When Darius Kilgo was drafted by the Denver Broncos last May, he got the standard phone calls from the team's coach, Gary Kubiak, and the general manager, John Elway. But his phone lit up with another text from an unexpected source that day: Broncos future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

It was a bit of a surprise for the sixth-round pick, who wasn't even invited to the NFL scouting combine after his career as a defensive lineman at Maryland ended.


In the afterglow of Denver's Super Bowl 50 win over Carolina on Sunday, Kilgo appeared on Glenn Clark Radio on Wednesday as a newly minted world champion, and Clark asked Kilgo about his reaction when he was drafted by the Broncos, a team with a track record of success and a talented defense.

"It was unbelievable, just to get a call from Gary Kubiak and John Elway, have Peyton text me and congratulate me was unbelievable," Kilgo said.

Clark, as any listener would, seized upon it immediately: "Wait a second, did you really get a text from Peyton Manning when you got drafted?"

"Yeah," Kilgo responded.

"Dude!" Clark exclaimed. "How do you even respond to that?"

"It took me at least an hour to think of something to say to him," Kilgo said.

Before the Super Bowl, Kilgo talked about some of his "welcome to the NFL moments," such as two-a-days and getting to play in his first regular season game. This was another one.

Kilgo was inactive for Denver's dominant 24-10 win over Carolina, during which he watched his position group harass the league's most valuable player Cam Newton constantly. Kilgo appeared in nine games this season and was inactive for the team's playoff run, which he said was "just a numbers thing."

Still, when Clark asked if Kilgo would have rather played in the game and made a tackle but not be able to touch the Lombardi Trophy, Kilgo went with the second option.

"I think I want to touch the Lombardi Trophy," Kilgo said.

Listen to Kilgo's full interview on Glenn Clark Radio here.