Elkhart Central grad Nathan Palmer started the 2013 season with the Indianapolis Colts, but after a year full of ups and downs he has found himself with the Denver Broncos and taking in all the Super Bowl has to offer.
Palmer started his season in Indy but injured his knee against the Browns in their third preseason game and was released at the end of the preseason. Shortly after that Palmer was picked up by the Miami Dolphins. He spent the majority of 2013 on their practice squad before being released the second to last week of the season.
The same day the Dolphins dropped him the Broncos picked him up, signing him to their practice squad. Now the Elkhart native finds himself in the middle of the Super Bowl excitement.
"It has just been a crazy ride to get here and be a part of this team, to get here late and be accepted by these guys," Palmer said. "I wasn't in camp with them, I wasn't around during the regular season pretty much but they have still welcomed me with open arms. It is just a great experience and I am happy to be here."
It is unlikely that Palmer will see any playing time during the Super Bowl considering he did not dress for Denver's AFC Championship game against New England. However, that hasn't hindered any of his excitement.
"It is just an unbelievable experience," he said. "Not too many people get to actually come here and at least be a part of media day or to walk around and be able to see any of the festivities going on here at the Super Bowl."
Don't worry, even after spending time in cities like Indianapolis, Miami, and Denver Palmer has not forgot about his hometown.
"I love Elkhart," Palmer said with a smile. "That is my hometown. That is my heart. They always call it "The City With a Heart" and everybody there has been so supportive." He added "This week the phone has not stopped ringing at home, papers and everybody have been very supportive. I've just love everything about Elkhart and I miss them. I'm hoping to be bringing this trophy back to y'all."
You can look for Palmer during the Super Bowl this Sunday, kickoff is set for 6:25 p.m.