Denver Broncos Player Initiatives

Player Initiatives


2022 Denver Broncos Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year: G Dalton Risner

Selected by the Broncos in the second round (41st overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft from Kansas State, Risner has consistently demonstrated a commitment to using his platform to impact the community during his four seasons as a Bronco. Risner's commitment to his community has not wavered throughout his time in Denver, continuously expanding the reach of his impact, varying from serving as an ambassador for various nonprofits to mentoring local youth and using his foundation to spread kindness.

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2022: Dalton Risner2014: Ben Garland2006: Rod Smith
2021: Justin Simmons2013: Wesley Woodyard2005: John Lynch
2020: Justin Simmons2012: Zane Beadles2004: Rod Smith
2019: Justin Simmons2011: Wesley Woodyard2003: Ian Gold
2018: Von Miller2010: Wesley Woodyard2002: Ed McCaffrey
2017: Chris Harris Jr.2009: Champ Bailey2001: Eric Brown
2016: Virgil Green2008: Champ Bailey
2015: David Bruton Jr.2007: Domonique Foxworth
2022 Denver Broncos Salute to Service Award Nominee: DL Michael Purcell

2022 Denver Broncos Salute to Service Award Nominee: DL Michael Purcell

Denver Broncos defensive lineman Michael Purcell was named the team's nominee for the 2022 Salute to Service Award, presented by USAA. The annual award acknowledges the exceptional efforts by members of the NFL community to honor and support U.S. service members, veterans and their families.

For four consecutive seasons, Purcell has honored Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) for his My Cause My Cleats and has raised more than $3,310 for the nonprofit by auctioning his custom cleats after the designated game. In 2019, Purcell visited with a local veterans business resource group to thank them for their service and share his custom cleats, and in 2021 he unveiled his cleats at the WWP Colorado Springs office. In addition to his work with WWP, Purcell has participated in outreach with Buckley Air Force Base and USO Colorado and took part in the 2022 USAA Salute to Service caravan to visit with and honor local service men and women.

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2022: Michael Purcell2018: Randy Gradishar2014: Ben Garland
2021: Andrew Beck*2017: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders2013: Champ Bailey
2020: Andrew Beck2016: DeMarcus Ware2012: Denver Broncos Cheerleaders
2019: Brandon Stokley2015: Malik Jackson

*National Award Winner

Player Foundations

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Garett BollesGB3 Foundation
Baron BrowningProject 2442 Foundation
Kareem JacksonKareem Jackson Foundation
D.J. JonesThe D.J. Jones Foundation
Justin SimmonsJustin Simmons Foundation
Javonte WilliamsThe Javonte Williams Foundation
Russell WilsonWhy Not You Foundation