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Jan 28, 2014 8:27 PM by Andy Koen

Relatives excited as local Bronco prepares for Super Bowl

MONUMENT - There will be plenty of family members cheering for number 96 this Super Bowl Sunday both at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey and at right here in Colorado. Denver Broncos defensive lineman Mitch Unrein is a Colorado native who grew up in the town of Eaton about 45 miles north of Denver.

His cousin Don Unrein lives in Monument and is the head chef at the Ponderosa Retreat and Conference Center. He says the Unrein family always brings a big crowd to Broncos home games.

"At any given Bronco game, no exaggeration, there's probably 50 of us Unreins with jerseys, Mitch jerseys," he said. "It's really cool."

At 306 pounds, the third year defensive tackle is actually one of the smaller members of the Denver D-line.

"We call him the light one because he's only 306," Don joked. "Those other guys are 335, 340."

Head Coach John Fox has put Unrein to use on the offensive side of the ball as well. He's been called on as a full-back in short yardage rushing situations.

During the Tampa Bay game last December, Unrein became the first defensive lineman in Broncos history to catch a touchdown pass.

Don remembers when Mitch and his brothers were children going to watch the team practice in the off season in Greeley.

"Mitch used to go there and watch them and it was his dream you know," Don said. "He's really
living the dream."

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