With family by his side, Noah Fant, the tight end out of Iowa and the Broncos first-round selection, became one of the newest members of Broncos Country Saturday.
“I’m super excited to be here,” Fant said as he addressed the media at the UCHealth Training Center in Englewood. “I wanted to be drafted by the Broncos and it ended up working out.”
At 6 feet 4 inches and 250 pounds, Fant brings speed and athleticism to the tight end room. He also adds another target for quarterback Joe Flacco.
“Ultimately he really can run,” Broncos GM and President of Football Operations John Elway said. “To have a guy that big and that size that can really stretch the field really helps us.”
“Guys like [Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end] Shannon Sharpe and [former Broncos tight end] Julius Thomas, guys like that that came through this program and have done great things,” Fant said. “It’s something that is very special for me to be a part of. Hopefully I can live up to the same kind of things that they did.”
His 19 touchdown receptions mark a school record by a tight end, and are the third most in the Big Ten at that position as well.
“My goal is to win games here,” Fant said. “I want to win as many games as possible. Having a Super Bowl quarterback like Joe Flacco is going to be a lot of fun. My goal is to work as hard as I can, whether that is on special teams, whether that is on the offense, do whatever I need to do to help this team.”
“It’s awesome,” Willie Fant, Noah’s father, said. “Watching him achieve his goals is really the biggest satisfaction for us.”