NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Shaun Phillips is probably at the Super Bowl because of a fax machine, and it's only fitting — the Broncos' pass rusher couldn't live without his.
"Honestly, I send faxes probably once a week," Phillips said. "I know it's kind of boring. But I really enjoy sending faxes."
It's 2014 and the Broncos team leader in sacks is fax aficionado? Sure, that makes sense.
"For some reason, I think it's amazing that you can send something through and scan it through to someone else," Phillips said. He added that he uses his fax machines for "random things, business things," for the businesses that he owns.
"I have an actual fax machine," Phillips said. "I own a fax machine."
It's probably safe to say that the sort of mixup that led to the Broncos signing Phillips wouldn't have happened with him operating the fax machine.
What happened was, the agent for former Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil wasn't able to fax his client's signed contract to the Broncos in time to meet a league deadline back in the spring, and the team was forced to cut its best pass rusher, or be on the hook for $12 million.
They cut Dumervil, who later fired Marty Magid and joined with Tom Condon. Dumervil then landed a deal with Baltimore, leaving the Broncos with a big hole on defense.
The Broncos turned to Phillips, who spent nine seasons with the Chargers as a linebacker, though his job in San Diego was the same — get to the quarterback. The Broncos were suitably impressed, and the 32-year-old Phillips and Denver agreed on terms to a 1-year deal. There were no reported issues with delivering contracts by any method.
In fact, it's worked out well.
Phillips was dismayed to leave the organization that drafted him out of Purdue in 2004, but San Diego only wanted him to return as a backup.