"I remember exactly what that feels like," said Gonsoulin, who's known around the Mile High City as an "Original Bronco" after being acquired in a trade before the team's first season in 1960. "Such a great feeling when you're in the open like that."
These days, Gonsoulin feels pretty good, even with all his health concerns.
Just last month, he had a heart attack that led to quadruple bypass surgery.
That was on top of this: Nearly a year ago he went in for an exam and there, all over the X-ray, was the return of his cancer. Only this time it appeared in his ribs, collar bone and shoulders. It was near his knees, back and hips. It showed up along his legs and arms, too.
"I lit up like a Christmas tree," he said.
"But I'm still here."
And enjoying the simple pleasures like watching his beloved Broncos.
"That Peyton Manning is pretty good, huh?" Gonsoulin said.
Around the league
49ers • San Francisco defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois has been preparing all week to start in place of All-Pro Justin Smith on the NFL's second-ranked defense.
Bears • Linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss his third straight game because of a hamstring injury on Sunday.
Browns • Mohamed Massaquoi, Jordan Cameron and Tashaun Gipson will not travel with Cleveland to Denver.