ENGLEWOOD — In a season of failing to close when it counts the most, Broncos defensive lineman Deyon Sizer is a rare exception.
"It was just like I was driving home after I signed that day and I was like, I really just signed, I'm part of the 53," Sizer said.
This time last year, the former CSU-Pueblo defensive star was making plays down in Pueblo.
"The in-state love has been amazing and my head coach called and congratulated me when he got the news and my defensive coach did too and it was just amazing," Sizer said.
The Aurora native has played himself onto denier's active roster, including recording a tackle in his NFL debut at Kansas City last week.
"To finally get called up and get a few snaps in the game, it was a dream, it truly was," Sizer said.
For this Division II grinder turned professional football player, it's the classic tale of hard working paying off.
"The best thing you can do is really just keep at the grindstone and keep doing what you do," Sizer said.
It has been a year of perseverance for the 6'4, 280 lb. defensive lineman. Sizer was signed after a rookie mini-camp tryout, added to the practice squad, released and then brought back, all in the past five months. The final three games are an opportunity of a lifetime to prove he can be a factor on Sundays for Vic Fangio's defensive unit.
"These last couple games, just do it like I've always done it and give it my all on everything I can," Sizer said.
The hometown favorite will have a huge cheering section Sunday, when No. 91 suits up at Mile High Stadium for the first time as the Broncos host the Lions.
"Definitely some family and friends are coming," Sizer said.
A chance to impress those who've helped him get to this point and possibly find a permenant roster spot with his hometown team.
"That's my biggest thing, is just to continue to give them everything I can and grow and improve day in and day out," Sizer said. "At the end of it, you know you won't be disappointed if you gave everything you had."