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Denver Broncos, including former Boise State center Paradis, visit White House

Former Boise State center Matt Paradis, a Council High grad, is seen at rear left as the Denver Broncos were honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday.
Former Boise State center Matt Paradis, a Council High grad, is seen at rear left as the Denver Broncos were honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday.

President Barack Obama honored the Denver Broncos at the White House on Monday for winning the Super Bowl, the team had one of the best defenses of all time and one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Peyton Manning.

Obama says the Broncos won a record 11 games by a touchdown or less. He says teams can’t do that without a great defense.

A huge Chicago Bears fan, the president felt obliged to mention that franchise’s defense from the 1985 Super Bowl champions, but Obama says he’s got to admit this past year’s Denver defense “was pretty good, too.”

Council High students honor former graduate Matt Paradis at the school Thursday. Paradis will start at center for the Denver Broncos in Sunday's Super Bowl.

On Manning, Obama says he was a little disappointed to see him hang it up after one of the greatest “Hall of Fame careers ever” but he understood why. Among the Broncos on hand was the only player who was in on every offensive snap, lining up in front of Manning, center Matt Paradis, who played at Boise State and is a Council High graduate.

(Some information from the Associated Press.)

Matt Paradis, a former Council High and Boise State football standout, won a Super Bowl championship with the Denver Broncos on Feb. 7. The second-year NFL player was the starting center for quarterback Peyton Manning as the Broncos defeated the C

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Other former Broncos continue to make news, especially in New York Giants camp. Safety Darian Thompson, a third-round pick in April, and undrafted free agent cornerback Donte Deayon continue to shine.

Following a practice Monday, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said of Thompson, “Darian Thompson is a guy who has really good ball skills and is making the most of his opportunities.” The New York Daily News said he’s a front-runner to be a starter. Thompson had one of two interceptions in game situations:

The other interception? None other than Deayon, who took it back to the house.

The New York Post wrote a feature on Deayon Monday afternoon.

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Former Boise State offensive tackle Charles Leno, a 2014 seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears, was profiled by the Chicago Sun-Times. He played in six games as a rookie and all 16 last season, starting 13. He is expected to be the Bears’ starting left tackle, especially after they felt content at the spot, not drafting or signing anyone to directly compete for the job.

“They believed in me,” Leno said. “Now I’ve got to repay them.”

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