Hi Broncos Fans! Who would have thought the Broncos, who were 1-4 at the beginning of this season, would be in the playoffs and on their way to play the Patriots this weekend in Foxborough?! This being my rookie year, I am so extremely lucky and happy to have been at the Broncos first playoff game in six years and witness them achieve such an amazing victory against the Steelers. This game was one for the history books.
Every Broncos fanatic I have spoken to after the game on Jan. 8 has told me it was the most amazing game the Broncos have ever played. It was such as amazing game because not only did the Broncos win, but the support the team had at the game from Broncos fans was unbelievable. The roar of the stadium at the start of overtime as Demaryius Thomas caught Tim Tebow’s 80-yard pass to win the game brought chills to my body. As I looked up into the stadium, I have never seen such a sight. Broncos Fans were on their feet dancing in celebration. No one was in a rush to leave the stadium after that play, and the players were rushing to the field to share the moment with their teammates after such an amazing victory. But it didn’t stop there. After the players huddled in the middle of the field, they rushed to their fans and went around the field to celebrate with all the fans who stuck around till the end.
As the celebration continued I looked at my fellow cheerleaders and all of them shared the same emotion that I was feeling… tears of joy! We couldn’t believe what had just happened. Even though the game was over and our duties as cheerleaders were done, we didn’t want to leave the field. We stayed and continued to dance and celebrate the moment together as teammates and with the fans. For everyone on our team, it was the first time in a long time the Broncos had won a playoff game and we were a part of it. We didn’t want that moment to end.
The Broncos victory against the Steelers wasn’t the only moment of the game that brought tears of joy — the national anthem and halftime performance also brought those emotions to the field. A huge surprise for all the Broncos fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was when Rascal Flatts came to sing the National Anthem. It was a perfect way to start the game when the giant American flag came across the field and the jets flew above the stadium while they sang. It was an absolute beautiful moment.
Then during halftime, the talented Jesse James came back to Sports Authority Field at Mile High to perform. The Broncos brought in hundreds of dancers to perform alongside her and the Broncos Cheerleaders. The first song she performed was ‘When You Say My Name’, her upcoming single off of her new album. The special part about the halftime show however was the second song Jesse performed, Military Man, which she dedicated to her father who was a colonel in the military. During her performance, men and women stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs who recently returned home from Iraq on their fourth tour came onto the field and were met by their loved ones. It was a humbling moment to be among those heroes who served our country and made it home safe and sound.
Overall the Broncos win against the Steelers will always be engraved into my mind. I am so proud to be a part of such an amazing organization and I hope the Broncos can bring what they brought to Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Jan. 8 to Boston this weekend against the Patriots. As John Fox said, “People said you couldn’t, people said you can’t, and you did!” GO BRONCOS and DO IT AGAIN!