Since the last off-field community article, Denver Bronco players have continued to shine in their give back spirit. A few have been recognized for their philanthropy. I’m sure Mr. Pat Bowlen would be proud to know his legacy of generosity continues on this team. It’s time to go back and take a look at the past couple of weeks.
On December 7, 2017, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was nominated by the team for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for 2017 for his leadership, contributions and achievements off the field in the Denver community.
Executive Vice President of Public & Community Relations Patrick Smyth on Harris’ nomination: “The Broncos are proud of the positive impact our players have working with our community development team as well as advancing their own personal causes. Giving back has always been very important to Pat Bowlen, and we’re grateful for the investment that Chris and his teammates make as leaders in our community.”
The WPMOY winner will be announced February 3rd at 9pm eastern, the day before Super Bowl LII.
Make sure to keep voting by tweeting: #WPMOY #ChrisHarrisJr
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 8, 2017
Community Ambassador Award
The four Broncos who have been named winners for the award due to various accomplishments by each player this year are: wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks, and long snapper Casey Kreiter.
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 21, 2017
Strikes For Kids was founded in 2012 and is involved with 125 NFL and NBA players. It provides the opportunity for kids to have a great time bowling and golfing with Broncos cornerback Bradley Roby.
Darrent Williams Good Guy Award
Darrent Williams was a cornerback for the Broncos that was shot and killed on the morning of January 1st, 2007. He was a very enthusiastic person and was very polite with the media. Safety Justin Simmons was the recipient this year. In each of the past eleven years, a defensive player has been given this award.
Once again, can't thank everyone enough for nominating me for the Darrent Williams Good Guy Award. Truly humbled and honroed to be placed on this list. DW's presence still lives with the Broncos community. 🙏🏽 https://t.co/t8TjDYOAZg
— Justin Simmons (@jsimms1119) December 22, 2017
Simmons: “I’m forever thankful for this award. This is something that I will hold near and dear to my heart.”
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 23, 2017
Christmas @ the Mission means serving thousands of #meals, welcoming hundreds of #volunteers, giving #gifts w/ #joy, #loving on our #homeless #neighbors & sharing the reason for the #season! Take a look at some of our favorite #holiday moments this month: https://t.co/UHSxVrteBI pic.twitter.com/AlNY9nhdSc
— DenverRescueMission (@denverrescue) December 23, 2017
Drive For Life is a foundation in which you can donate your blood to help save lives of over 105,000 people or help make the people’s lives better. This event will give you the opportunity to meet your favourite players, as well as cheerleaders and Broncos mascot, Miles.
It takes about 3,000 blood donations each week for @bonfilsdotorg to maintain a safe and ready blood supply for patients in Colorado and beyond.#BeAChampion and save lives with Bonfils! pic.twitter.com/7iyi4eMzaB
— Broncos Off Field (@BroncosOffField) December 29, 2017
The Broncos named linebacker Todd Davis the Ed Block Courage award winner on December 29, for being a great character and attitude in doing difficult tasks around the Denver community.
— Todd Davis (@BamBamDavis51) December 29, 2017
The Broncos were involved in reproducing bees into the community due to a shortage of the insect, therefore a lack of honey being made.
Interesting story on the Broncos, led by Director of Turf Brooks Dodson, hosting nearly 100,000 bees annually on training facility grounds. https://t.co/vFZxLokzR2
— Patrick Smyth (@psmyth12) December 30, 2017
The Broncos players and staff members have put in a ton of hours in helping to change the lives of as many people as they possibly could.
🧡 Total number of service hours by players = 975.75
💙 Total number of service hours by staff = 627.5
🧡 Lives changed = priceless
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 4, 2018
Von Miller was named the NFLPA’s community MVP on January 5th, 2018.
The final #CommunityMVP of the 2017 season goes to @VonMiller of the @Broncos. He helped give the gift of sight for the holidays by donating more than 2,000 eyeglass frames to Denver kids from low-income families #CommunityMVP @VonsVision58 pic.twitter.com/2AvlwXKkMy
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 5, 2018
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 6, 2018
Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall motivated kids to attend all of their classes so they get the best education they can. The reward was pretty tasty too, I assume!
At Swansea Elementary, our kids have been working hard on their attendance. The reward? A pizza party from @Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall. In Sept., Brandon promised students pizza, if they achieved perfect attendance. Congrats to our kids, and thanks to @BMarshh54! pic.twitter.com/6jh6O1n73J
— DenverPublicSchools (@DPSNewsNow) January 11, 2018
A fun thing that the Broncos have allowed is the ability for kids to interview players and coaches.
But then the DE surprised her with #Broncos 🎟's!
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 12, 2018
The Broncos’ season ended after week 17, but they have kept themselves busy. Receiver Emmanuel Sanders recently took a trip to Glasgow, Scotland with Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and held a Q&A session.
While their season has been over for a couple of weeks, they don’t have any trouble finding something to do. Their work around the community and even outside of Denver is greatly appreciated and far more important than a game. Thank you, Broncos!