On Now
Coming Up
  • Sun., Sep. 21, 2014 2:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks The Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the team's first road game of the 2014 season. The game will be televised on CBS.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Denver Broncos Pink Game The Denver Broncos annual Salute to Survivors halftime recognition, celebrating breast cancer survivors at the team's game against the Arizona Cardinals.
  • Sun., Oct. 05, 2014 2:05 PM MDT Broncos vs. Cardinals The Broncos face the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:05 p.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on FOX.
  • Tue., Oct. 07, 2014 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM MDT Drive for Life XVII

    Bonfils Blood Center and the Denver Broncos work together on an annual Drive for Life event which is the largest single day blood drive in Colorado.

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    Sports Authority Field at Mile High
    Click here for more information about the 2014 DFL event.

    Learn more from Broncos Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway and 9News' Cheryl Preheim about 2014 Drive for Life.

  • Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 11:00 AM MDT Denver Broncos at New York Jets The Denver Broncos travel to Met Life Stadium to take on the New York Jets on Oct. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. MT. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Tue., Oct. 14, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM MDT Hometown Huddle Broncos Hometown Huddle
  • Sun., Oct. 19, 2014 6:30 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Francisco 49ers The Denver Broncos take on the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday Night Football on NBC.
  • Thu., Oct. 23, 2014 6:25 PM MDT Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers The Denver Broncos take on AFC West opponent the San Diego Chargers on Thursady Night Football on NFL Network.
  • Sun., Nov. 02, 2014 2:25 PM MST Denver Broncos at New England Patriots The Denver Broncos travel to Gillette Stadium to take on the New England Patriots in a rematch of the 2013 AFC Championship. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
  • Sun., Nov. 09, 2014 2:05 PM MST Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders The Denver Broncos face their AFC West foe Oakland Raiders on the road. The game will be broadcast on CBS.

News & Blogs

Print
RSS

Broncos Salute Soldiers at Fort Carson

Posted Nov 13, 2012

A caravan of Broncos players, alumni and cheerleaders paid a visit to the Fort Carson Army Base on Tuesday.


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- On Tuesday, Broncos President Joe Ellis along with current and former Broncos players joined Miles the mascot and several cheerleaders on a visit to the Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs, presented by USAA.

The caravan made the trip in a show of appreciation as part of the NFL’s Salute to Service month. In partnership with the USAA, a leading insurance provider for the military and the “Official Military Appreciation Sponsor” for the Broncos, the team has adopted Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division.

Also along for the ride were both of the Broncos’ Super Bowl trophies, which the soldiers were able to hold and take pictures with. Defensive end Ben Garland and fullback Chris Gronkowski represented the current players and were joined by former Broncos fullback Reggie Rivers as well as Ring of Fame linebacker Randy Gradishar.

Garland, a lieutenant in the Air Force, said the impact that the presence of the Broncos had on the soldiers was easy to notice.

“It’s a huge morale boost,” Garland said. “With the young airmen especially or the young privates and sergeants, that opportunity where they came to work today and they were expecting just a hard day’s work and they got to hang out with Chris Gronkowski and the cheerleaders, you can’t beat a day that. You get to talk about it and it really boosts your spirit.”

Sergeant Ian Lisenbe confirmed that the experience was as meaningful as Garland thought it was.

“It’s always a good experience, especially when you come to work and you see cheerleaders, you see Broncos players,” Lisenbe said. “Especially being a Broncos fan, it’s the actual team you root for every Sunday, so to see those guys at your work, it’s a pretty good experience.”

The visit made an impact on not only the military men and women that the Broncos visited, but on the Broncos as well.

“You can just have a greater appreciation, a greater opportunity to really see the sacrifice and the costs that these military people give from their families, being away from home,” Gradishar said. “Sure, they have decided they want to volunteer and be part of our military, but just to get an opportunity to eat with them, see what they do on a regular basis, their training, and see how they actually operate is certainly a real blessing for me and I think we in America will continue to support that issue.”

In addition to chatting with the soldiers, signing autographs and posing for photographs, the players and cheerleaders also got a taste of Army life by going inside battle tanks, holding and assembling weapons and trying on the military helmets and Kevlar vests.

“I felt like a little kid,” Garland said of his experience inside the tanks. “Every little boy dreams about being behind a tank or in the driver’s seat of a Bradley (Tank), operating the guns, being able to hold them. It really felt really cool.”

The Broncos even engaged in some friendly competition with the soldiers. A couple of the cheerleaders took part in races while carrying armored vests and guns, and one of the officers challenged Gronkowski and Garland to a pushup competition.

After meeting with the soldiers in the morning, the group enjoyed lunch in the dining hall, which was immediately followed by an autograph and photo session. Later, the players met with Major General Joseph Anderson in his office, where they were given hats and authentic 4th Infantry Division coins.

To conclude the visit, the players and cheerleaders tried assembling and mounting various weapons, including mortar rounds. All in all, it made for a memorable day for Sergeant Brandon Michael Fedoriw.

“Actually seeing them play and then actually meeting them is a whole different experience, how nice they are, actually getting behind, wanting to learn our job, it’s a great feeling,” Fedoriw said.

Facebook Comments

Let us know your thoughts. Comment below through Facebook, AOL, Hotmail or Yahoo accounts.