Georgia Tech, where coach Paul Johnson watched him grow from an inexperienced freshman to a three-year starter, racking up 110 total tackles and 12½ sacks before a knee injury ended his 2015 season early.

The Broncos’ scouting team took notice. Defensive line coach Bill Kollar fit him in among more than 30 interviews at the NFL scouting combine in February, then returned to Colorado to watch the film of his time in Georgia.

“The guy really played hard, which you want no matter what,” Kollar said. “Then he’s got the ability to rush the passer. Nowadays, as a defensive lineman, you got to be able to rush a passer. He shows that.”

And the resemblance to another Broncos’ second-round pick, in 2012, was unmistakable.

“There’s no doubt,” Kollar said. “The way he played, watching (Derek) Wolfe coming out of college, they were pretty similar.”

Get sports news and updates right in your inbox

Sign up to receive news alerts and a daily roundup of all things Colorado sports delivered to your inbox.

Gotsis’ quick rise carried intrigue and promise. Kollar’s early impressions of the Aussie soon were shared by Broncos general manager John Elway, coach Gary Kubiak and director of player personnel Matt Russell.

Friday night, Gotsis, his brother and two younger sisters waited with anxious anticipation, hoping to hear his phone ring — from anyone at any time. He got it around 9:30 p.m. when the Broncos selected him after spurning offers to move down in the draft.

“You could hear a pin drop in the room. Everyone just went quiet,” Gotsis recalled. “They actually thought I was going to the Panthers, because I was on the phone and it says the pick’s in (on TV), but it’s a bit delayed. … They were just so happy to see it’s all working out and all the sacrifice and coming over here by myself and just grinding and not having a place if I wanted to go home for a weekend, nothing having Thanksgiving — I’m staying on campus by myself. Everyone else is going home to their families. All those moments that I sacrificed where I could have been with my family, it’s finally paying off.”

Nicki Jhabvala: or @NickiJhabvala

Adam Gotsis, Broncos’ second-round draft pick

    Related Posts

    Pogba finally leads the way

    6 days ago
    After some so-so games for Man Utd, Paul Pogba was superb vs. Fenerbahce. His two goals in Thursday's 4-1 win and endless industry in midfield were a welcome sight... Read More

    Von Miller to hold summer football camp in Englewood – The Denver Post (blog)

    8 months ago
    Broncos linebacker Von Miller will hold a two-day Safeway Football ProCamp presented by Papa John’s on June 21st and 22nd. (John Leyba, The Denver Post) Colorado grade schoolers will... Read More

    ‘Canes welcome 11 new players to football program – Sun Sentinel (blog)

    5 months ago
    The Hurricanes already welcomed five members of their 2016 signing class as early enrollees. Linebackers Shaquille Quarterman, Mike Pinckney and Zach McCloud, along with quarterback Jack Allison and defensive... Read More

    Tomlin's curveball delivers as he stymies Jays' offense in Game 2 win – Sports Illustrated

    2 weeks ago
    Sports Illustrated Tomlin’s curveball delivers as he stymies Jays’ offense in Game 2 winSports IllustratedIndians starter Josh Tomlin has struggled all year to have an effective curveball, but the... Read More
    Real Time Web Analytics