DENVER — On Sunday afternoon, Phillip Lindsay sent another message to the NFL.

In leading the Denver Broncos to a massive win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the undrafted rookie out of Colorado became the first back to go over 100 yards on the Steelers this year. Not Kareem Hunt, not Christian McCaffrey, not Leonard Fournette—Phillip Lindsay.

The Broncos’ rising star totaled a career-high 110 yards and a touchdown on just 14 rushes in the contest, boasting an eye-popping 7.9 yards per carry.

What’s more? During a 32-yard burst in the first half, Lindsay reached a top speed of 22.36 MPH, marking the fastest speed any ball carrier has reached in the NFL this season. Not Tyreek Hill, not DeSean Jackson, not Marquise Goodwin—Phillip Lindsay.

But the circumstances in which Lindsay achieved all of that makes it all that much more impressive.

You’ve heard of the “Jordan Flu Game,” well, now you’ve heard of the “Lindsay Flu Game.”

“I did play sick on Sunday,” Lindsay told Matt McChesney on BSN Denver’s McChesney Unchained Podcast. “I had what I would call ‘the 24-hour bug.'”

Throughout the day leading up to the game, Lindsay had trouble keeping food and fluids down, “it came out of nowhere,” he said. Unlike Jordan’s flu game, though, in which the broadcast led with a breaking-news flash about Jordan’s condition, this one was under wraps.

“I don’t really pay too much attention to trying to be the macho man, it’s just something that happened,” he said in classic Lindsay fashion. “I knew I was going to play regardless, so I didn’t bring any attention to that.”

While he began feeling even worse throughout the game, the rookie sensation only got better, totaling 69 of his 110 yards, as well as his touchdown, in the second half.

For the outside world, it’s another chapter in the building Lindsay legend. For him, it’s just a little more adversity, something he says has become part of the lineage of this surging Broncos team.

“Adversity has definitely molded this team, and I think that you have to go through that in life,” he told McChesney. “You need to learn how to lose in order to win. When you know how it feels to lose and you understand that, then when you start winning, you don’t ever want that to ever stop.”

“You have to pick yourself up when you’re in the mud, and you have to find ways to get yourself out of it. As a man, as a woman, when you go through life, and you go through hard times, you gotta just keep going,” he added. “Everything happens for a reason, and everything comes together when it’s supposed to. For us, this team is coming together when it’s supposed to come together. You have to go through hard times. We went through blowout games, we blew people out, we went through tough games that we won, we went through tough games that we lost, we went through everything. Now we’ve been through that, when we get into games like that, we know how it is. You know how it is to be on that other side and you want to be on that winning side. Now you know you have to fight even harder, you have to dig even deeper to get that win.”

It’s safe to say Phillip Lindsay dug about as deep as one can dig to give the Broncos the performance he put out there on Sunday.

Ryan Koenigsberg
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Ryan D. Koenigsberg, was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and is the Vice President of Content Strategy and co-founder of BSN Denver. Ryan also covers and travels with the Denver Broncos. Education: Graduated from the University of Colorado in 2015 with a degree in both Broadcast Journalism and Communication. Career: I got my start in Journalism in 2011 with an internship covering University of Colorado athletics for a website called BuffScoop.com, a branch of the 247Sports Network. Less than one year after accepting that position, I was promoted to the lead writer of the site. After another year at BuffScoop, I was hired to a staff position covering the Buffaloes for Buffstampede.com, the CU site for the Rivals.com network. Two years later, shortly before officially graduating from CU, I was approached by a dude named Brandon Spano who was planning to revolutionize the way sports were covered in our great state. I accepted a position on the ground floor of BSN Denver that, at the time, centered—once again—around covering the Buffaloes. After another year on the Buffs beat that resulted in winning the inaugural BSN Denver Silver Slugger award—given to the writer whose stories generated the most traffic—I was promoted to the Broncos beat. In my time at BSN, I’ve had the pleasure of covering a Super Bowl, a Pac-12 Championship, a bowl game, multiple games in the NCAA Tournament and so much more. Somewhere along the way, I earned that fancy title you see at the top of all this. Most memorable sports moment: Nov. 23, 2001: Behind SIX Chris Brown rushing touchdowns, the No. 14 Colorado Buffaloes trounce the No. 2 Nebraska Cornhuskers by a count of 62-36. It was the day I fell in love with college football for good. So much so that I haven’t missed a single Buffs’ home game since. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: I don’t know about finest, but when I was in elementary school, I read every single Matt Christopher book in our school library. It was the best way to not stray away from sports while still filling those pesky reading logs. One sports movie that I can’t live without: When I was a kid, I didn’t have cable in my room but I did have a TV with a VCR. Thing is, I only had a few movies on VCR and I needed to have the TV on to fall asleep. Well, eventually I came around to the fact that the best movie I had was “Cool Runnings,” so I feel asleep to the Jamaican Bobsled team every night for years. You need sleep to live and I couldn’t sleep without “Cool Runnings” SO I guess that’s the one I can’t live without. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Pretty hard to beat the week leading up  to Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco. To be at the center of the sports world with not only the greatest athletes but also the greatest sports journalists in the world all around was a truly special experience. Between wake up calls at 4:45 am to catch the media shuttle to the Broncos hotel by 6, the 14-hour work days and the regrettable post-work festivities, I calculated that I got about 20 hours of sleep over an eight-day period… and I wouldn’t have traded one minute of it all. That was awesome. The sport that started it all: It’s hard to pinpoint one sport that truly “started it all” for me. When I was a kid, I remember people used to always ask me what my favorite sport was, and I would always answer the same thing, “Whatever sport is in season.” As long as I can remember, my life has always revolved directly around sports, from playing to watching to writing. It’s not a sport that started it all, it sports that started it all.