DENVER - Last Sunday, former CSU-Pueblo defensive lineman Deyon Sizer trotted out from Arrowhead Stadium's tunnel in Kansas City, donning Denver Broncos navy and orange for the first time in his career.
Yes, it was cold. There was snow on the ground. But Sizer had chills for a very different reason.
"It was a dream come true," Sizer said of his first NFL start. "When you walk out there you get a little chill. But once I started looking around and realized where I was at...I started thinking back to all my training."
Sizer's training involved a very successful stint as a Pack player. In his senior season with the Thunderwolves in 2018, Sizer recorded 56 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Sizer was named to the All-RMAC First Team, and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Broncos in May.
It was tumultuous summer for the Colorado native. After Denver waived Sizer in July, the Broncos gave him another opportunity in August, signing him to the practice squad. It took months for Sizer to make the active roster.
But last week, he got the call.
"I was driving home after I signed that day, and I was like...wow. I didn't even have any music on. I just thought, 'I'm part of that 53'. I was just overfilled with joy," Sizer said.
Pack football coach John Wristen called to congratulate Sizer on his promotion that week, as Sizer prepared for Sunday's game against Kansas City. He saw the field for five snaps, and recorded one combined tackle in the second quarter.
Baby steps, Sizer says, in what he hopes is a long-term position.
"It's definitely a blessing," Sizer said Wednesday before practice. "Along the path, there's trials and tribulations along the way. The best thing you can do is keep at the grindstone. Just because you're activated doesn't mean you stay activated."
"I want to continue to give them everything I can, and improve day in and day out.