This offseason, the Broncos have taken their camaraderie beyond the playing field.
“I think it’s important to get to know guys and spend time with guys not just out here at practice or in the weight room,” quarterback Peyton Manning said. “When you’re over here in the weight room and in practice, it’s pretty much just work and you listen to the coaches, listen to the strength coaches.”
A large group of players went to a Colorado Rockies game, Peyton Manning took wide receivers Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker to Duke for some on-the-field work and the full team will participate in a golf tournament for the second consecutive year.
“It’s probably a good thing it’s nine holes and not 18,” Manning laughed. “There were 40 sets of rental clubs last year, which tells you how many non-golfers we have on this team. But it’s fun. Everybody plays with a different position—I’ll play with a defensive lineman and a linebacker.”
Getting together as a team away from the Broncos’ Dove Valley headquarters can help translate to on-field success as the chemistry between the players grows.
“It’s little things like that, that I always thought made a difference,” Manning said. “The good teams that I’ve been on in the past were guys that got along, guys that went to dinner, that hung out and spent time away from the playing field (together). I’ve always thought that’s important. I think it can win a game for you somewhere down the road.”