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Bronco feels like he missed the opportunity of a lifetime.

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The Broncos' Super Bowl victory was bittersweet for David Bruton.

After the Broncos' safety fractured his fibula during a Week 15 loss to the Steelers, and despite finishing that game, did not play in another game for Denver.

Bruton believed he could come back quickly, but unfortunately for him, the Broncos placed him on injured reserve. Bruton told the Denver Post he was healthy enough to play in Super Bowl 50 and even had a chance to suit up for the AFC Championship Game two weeks prior.

“The day of the Super Bowl before we started pregame I went through the whole practice,” Bruton said. “Catching, going out there running, getting deep balls, sprints, I legit took myself through the whole practice. It’s unfortunate. I heal fairly quickly. ... I know I could have played.”

Bruton is the Broncos' longest tenured player, having spent seven seasons with the organization. He will be a free agent as of March 9, and told The Post's Cameron Wolfe he is hoping for a contract similar to the three-year, $15 million ($9 million guaranteed) contract that Cardinals' corner Justin Bethel just signed.

He is a longtime staple on special teams, and performed admirably while filling in at safety in 2015. He set career highs with two interceptions, seven passes defended and 43 tackles on the season.

"I put myself in a position where I'm not just seen as a special teams guy," Bruton told Wolfe. "I'm a safety who can go in there and make plays."

Hopefully he will be able to remain with the team and help them towards a repeat.

Then he will get his chance to shine in the playoffs.

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