May 20, 2013; Englewood, CO, USA; Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) speaks to the media following organized team activities at the Broncos training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

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Before the No. 4 seeded University of Denver Lacrosse team and the No. 1 seeded Syracuse University Orange play on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., Denver was graced with the presence of Wes Welker. The Denver Bronco didn’t dazzle like Ray Lewis’ speech to the Loyola Lacrosse team last year, but he did speak from the heart. He spoke about pain, sacrifice, and hard work.

My initial thought was, “Was Peyton Manning unavailable?” But, then I came to realize that Welker’s less than ostentatious journey to the NFL is similar (not really, but you know) to Denver’s journey to the Final Four. Denver and Welker’s path to the big game from small, humble beginnings is inspiring.