In football, an inconvenient sport in the sense games are once a week leaving six other days for newspapers and TV stations to fill, the star returning to play at home has long been a go-to storyline.

Broncos’ running back Phillip Lindsay, who has emerged as a star in his very first professional season, home is where his bed has been. Lindsay lives at mom and dad’s house, sleeping in his downstairs bedroom by night, and practicing with his hometown Broncos by day. Sundays, the hometown kid enters a whole new universe.

“I’m being smart right now,’’ Lindsay said during a sit-down interview with 9NEWS this week. “I did go undrafted so it’s about saving money and being smart with your money right now.’’

Lindsay did get the third-highest signing bonus among undrafted rookies in the John Elway era at $15,000. Only Jamal Carter ($20,000) and Lerentee McCray ($17,000) received more. But had Lindsay been drafted in, say, the sixth round like Highlands Ranch-grown offensive lineman Sam Jones did, he would have got a signing bonus of $168,556.

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