DENVER -- It's been 189 days since Bronco fans last saw their team perform in Colorado. That's also 189 days since Broncos players had that familiar mile-high roar to urge them onward.
"We've got the best fans ever in NFL history,"
The fans more than returned the love, with many lining up at stadium gates early Sunday morning to get a front-row seat for their first on-field introduction to the 2014 Broncos. Others sacrificed their choice of seats to greet the players even earlier, staying outside the stadium and lining the walls of the southwest tunnel for when the team bus arrived.
The first player on the field was fittingly
"To have everybody cheering your name and have people screaming your name, it's an amazing feeling," rookie
"It doesn't feel like practice. It was like we were playing a real game."
Even after the team's first padded practice of the offseason brought a surge of energy yesterday, Head Coach John Fox said the fans were able to provide an extra boost.
"Our guys were really excited about it," he said. "It has been pretty quiet out there at Dove Valley. That definitely helps our guys is seeing the Bronco fans.”
A player who particularly relished the time in front of the crowd was
"I missed a lot of football, so I’m just happy to be here," he said. "Training camp goes by a little smoother with the fans being involved, so it’s always a pleasure to have them around cheering us on."
"We’re just trying to give them what they like to see and that’s some Bronco football.”
“This is the time where it gets fun," he said. "We’re getting to our full team periods, full pads, and obviously when you get into the red zone it gets pretty exciting. It’s neat for the fans and it is good work for us.”
The reaction after touchdowns was impressively boisterous considering the number of fans on hand, getting players excited about what will happen when the regular season arrives in September.
“If they start screaming at the beginning, you can barely hear already," former CSU Ram