Checking in with the newest Denver Bronco
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 01:09
One short year ago, Zac Dysert was busy preparing the RedHawks offense for a homecoming showdown with the University of Massachusetts Minute Men. Fast forward to this week, and nearly 1,200 miles west, Dysert sits next to Peyton Manning prepping for a completely different opponent: the Oakland Raiders.
Dysert said the past year has been nothing short of a childhood dream come true.
“It is crazy to think about still,” Dysert said. “Going from working hard at Miami, to learning the NFL game from the best quarterback to ever play the game is simply crazy.”
Selected in the seventh round by the Denver Broncos this past April, Dysert was the second to last quarterback in his class who received a call to the pros during the draft. However, Dysert and his down-to-earth Midwest personality had no problem waiting for the phone call of a lifetime: An offer from John Elway to join his Denver Broncos.
“I feel so blessed for this opportunity to come to Denver and to be a part of this team,” Dysert said. “I have always loved the game of football because it truly is a team sport. This organization from day one has preached the importance of team, and I believe it is the perfect situation for me.”
Dysert joins Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Rothlisberger as the only former RedHawks who will line up under center in the NFL this season. Dysert graduated as Miami’s all-time leader in passing attempts, completions and yardage. Just as impressive, he left his alma mater with a rock solid reputation, respected by his teammates and classmates alike.
“Zac was the most humble player I have been around since I joined the staff,” student assistant coach Joey Bowen said. “He took care and respected everyone from his coaches to the equipment staff.”
Denver management saw Zac’s refreshing values translate to the gridiron throughout training camp and solid preseason play (12-23, 179 yards, 1 TD) earned him a spot on the final roster. Keeping Dysert off the practice squad meant the Broncos would carry three quarterbacks on their opening day roster, a rarity in today’s NFL.
“Ever since I was a kid I have never played football for the publicity or individual praise,” Dysert said. “Winning games and pushing myself in the film room, weight room and on the practice field to make my team better is why I play.”
John Elway and head coach John Fox have told the media Dysert “earned his spot on the roster” and “has tremendous upside as an NFL quarterback.”
With the ink on the RedHawks’ football record books still fresh, Miami’s all-time leading passer views his rookie season much like his freshman redshirt year for the ’Hawks. A new playbook, a new city and learning from Peyton Manning’s every move are sure to have the Ada, Ohio native busy in the mile-high air.
“Denver is a great city, although one of the biggest things I miss about Oxford is the late night food,” Dysert said. “If I do not get to the store by 9 p.m. in Denver, I am not eating dinner.”
Substituting late-night Skyline stops for an NFL contract? Not bad Zac.