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Broncos: Trindon Holliday, the Broncos and the BCS

Published: January 7, 2014, 10:25 am, by Paul Klee

There’s an ongoing debate about what to do with Trindon Holliday in the playoffs.

Are his big fumbles worth his big returns? The Broncos’ kick returner is the perfect example of risk-reward, a game-changer for either team. He’s the rare NFL player who scares his own team as much as the other team. 

Perhaps I’m too much of a Holliday advocate, but I want him returning punts and kicks on special teams, not shuffling in and out of games in favor of sure-handed Eric Decker or Wes Welker.  In assembling a roster, in any sport, I always want players the other team doesn’t want to deal with. Opponents don’t want to deal with Trindon Holliday.

Which takes us to the BCS championship game. I had three highlights from Monday night: Tim Tebow’s prediction (he missed by a single point), Brent Musburger referencing De La Soul (a childhood soundtrack) and Kermit Whitfield’s 100-yard kick return for a touchdown.

At 5-foot-7, Whitfield ran a 10.15 in the 100 meters. In the BCS title game, he saved the Seminoles’ day.

At 5-5, Holliday ran a 10.07 in the 100 meters. In the NFL playoffs last year, he almost saved the Broncos’ day.

“He had Olympic speed,” LSU track coach Dennis Shaver told me last year. 

The Broncos open the playoffs against the Chargers, and their kick returner is a tiny afterthought. He was last year, too, and became the first player to return a punt and a kick for touchdowns in the same playoff game.

That makes him worth the risk.

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