The Summer Scrimmage sizzled as the Denver Broncos took the field at Mile High Stadium in front of a record crowd of excited fans. Fans flooded the stadium, eager to get a first look at the 2012 Broncos, especially new quarterback Peyton Manning.
The Broncos annual summer scrimmage is essentially a practice on a much bigger stage, beginning with team stretching, followed by position specific drills, and finally seven versus seven and a full team scrimmage. The highlight of the day was a touchdown pass from Manning to wide receiver Eric Decker, a combination Broncos fans hope to see many times throughout the season.
How excited are Broncos fans to have Peyton Manning in town? In past years, the Broncos could expect about twenty thousand fans for the annual scrimmage, but this year a record 41,304 fans created a sea of bright orange and navy blue, cheering every pass, kick, tackle, and run. Fans were rewarded after the scrimmage when all of the Broncos players stayed behind for an extra half hour signing autographs in a frenzy of Sharpie activity. Hopes are high for a new winning era in Broncos football, led by their new Hall of Fame quarterback. The preseason gets underway next week when Denver travels to Chicago to take on the Bears. Go Broncos!