Posted January 08, 2014

Knowshon Moreno — and his monstrous tears — appears on regional cover of SI

AFC West, Denver Broncos, Sports Illustrated Cover

(Illustration by Guy Stauber)

Moments before the Broncos kicked off against the Chiefs on Dec. 1, Denver Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno had a moment to remember. As the national anthem blasted from the stadium’s speakers, tears streaked down Moreno’s face. It prompted the question: What could bring a running back in the midst of a breakout year on one of the best teams in the NFL to tears?

In this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, senior writer Tim Layden finds the truth behind Moreno’s tears.

(You can subscribe to Sports Illustrated here and purchase the tablet edition here.)

“You saw those tears and you wondered, What makes a player cry like that before a game? Especially a player like Knowshon Moreno, who is finally thriving in the NFL,” Layden writes. “In addition to his rushing stats, he caught 60 passes for 548 yards, by far the best in his career, and three more TDs. And he did this for a team with 13 wins and home field for as long as it survives in the AFC playoffs — Denver will face the Chargers on Jan. 12 — peaking- with a 37-carry, 224-yard game in the bitter cold against the Patriots on Nov. 24.”

“It’s always been that way for me, all the way back to high school and college,” Moreno said of the emotional moment. “During the anthem it’s always quiet and still, so I take in the moment and say a little prayer. Usually there’s no camera on me. I thank the Lord for letting me play the game. I thank Him for everything. I run through my whole life right there at that moment. Even the bad stuff.”

The No. 1-seeded Broncos play the sixth-seeded Chargers in the NFL divisional round on Sunday, Jan. 12.


Great article about Knowshon's life and how Knowshow uses his life experiences to motivate him and uses it to become a great football player, teammate and person. Knowshon is a great player and will get better each year he is in the leauge and their is nothing that will get him down. All you need to know is if you are a player thinking about trying to take is spot on the roster; you better be a motivated individual will a lot of will power and hard worker to even try. I have been watching Knowshon play football I my Town of Middletown, NJ since his freshmen year at Middletown South High School and this kids is a beast and all he does is get better and better every time he walks onto the football field. With this being his contract year I really hope the Broncos think long and hard and give this kid a new contract deal and give him what he is worth and trust me they will no regret it at all. He is a great player that is only going to get better. If the broncos don't give him a new deal an another teams picks him up and gives him a new deal they will regret it big time. Good Luck Knowshon and bring back that Lombardi Trophy to Denver and to Middletown, NJ. Hope to see you in NJ for the last game of the year the SB.



Flatulent word choice on the headline.


I think we need to stop questioning why a man cries. Don't get me wrong, I was curious and wanted to know. But we shouldn't question someone showing emotion. A man that is a "tough" football player can cry, a father can cry--society demands crazy standards where men can't cry and women aren't tough.

Crying is an art form and shows that people (male or female) care. Moreno reflects on his current life while looking back--he cares!