Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 4/22/13

After a standout college career at the University of Miami, Willis McGahee injured his knee in his last game as a Hurricane in the 2003 national championship game, however, his skill was so highly touted that the Bills selected him in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft even though he was still recovering. McGahee spent four years in Buffalo before being traded to the Baltimore Ravens in 2007 and in 2011, McGahee signed a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos worth $9.5 million, $3 million being guaranteed. He became a fixture in the Broncos backfield and working with Tim Tebow ran the read option to the playoffs. He also was a Pro-Bowl selection and everything seed to be flowing his way. The addition of Peyton Manning in 2012 promised to be an even more productive season for McGahee, but a knee injury shelved his season. He now is on the comeback trail again, but with speculation that the Broncos will invest in some running backs in the 2013 NFL Draft, McGahee will have to battle for his starter role. He spoke to 102.3 ESPN in Denver about getting older and having to prove he still has it. “I’m still a part of the team’s plans, but at the end of the day anything can happen. Regardless if I’m healthy or not, I can’t control that. That’s something that the team has to evaluate. I’ve been in the business a long time and I’ve seen how it goes, so it’s nothing new.” “I’ve got five more [years], and that’s it for me. Five more. … I mean, everything happens for a reason, man. It probably wasn’t meant for me to go second pick or third pick or whatnot. At the end of the day, I got hurt, and it made me want it even more. … It’s nothing new to me because every year, at the end of the day, they keep saying, ‘He’s 30 years old. He lost a step. He got hurt in the national championship. He’s not the same anymore.’ … That’s my motivation, and at the end of the day, when I hear people say, ‘He’s turning 31, turning 32.’ Who cares? As long as you can play the game, that’s what counts.”

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