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Trevathan worked his way into the starting lineup this summer when the Broncos moved Wesley Woodyard to middle linebacker and inserted Nate Irving on the strongside with star Von Miller having to sit out the first six games on a drug suspension.

“Danny’s got things that you can’t coach. He’s got speed. He’s got instincts,” linebackers coach Richard Smith said. “So, this gave us the opportunity to get more speed on the field.”

A shoulder stinger would eventually render Woodyard, a fellow Kentucky alum, a backup.

“Even though he’s not on the field, he’s with me in my head all the time,” Trevathan said. “That’s how I’m going to carry him.”

There’s that maturity again, that growth that the Broncos believe will come in handy in the Super Bowl, where Trevathan can get the ultimate redemption.

“Life is a game. It’s ups and downs, highs and lows. But, you know, I like my lows and I like my highs because without my lows, I never know what my highs are,” Trevathan said. “It was a rough, roller-coaster year but we pulled it together. I’ve got a strong faith in God and I’ve got a strong faith within my team. We’re here now and we’ve just got to get this one more win.”

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