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Denver Broncos Welcome Local Military to Salute to Service Boot Camp


On Thursday, the Denver Broncos welcomed more than 50 military guests and their family members to the team’s headquarters in Dove Valley.

These special guests attended the Broncos’ practice for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. After practice, several Denver players stayed to sign autographs and speak with these brave men and women, including quarterback Russell Wilson, wide receiver Kendall Hinton and offensive tackle Garett Bolles, among others.

After practice, the USAA and the Broncos teamed up to host its annual Salute to Service training camp, where those service members were hosted by Denver legend Rod Smith and several local and state USAA officials.

Former Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith addresses service members and their families

After a rousing introduction, all participants took part in exercises similar to those held in the NFL combine. Drills included a long throw contest, a shuttle, a 40-yard dash and a long jump.

“It was really good to have the opportunity to come here, to practice how the NFL (does),” Army participant Gideon Adomah said. “My best was the 40-yard sprint. I ran a 4.80 something. It was a bit slow for me. I expected something better, like a 4.1.

Adomah, from Ghana, said it was his first NFL exposure in his life. “It was my first time throwing a soccer ball, so I learned something today,” he said.

According to Dave Morrisey, Senior United States Air Force Academy Relations Advisor for the USAA, there were personnel from several bases in Colorado, including Fort Carson, Schriever Space Force Base, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base and Peterson Air Basic strength.

“(My highlight of the day) was definitely the players who liked us. It’s great to get support that is sometimes invisible,” said Nick Nelson, Air Force Staff Sgt. “It’s a support that you don’t often see, you know, every day when you go to work. (For gamers) it shows why they are playing. They’re going to put it all on the line, just like we do.

Broncos legend Rod Smith watches the military compete in the 40-yard sprint.

Service member competes in long throw contest during USAA Salute to Service Boot Camp

The story originally appeared on Broncos Wire