DENVER It all started nearly 10 years ago when Willis McGahee went crashing to the turf in the Fiesta Bowl.
Since then, he has kept a running tally on how many times he has been written off.
About eight or nine times, said the Denver Broncos running back. Since Ive been coming into the (NFL), Ive been written off. Ive been written off ever since that (Fiesta Bowl).
That was the Jan. 3, 2003, game in which the then-Miami Hurricanes star tore three ligaments in his left knee in a 31-24 overtime loss to Ohio State for the national title. The injury resulted in McGahee missing all of the 2003 season after being drafted in the first round by the Buffalo Bills.
McGahee soon bounced back with a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons and a 990-yard one for the Bills and a 1,200-yard campaign for the Baltimore Ravens. But then it was a return to being written off again.
McGahee looked close to being done when he was a relegated to mostly backup duty for three straight seasons in Baltimore,...