Athletes are known for saying some strange and silly things, and the bigger the stakes, the more likely the chances that insane things come out of their mouths.
We believe that the Denver Broncos' Mike Adams is neither insane nor silly, but his stated desire to walk home after Sunday's Super Bowl sure sounds it on paper. After all, East Rutherford, N.J. to Denver is almost 1,800 miles on traditional roads, and at about 2,000 steps per mile, well, that's a lot of sore feet.
Except Adams wouldn't be going back to Denver. And the walking wouldn't be his penance if the Broncos lost. No, he plans to walk home if they win.
"If we win the Super Bowl, I'm going to keep my helmet and pads on and I'm walking home," Adams told the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla.
See, Adams grew up in nearby Paterson, N.J. — 7.2 miles via hoof — and he thinks that the journey could be some kind of spiritual pilgrimage knowing that most people who grew up there, at least in the part of town Adams was from, are just lucky to get out.
"It can be almost like a cancer," said Adams of his hometown. "And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill."
As for the sight of Adams strolling down the side of a highway in the witching hour Sunday night, yes, he freely admits it could be a bit odd. And besides, would he really make it the distance after playing in what could be 60 of the toughest minutes of football in his life?
"After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I'll start hitchhiking," Adams said, laughing. "But they'd probably think I'm just some crazy person."
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