Denver Broncos Fight Like a Bronco


ESPN feature: Luke Kellerman

Luke Kellerman, a former assistant turf manager at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, who inspired Denver's "Fight Like a Bronco" campaign, was honored by ESPN on Monday via a tribute video that aired on "Monday Night Countdown" ahead of the Broncos' game against the Chiefs. First aired 10/30/2017.


In September 2015, Denver Broncos Assistant Turf Manager Luke Kellerman was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and began formulating a proposal for an expansion of the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign.

Seven months later, the proposal came to life when the team announced "Fight Like A Bronco", an all-inclusive campaign recognizing all those affected by cancer. The yearlong campaign focuses on prevention and screenings, support for those currently battling cancer, celebrating survivors, and remembering those we've lost.

While Kellerman tragically lost his battle with cancer on October 26, 2017 at age 34, his legacy lives on through the team's "Fight Like a Bronco" campaign.

"There needs to be 34 year-olds that get stuff like this, which sucks. But it needs to happen in order for change," said Kellerman. "This cancer stuff—we're ready for it to be done with and hopefully touch as many people as we possibly can. That's our goal."


Since 2016, the Broncos have donated more than $339,300 to fund local research efforts and access to screenings for uninsured and underinsured Coloradans.


Throughout the year, Denver Broncos players, alumni, cheerleaders, staff and Miles the Mascot make countless visits to those battling cancer at both UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado.


Each October, the team honors more than 100 cancer survivors at a designated "Fight Like a Bronco" home game to celebrate the courage of all cancer survivors—men, women and children. Survivors and their guests are treated to a pre-game reception with President and CEO Joe Ellis, and then recognized on-field during halftime.


Each year, the Broncos host a Fight Like A Bronco Remembrance Event to honor those who have lost their battle with cancer. The annual event provides an opportunity for Broncos fans to participate in a private, guided activity to customize a Fight Like A Bronco art piece in memory of their loved one.