A few minutes with … Brandon Lloyd

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd stopped by NFL Network studios Monday, and we got a chance to chat with the 2011 Pro Bowl pick about burgers, video games, the Tebow glow and more.

Mark Sanchez visited us last week, and now our cafe has the turkey and pesto excellence they call The Sanchini. If there was a sandwich named after you, what would be on it?

BL: It would be a burger. It would be a half-pound organic beef patty with a fried egg over hard, bacon, pickles, barbecue sauce and ketchup. And served with barbecue potato chips … and an ice-cold beer.

Any ideas what to name it?

BL: The Lloyd of Burgers.

If players had their own music choice when they walk onto the field the way baseball players have when they come to the plate, what would your song be and why?

BL: Right now, today, I would pick “I’m On One” by DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne, and then halfway into the season I’d switch it up to Metallica‘s “Unforgiven”.

Does your inclusion on the “Top 100 of 2011″ list qualify for serious on-field bragging rights? For example, when you play the Jets in November, will you go up to Santonio Holmes and be like, “Hey 76, it’s me, 58?”

BL: No (laughs). Because by that time you’re already positioning yourself for the next list. The 2010 season is over and there can be another guy who wasn’t even considered in 2011 who will be on the next list. So the quest begins to better your positioning if you’re on the list or not on the list as soon as the season starts.

Watching your clip highlight package during the “Top 100″ show, I noticed your “You-Can’t-See-Me” hand gesture popped up often. Was this a conscious attempt to brand yourself, or a spontaneous celebration that stuck?

BL: Me and Jabar Gaffney, in the spring during OTAs, we were horsing around because guys were getting headaches and needed to wear visors. … So what we did, we said, “Well, we need visors.” So we got the visors put them on and we were like, “Oh, you can’t see me” and “I can’t see you.” The joke was, Kyle Orton was like, “Man, I’m not throwing to anybody with a visor on … that’s cheesy, that’s weak.” And we were saying, “No, you only need to throw to the guys with visors on.”

Maybe the Broncos should look into getting you guys some sort of helmet-visor hybrid.

BL: (laughs) Like the super-cross riders.

The video game “Madden 2011,” released prior to the start of last season, had you ranked a very pedestrian 70. After a Pro Bowl season, you have to figure that’s going to shoot up 15 points, easy, right? This would be a huge deal for me, personally. Is it for you?

BL: Let me tell you the funny thing about “Madden.” This year, I played in real life the way I always bump my stats up on my man in the game (in the player edit mode). (laughs) So I was like, “Oh dope, I’m actually playing like my man!” (laughs)

Did you bump up all your skill levels to 99?

BL: No! (laughs) I do what I feel is realistic. I put my speed at 86, I put my hands at 99. I put my agility at 99. By the time I’m done with myself, I’m around 91 or 92. I think it’s fair. (laughs)

Sticking with Madden, your swagger rating — which determines the likelihood of a player to celebrate on the way to the end zone, or after a touchdown — was just 47, lower than any other WR or TE on your team. We’re in agreement that EA Sports dropped the ball here, right?

BL: Well, you’ve got to think about it. I thought that was really good because you look at the couple touchdowns I scored with Chicago, I didn’t score a touchdown with Washington I don’t think. When they implemented (the swagger rating) I wasn’t doing any celebrating.

Some guys have trademark celebrations built into the game.

BL: Maybe I’ll get the “Can’t-See-Me” wave, I hope I do. I hope I get that.

I have friends who went to the University of Florida who swore a glowing orb surrounded Tim Tebow when he was spotted on campus. Having shared a locker room and sideline with the man, can you settle this debate?

BL: There is an aura around him (laughs). No, he’s just a regular guy, and he does a lot to remind us of that. I think he has a really good grasp on who he is, and where he fits in the grand scheme of things in the National Football League and on a team. Because this league has chewed up and spit out better players than him.

I think every Bronco gets asked about him often, but not too many guys enter the league with a statue of their likeness on campus, either.

BL: That’s what I tell people. They’re like, “Oh what’s up with all the hype?” but how many times has the greatest player in college history come to the NFL? … It’s cool to see him behave like a rookie. He participated in all the antics, we could shave his hair, put shaving cream in his shoes, we put paint in his shoes. His feet were blue for a week.

Anything else to add?

BL: Yes. At home when I make the burger, I put the cheese in the middle so it melts throughout the burger. The cheese isn’t on top, it’s on the inside, and that’s what makes it the Lloyd of Burgers.

– Dan Hanzus

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