The Denver Broncos have a brand new fan base tuning in to Super Bowl XLVIII this Sunday night. Texas Tech fans, alumni and even former coaches everywhere are pulling for the three Red Raiders on Denver’s record-setting offense.
Wes Welker, Louis Vasquez and Manny Ramirez all played under former Tech head coach Mike Leach, who’s just as excited as we are about his guys making it to the big game. Former Avalanche-Journal reporter Nick Kosmider, now with The Denver Post, posted this article yesterday on the three Red Raiders in Super Bowl XLVIII, with comments from Leach.
Washington State coach Mike Leach, who coached Welker, Ramirez and Vasquez during his previous job at Texas Tech, estimates that he will be one of the few souls in the Pacific Northwest pulling for the Broncos against Seattle.
It’s nice to hear from coach Leach again on something not related to a lawsuit. He goes on to talk about the two linemen, Ramirez and Vasquez, in particular.
“Manny was freakishly strong,” Leach said. “He could bench 550 pounds, and I’m not sure if I’ve had anybody else who could do that. Louis was just more talented than everybody else. I used to hope somebody on the other team would hit him in the mouth early the game, because then he would just explode and really wreck people inside.”
With Ramirez and Vasquez protecting him, Denver quarterback Payton Manning has set single season NFL records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55), with 778/10 of those going to Wes Welker.