When you work in professional sports for a number of years you cannot help but develop a second family, besides the one at home which means so much to all of us, and is in fact the basis of our entire lives.
But that second family is in a building where you spend a huge percentage of your time, working with a unified group of individuals passionate about a singular goal.
Every team can’t win every year, but that’s the goal for every team, and that is the bond that creates the second family.
Over the years in the Denver Broncos family I have been fortunate to be a part of seasons that have been mostly good, and often great.
And there have been great people as part of the extended Broncos family; I can remember when the children of Mike and Peggy Shanahan were very young, and my own son and daughter working here as summer ball boy (son) and PR office typist (daughter).
At the same time the kids of other longtime coaches were growing up – many have now moved away, but they will always be a part of the Broncos family.
New members enter the family every year through the NFL draft, which in 2008 brought us nine players of diverse backgrounds and locations.
But as of April 27, they are tied to the Broncos forever.
The new draftees perhaps do not yet know how outstanding a franchise they are coming into, but they soon will see the operation of a great meritocracy.
Draftees come in rounds from one through seven, but when they first enter the locker room and later the field, they are treated as equals, and the best advance.
So to tackle Ryan Clady, wide receiver/return specialist Eddie Royal, offensive lineman Kory Lichtensteiger, cornerback Jack Williams, running back Ryan Torain, defensive tackle Carlton Powell, linebacker Spencer Larsen, safety Josh Barrett, and fullback Peyton Hillis, welcome to the Broncos family.
The 2008 season now is just lifting and sprinting, but it will evolve into meetings and practices, and ultimately into 16 games that once again will determine the measure of a team.
The above players already have passed the test of talent and character which brought them draft day selection by the Denver Broncos, and soon enough all the members of the Broncos Country family can watch the new guys integrate themselves into our “second family” community.