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ENGLEWOOD Justin Layne Jersey , Colo. (AP) — ignored in the NFL draft, Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has gone from head-scratcher to head-turner.“I remember the first couple of times I watched him five, six weeks ago on video, I had to get a flip card to figure out who he was,” Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.Broncos star linebacker Von Miller knows the feeling. He recalled that when Lindsay first showed up, he was known simply by the No. 2 jersey he wore.“When he was No. 2 running here in OTAs, nobody really knew who he was,” Miller said. “He was catching screens and passes all over the place. Then he got a little bit of success and he was the exact same guy. Hats off to Phillip for doing that. For being from Colorado, going to CU and having a whole town on your back, it can be tough. But he’s been the exact same guy.”As in, the Broncos’ best offensive player.When assessing the Broncos (4-6) , whom the Steelers (7-2-1) visit this weekend , Tomlin started off not with Emmanuel Sanders or Case Keenum but with the former University of Colorado star he called “a great runner who is dangerous.”On Friday, Lindsay said he appreciated the nod from Tomlin.“It is an honor. But now I’ve got to go out and do it again,” Lindsay told The Associated Press. “In his case, it sucks for him because now it’s time for him to see what it’s about.”Welcome, Mike Tomlin, to Phillip Lindsay’s told-you-so tour.“I’m proud to be undrafted and to be able to do the things I’ve done because it’s a slap in everybody’s face,” Lindsay said. “But you know at some point in time you’ve got to get past that and you have to go for other things that have that chip, something else has to always feed you.“First, for me, it was not getting drafted Zach Gentry Jersey , so I had to prove myself to get into the NFL. Now, I’m in the NFL. Now my whole thing is to show everybody that I’m the best rookie running back coming out and I didn’t even get drafted. So, shame on them.”Lindsay also uses the combine snub as his motivation.“Oh yeah, it’s disrespectful. But it fueled my fire and got me here to where I am today,” Lindsay said.On opening weekend, Lindsay’s 102 yards from scrimmage made him the third undrafted player — and first running back — in the common draft era (since 1967) to top 100 yards and score a touchdown in his NFL debut.With fellow rookie Royce Freeman, a third-round pick out of Oregon, injured, Lindsay made his first start in Week 8 at Kansas City and rushed for the most yards (95) in team history by a rookie in his starting debut.Lindsay is averaging 5.5 yards a carry and has rushed for 670 yards and five touchdowns, including two against the Chargers last week. He also has two dozen catches for 187 yards and a TD.“I think you can stop wondering 11 games in,” Tomlin said. “I think he’s got a big enough body of work. He’s a guy to be reckoned with. Inside and out L.J. Collier Jersey , he’s capable of making big runs.”Lindsay has become so valuable on offense that the Broncos are using Devontae Booker to return kicks and River Cracraft to return punts even though Lindsay is the team’s best player at both.What impresses Keenum is Lindsay’s upward trajectory even as defensive coordinators have begun scheming to stop him specifically: “I think for him to keep doing that is big time.”“Obviously, it’s Week 12 and it’s not a fluke,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said. “He’s a really good player. He’s a durable player and he makes plays every week.“We’re lucky to have him — very lucky.”Several teams reached out to Lindsay and his agent after he went undrafted, but the Broncos had a built-in advantage. The first player from the Broncos Futures Football program for middle schoolers to sign an NFL contract, Lindsay starred at Denver’s South High School before playing for the Buffaloes.Lindsay said he wanted to stay close to home — or, rather, at his parents’ home.“When you’re a college free agent, you’re not getting a lot of money,” Lindsay said. “So, you go somewhere else you damn near don’t have no money. But for me, I’m able to stay at home right now , save my money and be more comfortable. And it was just the best fit for me, a better fit for me all around.” ATLANTA — The Super Bowl is headed back to New Orleans for the 11th time and will make its fourth stop in Arizona.NFL owners voted unanimously on both sites Wednesday at the league’s annual spring meeting in Atlanta, which will host the 2019 Super Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.The 2023 title game will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, while New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome will host in 2024.Saints owner Gayle Benson, whose husband Tom Benson passed away in March, appreciated that the vote took only 60 seconds to complete. She attributed the quick tally to New Orleans’ unique culture.“It’s different from any other city that we have around,” she said. “We just have so many things to offer — the food, the culture, the hotels. We’ve got it all. It should be (there) every year.”This will be eighth time the game is held at the 43-year-old Superdome, more than any other stadium. Its most recent Super Bowl was in 2013 D.K. Metcalf Jersey , which is remembered for the power going out during the second half , resulting in a 34-minute delay.The retractable roof stadium in suburban Phoenix previously held the Super Bowl in 2008 and 2015 .“We’re thrilled by the unanimous vote and we look forward to making this the most fan-friendly Super Bowl in the history of Super Bowls and bigger and better than any Super Bowl,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said.Both teams have major stadium renovations planned. Benson said the Mercedes-Benz Superdome will soon begin an overhaul. Bidwill work has already begun on University of Phoenix Stadium.“Yes, we’ve already completed a number of renovations, but $100 million worth of renovations will be done by the Super Bowl by 2023,” Bidwill told The Associated Press.After this season’s game in Atlanta, the next three Super Bowls will be held at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium (2020), Raymond James Stadium in Tampa (2021) and the new Hollywood Park stadium in Los Angeles (2022).
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