Former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler, who replaced Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning and was eventually benched in his favor later in the same season, signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans this offseason, leaving the team he won a Super Bowl with on not-so-good terms.
On Thursday, news broke that Osweiler would not join his former team when President Obama honors them at the White House on Monday, many pointed to the quarterback’s relationship with the Broncos organization and former teammates as a reason why he wouldn’t make the ceremony, Obama’s final time honoring a sports team while in office.
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But Osweiler, for good reason, declined the offer extended by general manager John Elway. He released a statement thanking his former team.
“The Broncos graciously extended an invitation for me to join them at The White House on Monday, but due to a scheduled OTA in Houston, I feel it is important to be at practice with my new teammates. It’s a new offensive system for me and every practice and rep is extremely important. I am very appreciative of the Broncos wanting to include me on this special day.”
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