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What Scared Denver Broncos’ Owen Daniels Into Becoming a Weatherman

29 Oct 2015, 2:54 pm

When he isn’t training for the big games, Denver Broncos’ Tight End, Owen Daniels, is keeping track of the weather. So we invited him to stop by the WeatherNation studios to indulge his inner weatherman. He jumped right in like a pro, giving the forecast for the World Series and even the touching on El Nino.

He knows what he is talking about, he earned his degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Wisconsin while playing for the Badgers. Not an easy schedule to balance.

“I don’t think I had a good grasp of how much math and physics went into that major.” Daniels said. But with the help of tutors, he was able to master the basics and even his favorite weather phenomenon.

“Cloud structures and all that has to go right in making a tornado happen. You can have all types of conditions perfect for it, but if you don’t have one thing then you don’t get it.” He said.

It wasn’t always this way, Daniels fascination for atmospheric studies developed out of fear of weather.

“I was like really scared of it, but it kind of grew into an interest and I wanted to know more about it and take that fear out of it.” He said.

Now he uses his knowledge to help him and his teammates on the field.

“You have to make decisions on whether you’re wearing gloves, maybe not wearing gloves at all. Footwear, making sure you have the right cleats on for the field you’re playing on.” He said.

His favorite weather to play in is far from his favorite weather to study.

“When you get to later in the fall, it’s great football weather. Playing in the 50’s is awesome because you’re never going to get too hot or too cold.” He said.

Aside from giving the forecast at WeatherNation, we tested his weather knowledge and asked him to list the cities he has played for in order of the highest to lowest annual snowfall amounts.

“I’m gonna go Denver, Madison, Chicago, Baltimore, Houston” He said and he was right!

If Owen Daniels wasn’t living his dream as an NFL player, he would like to combine his love for football and weather to help people with their fantasy teams.

Watch the Uncut Interview

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist, Monica Cryan

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