Mike Adams made four tackles in the AFC Championship Game. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)
Mike Adams will walk home from the Super Bowl should the Broncos win — not to Denver, but to his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey.
"If we win the Super Bowl, I'm going to keep my helmet and pads on and I'm walking home," Adams told Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post. "After I get to the IHOP on Route 3, I'll start hitchhiking. But they'd probably think I'm just some crazy person."
Adams, a 10-year veteran who spent three seasons with the 49ers and five with the Browns before joining the Broncos, grew up in the crime-riddled town of Paterson, which is 12 miles up the Garden State Parkway from MetLife Stadium.
"It can be almost like a cancer," Adams said about his hometown. "And I say that because the negativity in that place can be like a snowball rolling downhill."
The 32-year-old earned a scholarship to Delaware and made the NFL as an undrafted free agent. His mother died of ovarian cancer during his rookie season with San Francisco, according to Kiszla.
Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers was born in Jersey City and grew up in South Carolina and running back Knowshon Moreno starred at Middletown South High School in New Jersey. No word yet on whether they'll join Adams on his walk.
Paterson is also the hometown of Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz.