Two Broncos legends stood on the sideline during Wednesday’s minicamp practice.
Ring of Fame linebacker Randy Gradishar and Ring of Fame safety Billy Thompson took in the session before leaving the team with some closing thoughts during the huddle to close practice.
“It was just kind of encouragement, I guess,” Gradishar said of his speech to the team. “A theme would be saying, ‘Just picture yourself of being the hero of the game, whether it’s at practice or during an actual game.’ Sometimes we just look at the actual game, but the practice part, the fight, the fundamentals of playing football and remembering what you’re supposed to go — those things never, never go away, no matter how old or young you are. Keeping those at the forefront of your mind mentally and physically gives them a great opportunity to go back and win a Super Bowl.”
The fact that so many talented Broncos alumni continue to come back to visit Dove Valley stood out to linebacker Von Miller, who appreciated what Gradishar had to say.
“It just shows you the type of organization that we have,” Miler said. “These guys could have been doing anything in the world. To get B.T. and Mr. Gradishar and all of those guys out here to just take a moment out of their day—to come here and speak with guys that are generations after them—[and that they] still have a connection to the Broncos organization, that just shows you the type of organization that we have. The type of stuff that they’ve been doing over the years.
“A good indicator of the future is the past. Those guys have been doing a lot of good stuff for us, and hopefully we can continue that on for our guys.”