ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In Columbia, Missouri, they call it a “True Son.”

The term is reserved for the most pure-bred Missouri Tigers, for those who were born in Missouri, grew up as fans and attended the university.

Andrew Steven Lock, or Drew as we now know him, was the truest of True Sons. Born in Columbia with a dad and a grandfather who suited up for the Tigers back in their day. A legacy of the highest order. A Simone Award winner, which honors the best high school football player in Kansas City. The top recruit in the state. A U.S. Army All-American and an Elite 11 quarterback who chose Mizzou over offers from Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas, among many others.

Hometown hero is almost too light of a term for what Drew Lock was to Columbia.

But when you think of a hometown hero, you think of the All-American boy. The guy who says and does all the right things. He’s kissing babies and shaking hands at the local grocery store. He’s presidential.

Make no mistake, Drew has all of that on lock. He’s got the million-dollar smile and the press conference savvy; he comes from a family that looks like they’d be undefeated on the volleyball court at the Fourth of July barbecue.

But there’s something else burning inside of the Denver Broncos man of the future, and it’s why he’s chomping at the bit to go to the Darkside.

“He can certainly play the villain,” his father Andy said on Saturday with his eyebrows raised. “Oh, I promise you he has that in him. I promise you he does.”

Missouri’s Anakin has a little bit of Darth in him, and now that he’s in Denver, he can finally unleash it. You see, all those folks in Columbia, who have loved Drew Lock for years and fly the Missouri Tigers flag on Saturdays switch that flag out for a Kansas City Chiefs one on Sundays.

“I’ve been the good guy my whole life,” Lock said with a smirk. “Now I can finally be the bad guy.”

Most wouldn’t be so eager to flip, but to understand why Drew Lock is, we have to go back to his days at Lee’s Summit High School.

“He was not a trouble maker,” Lock’s mom, Laura, told BSN Denver. “Super good kid, always wanted to please, very empathetic. His chippiness didn’t start until probably his junior year when he got a little swag to him.”

It all started with Lock’s first love, basketball.

“When he was young and playing AAU ball, he would be in some tough environments,” dad explained.

“Those boys are always at each other’s ears,” said mom with an eye-roll.

“He’d be in some really physical, tough environments,” dad added. “And he either had to start getting a little chippy and a little talky and fight back, or he was going to go sit on the bench. He learned how to not only be physical, but he talks as good a game as anybody. Ever. He does. You’ll see it, man.”

Lock learned to talk.

“I think he realized the power of getting in people’s heads a little bit, getting them out of their game,” Andy Lock explained. “And he was really good at doing it. He’d even start talking to the crowds.”

It all came to a head in a game against Liberty High School, about 30 miles North of Lock’s Lee’s Summit High.

The student section at Liberty pushes right up against the court, and on this night, it was packed. They were primed and ready to get after Drew Lock.

On the first possession of the game, though, Lock pulled up from long range.

Splash.

“He turns right around, and they’re chirpin’ at him and chantin’ at him,” dad said in a Missourian accent with a slight southern twang.

It was nothing but fuel to Lock’s fire.

A few possessions later, he took another step behind the line and closer to the students who were all but literally at his throat.

Splash.

Now he was letting them know about it.

“He just kept shootin’ and talkin and shootin’ and talkin’.”

Eventually, Lock pulled up from as close to his new friends as he possibly could.

“He was almost out of bounds,” Mr. Lock said, with a whisper of disbelief. “He’s standing right next to the fans, shooting it.”

Splash.

“I remember right where I was sitting and watching him do that,” pops recalled. “That’s when I thought, ‘Man, there’s something to that, because if he’s not talking in that game, he’s not hitting all of those shots. His focus is just different when it gets to that point. It inspired him. It made him play better by doing that, so he just kept doing it. It’s just a snowball effect.”

Some people just have that. And when they do, you just have to let them do their thing.

Right, mom?

“He eventually just took it to the football field as well, and you know what? I’m okay with it,” she said, knowing it was an unexpected statement. “I like that part of him. I like that swag to him.”

With the 42nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, The Broncos got themselves one of those guys. The guy that you absolutely love to be on your sideline and absolutely can’t stand when they’re on the other side.

Can’t you just see it now?

At the stadium he grew up in, in front of thousands of red-clad fans who used to adore him, Drew Lock is in Orange & Blue, doing the tomahawk chop in the visitor’s endzone, staring into the crowd as boos and beers rain down from the stands.

That’s the guy the Denver Broncos drafted.

“I’m going to carry that with me into this league,” he said. “There’s no reason to stop being like that. I think it also gets the guys around you fired up. I think it lets you see the passion that I have in my soul for this game. I’ll definitely keep that coming.”

The AFC West saw the birth of a superhero right before their eyes last season in Patrick Mahomes. Drew Lock is here to be that story’s supervillain.

Ryan Koenigsberg
Author

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.

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    Wow. Such a great read. Loved the analogies, stories of Lock’s “dark side” and how his mom kept saying he has “swag”. That’s so legit. That word has probably never came out of my moms mouth. But Ryan, man, great writing. Keep up the hard work BSN Rockstar.

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    Man, SWAG at the QB position is what we been lacking for a long time!! Can’t wait to see him on the field!

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    M-I-Z

    I’m an alumn. I’m cautiously optimistic. The dude can sling.

    Crossing all my various extremies that this works out. Would love nothing more.

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    Absolutely wicked intro Story for Lock! Damn well done RK. I’m getting more and more pumped. Preseason football just got a whole lot more entertaining!

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