I had sent a text to Evan Mathis asking if we could chat.
No Denver Broncos player overcame more ailments to play a game on a week-to-week basis this past season than Mathis. I wanted to get an update on the 34-year-old left guard, particularly about the damaged right ankle he played on the final 2 ½ months of the season. He will have surgery on the ankle Wednesday.
Instead of conversating, Mathis wanted me to e-mail him questions, not necessarily because he was guarded as only a Super Bowl left guard can be (although maybe a little) but because he believed he could be more thorough in his explanations through writing.
A conversation would have taken 10, 15 minutes. Mathis must have taken two or three hours to write his responses.
Make no mistake, Mathis is a man who prefers the road less traveled. This is a guy who last August turned down a one-year $5.5 million deal to play for the Miami Dolphins and instead accepted a one-year, $4 million package to play for Denver. One reason, and only one reason, Denver trumped $1.5…