Englewood, Colo. --Most players that hear their name called at Radio City Music Hall this weekend realize a life-long dream. The situation for former Wisconsin running back Montee Ball reaches another level.
Ball grew up a Broncos fan and now joins his favorite team as the 58th overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft.
"The Broncos have been my favorite team ever since I started watching football," he said. "To be a part of this family is something very special."
Growing up as a Broncos' diehard fan and an aspiring running back, Ball scrutinized the game of Terrell Davis, now in the Ring of Fame at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. In 2013, he has an opportunity to earn the admiration of Broncos Country just as Davis did in the 1990s.
"I've watched Terrell Davis—all of his interviews; all of his highlights; everything," Ball said. "I grew up watching him a little bit. It's really crazy right now. I'm so excited. I'm very, very excited."
A 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist, Ball amassed 77 rushing touchdowns in his four-year career in Madison, 25 more than the next closest total in that time span. He was a model of consistency and durability in college, finishing with 924 carries for 5,140 yards.
"Montee is a productive player with excellent feet and vision," Head Coach John Fox said. "We view him as a three-down back that will be a great fit for our team. He has top-flight character and we're pleased to add him to the Broncos."