A cool rain sprinkled down on the Broncos as they began their afternoon practice in shells and shorts, but the clouds quickly passed and allowed the team to complete a crisp practice.
Some veterans like Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley, Brian Dawkins and Champ Bailey were back on the field for the second session of the day, while others like Daniel Graham and Justin Bannan took the night off.
THE SOUND OF SUMMER
With the evening sun camped out just over the trees, a nostalgic jingle rolled into Dove Valley on four wheels. Toward the end of 11-on-11 drills, turf manager Troy Smith drove an ice cream truck onto the practice field.
In the street you might see a kid drop his or her bike and sprint to the sound of bells signifying the ice cream man. The music had a similar effect on the football field.
Ryan McBean made a beeline for the truck as soon as he recognized the sound. Toney Baker wasn’t far behind, waving his helmet in the air and pumping his fist. D’Anthony Batiste leisurely skipped his way to truck.
Not one to deprive the fans, Don “Wink” Martindale took an armful of treats and flung them into the crowd. Soon after, McBean led a train of smiling youngsters to get their fill. The rest of the kids in the crowd scattered onto the field for their share.
Robert Ayers elected to stay back and stretch, but Richard Quinn made sure his teammate got a frozen treat, too. What could be better than enjoying dessert on a stick with friends and teammates under a Colorado sunset?
“This is a very physical camp,” Brian Dawkins said. “To do things like this adds a little something to it… a little boost.”
Not everybody recognized the truck’s song. Tim Tebow thought it was piped in as simulated crowd noise, and Champ Bailey mistook the sound for someone’s cellphone. Once he saw the truck, Bailey opted for a super flavor.
“I went for the Spiderman (flavor),” he said. “I just couldn’t do the chocolate… so I got something that was sweet.”
The Broncos will hold a closed practice tomorrow morning, but will be back in action at tomorrow night’s practice at INVESCO Field at Mile High. The practice is free and open to the public. For more information, click here.