Photos of Children's Hospital Colorado junior reporter Melinda Walker's interview with Will Parks. (Photos by Gabriel Christus)
My name is Melinda, and I’m a burn survivor.
Four years ago, I was trapped under a moving treadmill and burned my leg, arm and stomach. I received skin grafts at Children’s Hospital Colorado to treat my burns. All of my treatment was outpatient, so I was not able to meet any Broncos players or other famous people when they came to the hospital. Being able to meet a Broncos player and watch the whole team practice was so awesome!
I was able to go to the Broncos training facility with my dad. We got to see some really cool things, like the Super Bowl rings, where Peyton Manning used to sit for the quarterback meetings, the training field and all of the trophies.
I interviewed a second year safety named Will Parks! He was very nice and very tall. From a young age, he grew up playing football. This pushed him to be a professional football player. The biggest influence in his life is his dad. Will picked up where his dad left off, you could say. His biggest inspiration is little brother.
I asked Will if he had faced adversity in his life. He told me that when he was in Arizona, he didn’t even have sheets to sleep on. His coaches found out and tried to help him in every way possible. The advice he has for young people is to “believe in yourself.”
I asked him who his favorite football player is. He said Sean Taylor - a free safety who played for the Washington Redskins for four years. His least favorite team to play against is the Chiefs. When playing football, he says the mental aspect of the game is the hardest, because you have to be in your head and not all over the place - you have to be laser-focused.
Other than football, his favorite sport is paint-balling. His favorite subject in high school was reading and his least favorite subject was geometry.
I also asked him who his biggest bromance is - he said definitely Justin Simmons, also a safety for the Broncos.
What’s in Will’s future? Giving back to his community is important to him and he wants to be involved with Cystic Fibrosis causes in the future. He also hopes to buy a white Lamborghini - right now he drives a matte green jeep (it’s so cool!).
I had a fantastic time seeing the Broncos practice and meeting Will Parks! He gave me some cool white gloves and signed a football for me. They are displayed on our wall at home. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I am so grateful.