Five Broncos -- David Bruton Jr., Darian Stewart, Antonio Smith, Kapri Bibbs and Lorenzo Doss -- helped give away bikes to kids from the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club. (photos by Ben Swanson)
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — **A fractured fibula couldn't keep David Bruton Jr. from playing the entire game against the Steelers on Sunday, and it couldn't keep him from joining a handful of teammates to help give away bikes to kids from the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday.
After all, bikes are his thing; he's even got a tattoo of one on his leg. Something as little as an injury wasn't going to stop him now, especially during the holiday season.
"I always want to be a part of it. Anything to do with bikes, I want to be a part of it," Bruton said with a smile. "I'm just upset they had some trick bikes and I couldn't show the kids how to do a couple of them, jumping on the pegs and spinning the bike around, or 180s or 360s with it, or just hopping on the back tire. I miss that part already, and I miss being able interact with kids in a way I usually do."
About 20 children came to the Pat Bowlen Fieldhouse at the UCHealth Training Facility for a pizza party, but they were also surprised with bikes and five Broncos players: Bruton, fellow safety Darian Stewart, defensive end Antonio Smith, running back Kapri Bibbs and cornerback Lorenzo Doss. But the chance to meet the Broncos paled in comparison to the feeling of getting new bikes.
"I don't think they paid us any attention!" Stewart said. "They saw those bikes and it was all smiles. It was good just to see a smile on their faces. [...] It's important, especially when you can just put a smile on a kid's face around this time. It's important to just have fun with them."
Continuing a tradition he began in Houston, Head Coach Gary Kubiak teamed up with his players to donate 100 bikes to the club.
A bike can be a big part of any kid's youth; Bruton and Stewart each know that.
"Without a doubt, man. That's how we stayed active," Stewart said. "We actually had bike crews growing up. It was fun, building little ramps and stuff, just little fun stuff as kids. Having a bike is important."
A gift like a bike can go a long way, and the Broncos were more than happy to help supply the entire club with 100 bikes for all the members.
"We're just extremely blessed, honestly. It's only right to give back our blessings in some way, shape or form," Bruton said. "We're very fortunate to be professional athletes, but not everybody is a professional athlete, and there are people who are going through real-life struggles and it's just great that us as players, us as an organization, as the Broncos, we give back in such a big way."