Case Keenum ready to embrace role of ‘the man’

Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) celebrates a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoff football game at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In his NFL career, Case Keenum has had many ups and downs, enjoyed big wins and suffered through bad losses, all while fighting off another quarterback for the starting spot on the team or as an injury replacement.

Now the newly-signed free agent is finally ‘the man’ in town as the starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos — and the spotlight is his.

“I think there’s a precedent set with certain things. It feels good, it does. For me, I’m going to accept it. I know there’s a responsibility with that too. It’s not something where I feel like, ‘I’ve made it.’ That’s not ever my mentality. I’m going to stay hungry,” Keenum said during his press conference on Tuesday. He won’t have anyone breathing down his neck for the starting spot, but that isn’t keeping Keenum from focusing on consistency and always earning his keep.

“I’m going to stay consistent to the same mindset I’ve always had. That’s what’s gotten me here, and that’s who I am. Nothing’s ever been handed to me. I’ve earned that right and I’m going to continue to earn that right, being in this building, being in the weight room, media room, practice field, then on game day on the game field. That’s my mentality.”

Keenum comes to Denver after leading the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship game and says that his leadership approach is much more than just talking football.

“I would say I don’t really start with football. Maybe a little bit conceptually; high-level, mindset-wise. I just want to get to know the guys. Are you married? Do you have kids? What do you do? How are you off the field? Try to build the relationship there and start there,” Keenum said.

“I think on-the-field stuff comes more from actions than words. What you do out there, the kind of leader you are, leading from the front, I think that’s more important. Out there, getting to know the person is more important.”

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