To celebrate the new partnership, Broncos players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot went to Children's Hospital Colorado to put smiles on kids' faces. (Photo credit: Ben Swanson, Scott Ward/DenverBroncos.com)
AURORA, Colo. —** Brandon Marshall's job normally dictates that he dish out rejection to opponents who have the misfortune of meeting him between the sidelines, but on Wednesday he got to show the other side to kids at Children's Hospital Colorado.
"To come here and talk to these kids and give them a boost to put some smiles on their faces, it means a lot to me and I'm sure it means a lot to them," he said. "I get joy helping somebody else, even if it's as small as a smile or whatever, I get joy in that and it means a lot."
Marshall, along with David Bruton Jr., Ben Garland, Corey Nelson and several members of the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders, visited the hospital on Wednesday morning following the announcement of the Broncos' new partnership with Children's.
"It's just an opportunity for us to give back the blessings that we've been so fortunate with, being part of such a great organization," Bruton said. "Hats off to the organization for putting on such a big deal and having this new contract with Children's Hospital Colorado and bringing us out here as players to interact with not just the fans, but the kids who are sick."
The day was kicked off by player visits to kids in multiple wards. A player and cheerleader duo each took a different floor and met with children and their families in their rooms, sharing a conversation and offering autographed activity books and posters.
"Just looking at the smiles on their faces, brightening up their day, they inspire us to continue to do what we do, to make them happy, to give them hope to continue to fight and to show them that they can do and be whatever they want to be if they just continue to press through," Nelson said.
The day was capped by a pep rally in the hospital atrium. The players, cheerleaders and Miles the Mascot also gathered in the Seacrest Studio for a quick game. Afterward, they made their way to the front of the crowd for introductions and then met with fans for photos and autographs.
"...for the Broncos to be able to partner with Childrens' Hospital, it's an amazing experience," Nelson said. "It's going to be an amazing road, and an amazing time to be able to do stuff with these kids and just to be there for them, to continue to just be a helping hand to them."