Tight end Nick Kasa playing for the Colorado Buffaloes in 2012.(Photo: Doug Pensinger, Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD—On Sunday, Nick Kasa was sitting in
section 100, row 38, screaming for his favorite team, the Denver Broncos.
“I lost my voice cheering for them,’’ Kasa said.
On Monday, the Thornton-raised, University of Colorado Buffalo exchanged cheering for the Broncos for being a Bronco. He was signed to their practice squad to take the place of tight end Dan Light, who was released Monday.
Kasa arrives just in time for Super Bowl 50 preparations. He’ll be on the team charter flight Sunday afternoon and head to Santa Clara, Calif., where the Broncos will continue to prepare for their Big Game against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers.
“I feel a little guilty about it because I know these guys have been working hard all year,” Kasa said. “And I’m just jumping on board here at the end.”
Strangely, the team playing against the Broncos in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, the New England Patriots, had also talked to Kasa at various times during the season. But Kasa had settled on trying to find his best fit during the offseason.
When his hometown Broncos called though, and offered him not only employment but a Super Bowl experience, there was no reason to wait.
Born 25 years ago in Rochester, N.Y, Kasa moved to Thornton before he was 1 and attended Legacy High School in Broomfield before playing at CU. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2013 draft and caught a 9-yard touchdown late in a 34-14 loss to the Broncos that year.
It remains Kasa only NFL catch. Yet, the dream lives on.
He watched the AFC Championship Game with some friends who also knew their football. So did he watch it analytically as a football player or rabidly as a fan?
“A little bit of both,’’ he said. “It was a great game. The best game I’ve ever seen as a fan.’’
Next up for Kasa is to meet quarterback Peyton Manning before it’s too late.
“He’s been a little busy,’’ Kasa said. “I’m just trying not to get in anybody’s way.’’
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