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Broncos win would make ex-NU cornerback Marquice Cole a Super Bowl champ

Updated: March 3, 2014 4:24PM



JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When cornerback Marquice Cole signed with the Denver Broncos 16 days ago, he didn’t look for a place to live. The Broncos’ season would end with their next loss anyway.

So the Hillcrest High School and Northwestern alum moved into a Denver hotel with a bag that contained two hooded sweat shirts and two pairs of sweat pants to chase his Super Bowl dream. That dream might come true Sunday.

‘‘If we win this game, I’m gonna be a world champion, and that’s a great feeling regardless of what led up to this,’’ Cole, 30, said Wednesday.

After being cut Dec. 26 by the New England Patriots, Cole was signed by the Broncos on Jan. 14
— during preparations for their AFC Championship Game against the Patriots.

Cole, who played three seasons with the New York Jets and almost two with the Patriots, denied the Broncos pumped him for information.

‘‘What could I possibly tell [Broncos quarterback] Peyton Manning he wouldn’t have known about their defense?’’ he said.

Cole said he’s happy about where he landed.

‘‘When I was in New England, I was there all season, then the playoffs come and I’m not there,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s the other end of the spectrum. Luckily, I was able to be on both sides and come out on the good side.’’

No retirement

Despite his claim Monday, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie won’t call it quits if the Broncos win Sunday.

‘‘I’m definitely not retiring,’’ he said. ‘‘What I’m saying is, when I look at the history of the NFL and I look at these guys that come off a one-year contract, that’s it for them. . . .

‘‘You have to think about the inside and outside of football.’’

This and that

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch didn’t practice. He hasn’t practiced on Wednesdays for most of the season.

 Broncos defensive tackle Sione Fua missed practice with a calf problem.

Cole said he wasn’t surprised the call for college players to unionize was led by Northwestern, but he had no strong opinion about its practicality.

He said he would have supported being paid while he played but isn’t so sure now.

‘‘I’m appreciative of a full scholarship, but that’s me,’’
Cole said.

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