Nine pairs of people who, through their unique partnerships—some romantic, some not—make Denver a more interesting, entertaining and welcoming place to live.
Broncos kicker Matt Prater and punter Britton Colquitt are a team unto themselves.
Sports are full of successful pairings: athletes who make each other better simply by working together. Pitcher and catcher. Quarterback and wideout. Kicker and punter might not bea the most celebrated alliance in athletics, but for Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt, who for the past four years have handled the Broncos’ kicking duties with aplomb, the link is meaningful. Their successes—Prater set the team’s single-season scoring record for a kicker in 2012 and set the record for the longest field goal in NFL history this season; Colquitt set the franchise net punting record in ’12 and had a 38.8-yard average this past season—are derived from talent, practice, and each other.
Prater and Colquitt can clearly articulate what they respect about and learn from each other—through a healthy layer of sarcasm. “Britton is my holder,” Prater says, explaining he could choose whomever he wanted for the task. “He does a good job—he’s consistent—which makes it easier for me.”
“But he still threatens to replace me all the time,” Colquitt says with a laugh. “Jacob Tamme is my backup, and Matt’s always like, ‘Hey Tamme, get in here!’ ”
Joking aside, Prater says Colquitt helps him in less obvious ways, too. “I used to be more uptight on game days,” Prater admits, “but Britton’s pretty laid-back, which helps me go with the flow better.”
Games, however, happen only once a week. Long hours of practice have allowed Prater’s intensity to rub off on Colquitt. “It’s not a surprise Matt’s almost perfect on the year,” Colquitt says, “because he’s upset if he misses in practice.” After witnessing that perfectionism, Colquitt now finds himself irked when he shanks one at Dove Valley. More than anything, though, they most appreciate having someone else who understands what it’s like to be in a career for which “ice water in the veins” is part of the job description.