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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The texts started popping up on Jack Del Rio’s phone during the Broncos’ bye week in November.
When Del Rio found out coach John Fox needed aortic heart valve replacement surgery that would force him to be away from the team for weeks, Del Rio’s job went from coordinating the defense to holding the team together.
“We just tried to stay the course and make sure that when he returned that we’d be in position to try to pursue our dreams, which ultimately is to play in the big game,” Del Rio said.
Fox was out for nearly a month, retreating to his home in Charlotte, N.C., to recuperate. But truthfully, he never stopped working.