ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. For those of you with twitter, the @BroncosOffField account is a must follow. It showcases the community work that members of the Broncos organization put in, including, but not limited to, Make-A-Wish Denver showcasing Von Miller, along with others, and a six year old child named, Bryce.
It also showcases the visits to the hospitals, and the work of various foundations that the players have and support, along with their community service in various projects. This is as important as anything they do on game days.
The Broncos invited a child named Bryce to Dove Valley today via @WishColorado. He was accompanied by his parents and siblings. His wish was to tour the UCHealth Training Center and visit with the team.
This is an attempt to give a play-by-play of the day through the eyes of Broncos photographer, Gabriel Christus, and the gallery the Broncos posted of the day.
The day started with a ride in a limousine, the entire family decked out in Broncos gear, with each wearing a smile. Bryce was wearing a Von Miller #58 jersey while his two brothers were wearing the #18 of former quarterback, Peyton Manning; his father was donning Demaryius Thomas’ #88. His mom was a little bit more low key in a throwback Broncos t-shirt.
Bryce was then presented with a new jersey, #1, with his name stitched on the back, he got a close up view of the trophy case where the most recent of the three Lombardi trophies is positioned, got to look at the multitude of photos that don the halls of the facility.
He then signed a contract in the same room, on the same desk that countless of players have inked their deals with the Broncos. He was able to look out and view practice, then he visited some meeting rooms where x’s and o’s have been drawn up. He visited the press room and had a sweet family picture made with the UCHealth/Broncos back drop.
He visited the locker-room where he and his family got a close look at the actual equipment that the Broncos wear, and he saw a display of three Lombardi trophies, which serves as a motivational tool for the players each and every day they walk in.
They went outside and watched practice from the sideline. He played catch with his dad and his siblings, a moment they will cherish forever. He met and shook hands with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, then met the group of tight ends as Virgil Green started to sign his ball that he was given.
As the ball was passed around from player to player he got to meet and shake hands with Head Coach Vance Joseph. Players flocked to him as others continued to sign his football. Emmanuel Sanders, to Von Miller, to Paxton Lynch, he seemed a bit star struck with Derek Wolfe, or maybe it was his size.
He was given glove after glove, ran around and was trying to dodge Von Miller as Paxton Lynch, Chris Harris Jr. and others watched. The offensive lineman were finally getting their hands on the ball to sign it. It looked as if he might have been choreographing a new celebration for Miller, or in the very least mimicking one that he has used before.
He must have shook Miller out of his cleats because he took them off, signed them and gave them to him, he tried putting them on over his own shoes and likely still had some room left. Miller then posed with Bryce, and then 58 took a picture with his entire family.
The family ate lunch at the facility as Miller, Sanders and Thomas stopped by to spend more time with them.
It was a day full of fist bumps, handshakes, playing catch and memories with a growing memorabilia collection to boot.
The full photo gallery can be found here.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 6, 2017