Learning from mistakes


Like I said last week, football is all about expecting the unexpected and Sunday was no exception. Not that we weren’t expecting the Colts to play as well as they did, because we certainly knew going in that they were good enough to play as well as they did. But unfortunately we made some mistakes throughout the game and they were able to capitalize. On the other hand they made very few mistakes and when they did we just weren’t able to turn it into numbers on the board.

Once again, no matter how things look on paper you just never know what is going to happen when you actually walk out on the field and play the game. Regardless of the mistakes that were made, there is really no point in pointing fingers or trying to place blame for what happened. We are a true team, so we win together and we lose together.

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of seizing opportunities and recognizing the opportunities you are given. As much as we wanted to stay undefeated, Sunday’s loss will ultimately benefit us because mistakes always reveal opportunities. Now we will just work that much harder and turn our weaknesses into strengths. Personally I would much rather learn our weaknesses in Week 7 than in the playoffs.

Of course I’d be lying if I said we didn’t want to go undefeated – that should really be every team’s goal at the start of the season. But our primary goal has always been to win the Super Bowl, and we are still on track to reach that goal. We know what we need to do to be perfect, and we will work every day and never be satisfied until that goal is reached.

It is also important to remember that there is much more to life than football. I’ve been blessed over the past couple of years to work with Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Colorado to help out some kids that are underdogs in every sense of the word. The time I have spent working with the kids in that program have been more rewarding than any football game and I am so grateful for the opportunity to give back. This semester I held an essay contest for these kids to have an opportunity to win prizes like being my special guest for a game and Broncos autographs. This past Monday we held a ceremony to announce the winners.

Harris Jr., his wife Leah and the winners

The winning essay belonged to Matthew Rhodes whose topic was “What makes a leader?” and the runner-up was Jaeden Russell whose topic was “What does being an underdog mean to you?” As the winner, Matthew will be my special guest at this weekend’s game against Washington where he and his Big Brother will have the opportunity to meet several other players after the game. Jaeden will receive a football autographed by the entire Broncos team and a t-shirt. I’m so proud of the work that Matthew, Jaeden and the other kids put in to this essay contest.

Speaking of this weekend’s game, my focus is already there. Any time you have a game that doesn’t go the way you wanted it to, it just increases the hunger and the desire to get that taste out of your mouth the following week. We learned some valuable lessons on Sunday and we’ll be even stronger when we take the field this weekend as a result.

Thanks again for all of your support. Broncos up!

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  • Jp Schwind

    Its such a great thing that your doing in your community… kids are blessed to have you and I’m sure you are too..

  • Clancy

    Nice job Chris,

    We love hearing from you Buddy. Keep working hard, and stay healthy! The team can’t afford you to be missing on game day!

  • John Gilmore

    I’ll bet you made Matthew’s and Jaeden’s day. Your work with the community brings them joy and hope. Good job!

    And may you continue to enjoy good luck on the field! Broncos Nation is behind you 100%