Several Broncos players spent their off day visiting local schools in support of the team’s ‘Broncos Tackle Hunger’ program.
A group of Broncos that included punter Britton Colquitt, tight end Virgil Green, defensive end Jason Hunter, defensive tackle Ryan McBean, Miles the Mascot and Broncos Cheerleaders visited Bear Creek K-8 School in Lakewood and Lois Lenski Elementary in Centennial for an assemblies. The two schools collected the most non-perishable food items throughout the month of October as part of the the food drive that collected more than 77,000 pounds of food between all of the participating schools.
“It’s real important because these kids give up their time and money and energy to help those less fortunate,” Colquitt said. “And that’s what our job is as people who are blessed, is to give to the those less fortunate and to love our neighbors.”
At the assembly, the group of Broncos fielded questions from the students in attendance.
When asked what he would be if he wasn’t playing in the NFL, McBean told the students he would be a businessman. The audience also found out that Colquitt’s favorite subject in school was social studies – and lunch.
One girl asked the cheerleaders whether cheerleading helped them in school. Both Broncos Cheerleaders agreed that it helped their focus towards school. However, Colquitt joked that he found cheerleading to have the opposite effect on his focus when he was in school, drawing laughs from the group.
When asked to give the group advice, Hunter told the students to, “Listen to your family. They’re trying to help you. Take they’re advice because they’re trying to put you on the right path.”
Green told the audience, “Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something – that you can’t be a football player, that you can’t be a marine biologist, that you can’t be the president. Take that negative energy and let it fuel you.”
McBean’s response fascinated the students when asked how football helped him in school.
“School taught me self discipline,” McBean said. “When we’re playing a team like Chicago, we get notebooks that we have to study just like you guys have to for homework. We get our notebook and we have homework.”
The group couldn’t believe that professional football players do homework just like they are assigned.
“That’s what school taught me and made me who I am today,” McBean continued. “Remember that you’re helping yourself when you come to school. Listen to your parents and teachers because it will help you in the future.”
The players all enjoyed taking the time to talk to the kids and appreciated the work they did to collect the non-perishable food.
“The kids’ questions were really good,” Colquitt said after the event. “Really smart kids out here. Some of them were really stumping you (laughing). It’s always fun to come out here and we enjoyed it.”
Click here for a photo gallery from the event at Lois Lenski Elementary.