The death of T.J. Ward's high school friend motivates him to play his best.
The murder of Terrance Kelly in August 2004, which the Denver Broncos safety memorialised with an angel tattoo, occurred just a few hours before the freshman was supposed to leave for summer practices at Oregon.
Although it remains one of worst experiences of his life, Ward uses the tragedy to drive his performance on the field - and will once more when the Broncos meet the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50.
"I think about him everyday... I mean everyday," Ward said Thursday, via The Denver Post . "And I know he will have an eye in the sky on me on Sunday.
"T.K. goes where I go. They see me, they see him."
Golden foot: Most players do not want their Super Bowl game to come down to the wire. The Super Bowl 50 kickers are not those players.
Broncos second-year kicker Brandon McManus is hoping Sunday's meeting between Denver and Carolina will be decided by a field goal.
Getting pumped: During Thursday's episode of The Late Show, Broncos and Panthers players talked about what gets them pumped up on a segment with Stephen Colbert.
"Everyday I wake up at 4 am so I can get out there and score some really good deals at garage sales," cornerback Aqib Talib said. "Nothing else gets me going like paying only $2 for a used Crock-Pot."
As for linebacker Von Miller, he looks to something more similar to his profession.
"I just think to myself, 'What would the Harlem Globetrotters do? But for football?'" Miller said.
Puppies dive into Denver: On Thursday's episode of The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, a mob of puppies predicted the winner of Super Bowl 50 by opting to dive into a Denver dog dish.