Head Coach John Fox grew up in a military family. His father, Ron, was a U.S. Navy SEAL. So Fox knows as well as anyone the importance of today — Veterans Day.
After Friday’s practice, Fox addressed the topic.
“We talk in football about sacrifice and commitment,” Fox said. “I grew up in a military family and I know a lot of family and friends today that are (abroad). I was over in Afghanistan two years ago and just seeing the commitment and sacrifice by the people that are overseas now and people that have done it before for our freedom so we can live the way we do –- it doesn’t get much better than that.”
The Broncos will honor Veterans Day next Thursday when the team takes on the New York Jets. The contest has been designated as a military appreciation game. The club is teaming up with Bud Light to salute service members by recognizing select heroes during the Celebration of our Military at that game.
“We play a sport for a living,” Lonie Paxton said. “These guys put their lives on the line, and their families sacrifice. Everyone who they know in their lives sacrifice to have them over there. And they do it because they want to, not because they have to. It’s pretty special to have us be able to play a sport for a living while these guys are over there giving their lives. As a team, we feel like we owe a lot to these guys with what we do in the community, what we do in our family lives and on the field. It’s pretty special to have them honored.”