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Juwann Winfree (15) of the Denver Broncos warms up during Denver Broncos training camp on Thursday, July 18, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Five Burning Questions: Broncos rookie Juwann Winfree on journey West

(Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Despite missing practice toward the end of the first week of training camp, Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Juwann Winfree has turned heads out at UCHealth Training Center.

A sixth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Winfree’s story shouldn’t be too unfamiliar to football fans in the region, as he played his final two college seasons at the University of Colorado.

Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan caught up with Winfree during the first week of Broncos Camp to talk about coming out West and more.

Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan digital content producer Johnny Hart: Where is the spot to get late-night grub in Boulder?

Denver Broncos wide receiver Juwann Winfree: I’m going to probably go on The Hill. Maybe Cheba Hut. I might go to Cheba Hut. Illegal Pete’s. I like Illegal Pete’s at night. That’s the spot at night. I go with my friends. We chill out there. 

Hart: From Englewood, New Jersey, to Englewood, Colorado. Is that strange for you?

Winfree: It honestly shows that it was meant to be. It kind of helps me prove that it was kind of meant to be. God was on my side on that one. It’s just crazy how things end up. Englewood, New Jersey. Englewood, Colorado. The University of Colorado to the Denver Broncos. So, it’s crazy. I’m just thankful. 

Hard: How did you end up coming from New Jersey to here?

Winfree: A long journey, man. I went to the University of Maryland first and ran into some issues there. I went to Coffeyville (Community College) my sophomore year. Played there. Coffeyville’s in Kansas. Colorado kind of recruits the Midwest area region. So, I was on their radar. I had some old coaches from Maryland who were at Colorado, so that was a connection that kind of brought me up there. I was able to see it, and once I saw it — I saw the kind of team they had and where it was headed and where they were headed — that was all I needed. 

Hart: What was your first impression when you came out West?

Exterior view of Folsom Field on the University of Colorado Buffaloes campus in Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado/Collegiate Images via Getty Images)

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Winfree: It was beautiful, man. There was nothing I was really expecting from Colorado. I’d never been to Colorado, never really knew much about it. I just knew there were mountains. And I got there … you take that ride down to Boulder and you finally get to that top and you see the whole university, you see just everything, it was just amazing. You know? It sealed the deal for me. I’ve never been anywhere like that. Just chill, everybody’s nice. Beautiful. Nature. It was just … I love it.  

Hart: As a kid who grew up wanting to play in the NFL as a wide receiver, if you had a poster on your wall what player would be on it?

Winfree: A lot of people, man. I’d definitely say … maybe … that’s a tough one man because I like a lot of players. Maybe Randy Moss though. That’s the best player ever. 


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