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Broncos’ Request to Have Coach, Rob Calabrese, Play QB Denied

The Denver Bronco’s request to have assistant coach, Rob Calabrese, as the starting quarterback was denied yesterday by the NFL.

COVID-19 has forced NFL teams to take bets on players, who haven’t even seen the field in their whole careers, but the Bronco’s most recent attempt has failed.

The Bronco’s had recently made a request to the NFL to have assistant coach, Rob Calabrese, play in their game against the New Orlean Saints. The NFL denied this request yesterday, according to reports, saying it did not want its coaching staff to be storage areas for potential players. Kendall Hinton, a practice squad wide receiver, started as the quarterback instead.

The Bronco’s ultimately lost the game 31 to 3.

Who is Rob Calabrese?

For anyone not familiar with Calabrese, the idea of a coach playing on the field with the team sounds cartoonish. However, Calabrese was a former quarterback and wide receiver from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and graduated as early as 2012.

In his collegiate career, Calabrese had a passing rate of 46% at a total of 1276 yards, and 12 thrown touchdowns. His longest throw in college measured at 64 yards. He, unfortunately, sat his senior year at college due to an injury and was later red-shirted.

Calabrese won many awards in college such as the “UCF Way Award and the Greatest Effort Award” and nominated him to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team in 2012.

Calabrese coached for the Wagner College football team, prior to joining the Broncos. At Wagner College, Calabrese improved the team’s 21.3 points per game average to 28 points per game average in 2018. The Bronco’s later hired him as the offensive quality control coach. On January 23, 2021, Calabrese will have worked with the Broncos for two years.

The Bronco’s play the Kanas City Chiefs on December 6, at 8:20 pm eastern time.

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