Chubb's jersey honored in return to Raleigh

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass under pressure from Denver Broncos linebacker Bradley Chubb (55) during the first half of an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. On Sunday, two of the bright young signal-callers in the NFL will face off when the Chiefs welcome the Cardinals to Arrowhead Stadium. Mahomes is off to a record-setting start as the Chiefs’ first-year starter, while Josh Rosen is coming off a fourth-quarter comeback win over San Francisco. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)


Sports Writer

Thursday, November 8, 2018

RALEIGH — Thursday night was a celebration for Bradley Chubb. 

Th current Denver Bronco and former Wolfpack great was back in Raleigh for No. 14 N.C. State’s game against Wake Forest, this time in a different role. 

He wasn’t terrorizing quarterbacks or bull-rushing offensive linemen. He was getting his No. 9 jersey number honored.

It’s the same number worn by Mario Williams during his time in Raleigh; as an exemplary player, Chubb was given the go-ahead by Dave Doeren to wear it for his final two seasons for the ‘Pack. 

The 2018 first-round draft pick and defensive end was brought out of the fan section-side tunnel between quarters, with Doeren coming over to take a picture with him in the midst of a standing ovation.

“This crowd is so amazing. This fanbase is so amazing, to be back for a Thursday night game, I know how rowdy they get when we’re in black, too, so it’s just fun,” Chubb said during his media availability at halftime. “I remember seeing Mario’s name up there and thinking I wasn’t ready, I wasn’t a leader at that point, to prove myself wrong like that and keep fighting, to do all the things I did here, it’s amazing.”

Where does this moment rank for him in his career at N.C. State? 

“This is probably at the top,” he said. “A close second is that Louisville game my senior year. This is tops.”

Chubb, drafted fifth overall by Denver, has so far impressed for the Broncos, leading all rookies in sacks with eight in nine games played. 

“I feel like it’s going well. I’m nowhere near where I want to be. I still feel like I make a lot of rookie mistakes,” he said. “But to have a little bit of success at that level is pretty special as well.

Is there much difference between college and the ACC, and the NFL and the AFC? 

“It’s the same kind of fun. When you think about it, the game of football is made for little kids to run around and hit people. If you lose sight of that and lose your love for the game it’s not fun anymore,” said Chubb, who still keeps up with N.C. State as much as his schedule allows. “My main thing is to just go out there and have fun, hit people without getting in trouble for it. That’s my mindset.”

When Chubb was with the Wolfpack, a signature move of his was to yank the towel from the pants of the opposing team’s quarterback. On Thursday night, he thought better of doing the same to N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley. 

“That’s my boy. I can’t do my boy Finley like that,” Chubb said. “I got to let him concentrate on the game. If the other quarterback was on our sideline, I probably would have taken it.”