Check out the best shots of Mark Jackson, Steve Watson, Miles and the Broncos cheerleaders at the High School Game of the Week.
WESTMINSTER, Colo. --Fans attending the matchup between Horizon and Legacy high schools last night were in for a little bit of a treat.
An hour before kickoff, the pregame festivities were in full swing with Broncos alumni Mark Jackson and Steve Watson signing autographs and taking pictures, Miles the Mascot meeting fans and the Super Bowl XXXIII trophy on display. The Broncos cheerleaders were also on hand, signing and posing for photos.
"We didn't have that when I was in high school," said Jackson, who played his high school ball in Indiana. He added with a laugh, "We'd be happy if our mascot showed up. They were late all the time."
The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders and Junior Denver Broncos Cheerleaders each performed on the field before the game, in which Legacy won 21-17 with the help of 14 fourth-quarter points.
Jackson and Watson served as honorary captains during the coin toss and then Miles delivered the game ball just before kickoff.
"Getting down here on the sideline and actually sticking your nose in here, looking at the faces, it was really fun," said Watson, whose son coaches football with 850 KOA's Dave Logan at Cherry Creek High School. "I really enjoyed it."
Watson played his entire nine-year career as a receiver with the Broncos after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent and went to the 1981 Pro Bowl. Jackson joined the Broncos as a rookie sixth-round pick in Watson's penultimate year, 1986, famously catching the game-tying touchdown from John Elway to cap "The Drive" in the AFC Championship against the Browns.
Jackson said the opportunity to attend community events with other Broncos alumni is a unique experience.
"It's cool because some of the guys you may have played with, so it's kind of a reuniting of that," he said. "Other guys -- I love it when I'm doing an appearance with someone I haven't played with. Maybe he played in another era."
For Watson, the event took him back to his high school days in Delaware where he still remembers hearing his dad yell at his coach during timeouts.
"It was always good advice," Watson recalled with a smile. "'Throw it to Steve!'"