Former University of Kentucky star Danny Trevathan, who played in high school at Leesburg in Florida, made his presence known in Super Bowl 50, scooping up two fumbles and leading the Denver Broncos in tackles.
Now, city officials in Leesburg plan to heap recognition on the standout linebacker who helped lead the Broncos to an upset 24-10 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers in the NFL championship game. They plan to honor their hometown hero with a parade as part of a series of events to highlight his achievement.
“He’s done something that’s inspirational to others,” Mayor Jay Hurley said after city commissioners decided this week to try to arrange festivities to give Trevathan a well-deserved pat on the back. The details are yet to be worked out, but City Commissioner John Christian said he is confident Trevathan will make time for such an occasion.
“It’s one of those feel-good stories where the average guy went out and did something great,” Christian said.
The city wants to “let him know we appreciate it,” he said.
On his Twitter account, @Grindin_59, Trevathan showed his inspirational side, writing, “Back in CO sitting back thanking God for the ups and downs in ya boy’s life while steady blessing me. I know w/o him nothin is possible!”
It was Trevathan’s second Super Bowl trip. The Broncos were routed 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks two years ago in Super Bowl XLVIII. Trevathan led both teams with seven solo tackles and five assists. After the loss, he promised on Twitter “Ima come back better than ever.” He made good on the pledge, recording eight tackles in the Broncos’ win Sunday against the favored Panthers.
Trevathan, a 2012 sixth-round draft pick, is a free agent and is expected to attract a lot of attention from teams. Remarked Hurley, “It’s a great time to be shopping [for a new team] when you’re on top, isn’t it?”
Trevathan thinks the Broncos deserve mention as one of the top defensive teams ever. He compared Denver’s dominating performance to that of the 1985 Chicago Bears, which is widely considered the best defensive team of all time.
“You’re going to ask me? No. 1. No. 1 in my opinion, over ’85 Bears,” he said, according to NFL.com. “If not No. 1, No. 2. I feel like we did a good job playing our games. It wasn’t ever pretty, but when you put it in our defense’s hand we always come up with that win.”