DENVER, Colo.** – It was nearly impossible for kids in attendance at the Sports Authority Field Day at Mile High to keep the smiles off their faces Sunday afternoon.
G Ben Garland, S David Bruton Jr. and CB Aqib Talib participated at the 2015 Sports Authority Field Day on Sunday.
With help from guard Ben Garland, safety David Bruton Jr., former Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and even Miles the mascot, girls and boys of all ages participated in a series of drills to help them learn and understand proper football fundamentals. In conjunction with Riddell and USA Football's Heads Up Football, coaches taught the participants at a series of stations that included timed sprints, tackling bags and proper catching technique.
"This is an amazing day," said Garland, a native of Grand Junction, Colorado. "Being a Colorado kid, if I could have had this opportunity to play at Mile High and do football drills - what an amazing day to spend your Sunday."
In addition to workouts on the field, kids and their parents had an opportunity to explore booths from top brands including Riddell, Under Armour, Cutters, Shock Doctor and SKLZ. Participants could also receive professional helmet and shoulder-pad fitting.
Cornerback Aqib Talib was on hand as well to meet fans at the expo, where he signed autographs and took pictures.
To conclude the first session of the day, Garland and McCaffrey had an opportunity to speak to all the campers. During his speech, McCaffrey emphasized the life lessons learned from football and how what the teamwork they learn on the field correlates to life outside of football. Garland talked to the kids about how chased his dreams and that anything is possible.
"It was fun because you could see the passion in their eyes and how much fun they were having," said Garland. "You see how hard they're trying to kill the bags, and you're like, 'Alright, get your head up a little bit, we'll have a good time."