UPDATE: Helton went on to hit a grand slam in the first inning of the Rockies’ game Wednesday night.
Last week it was Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki that came out to watch a Broncos practice.
Today his teammate, first baseman Todd Helton, stopped by Dove Valley to take in a Broncos minicamp session.
Helton is no stranger to the football field, as he was a starting quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers before he was injured and replaced by another quarterback who also attended Wednesday’s practice.
Peyton Manning took over for Helton as the Volunteers’ quarterback in 1994 and Helton never played another snap of football, concentrating his efforts on the baseball diamond instead.
Manning and Helton have remained close friends over the years and Manning has been a guest of Helton’s in the Rockies’ clubhouse and has taken in a few games at Coors Field this season.
Helton became the fifth Tennessee Volunteer on the practice field Wednesday, joining Manning, Britton Colquitt, Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson.
Colquitt took time during a break from special teams drills to talk to Helton, who he had never met before despite having a hometown connection of Knoxville, Tenn.
“Of course, I grew up watching him,” Colquitt said. “It was cool, I’ve always wanted to meet him and since I’ve been out here, I’ve been like, ‘I’ve got to meet that guy.’ He’s awesome and he’s a legend. It’s just cool to be in the same town as him since he’s from the same place that I’m from.”
Colquitt said he enjoys when other Denver professional athletes come out to watch a practice.
“It’s definitely cool to see the (Rockies) guys come out and sometimes the (Nuggets),” he said. “Sometimes you forget that you’re in professional sports, too. It’s definitely cool to see them.”