Broncos safety Justin Simmons thankful for Steve Atwater’s mentorship

Following his two-interception performance against the Baltimore Ravens last week, Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons has now totaled 24 interceptions in his career.

After grabbing interception No. 24 on Sunday, Simmons is now tied with Steve Atwater for ninth place on the team’s all-time interceptions list. Simmons was asked about tying Atwater’s total during his media availability on Wednesday.

“That’s pretty cool,” Simmons said. “I didn’t notice that. It means a lot. I think anytime you’re in the same sentence as a hall of famer like Steve, there is obviously high praise there. That’s really cool. I know I’ve always shared every time I’ve talked about Steve, but he’s meant so much to me and my growth, not only as a player, but just as a man, as a professional, as a husband.

“Just the little tidbits he gives me every time we’re walking off the field, or I see him after the game — after a win, or even after loss. He’s been such a pillar in my life since I’ve stepped in here and I got drafted. I can’t be more thankful for him. Just to be in the same realm when we are talking about interceptions and obviously tying him with that — it’s just a tremendous blessing. That’s exactly what it is.”

Simmons needs two more interceptions to tie former cornerback Louis Wright for eighth place on the team’s all-time list. Simmons has recorded three interceptions so far this year and he totaled at least four interceptions in each of the three years leading up to the 2022 season.

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