Two-year-old Craig resident Zaylan Kirby stands awestruck Monday while waiting for an autograph from Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot. Zaylan was one of the hundreds of residents who flocked to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to participate in Broncos Mania.

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Two-year-old Craig resident Zaylan Kirby stands awestruck Monday while waiting for an autograph from Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot. Zaylan was one of the hundreds of residents who flocked to the Boys & Girls Club of Craig to participate in Broncos Mania.

Celebrating the orange and blue

Football fans flock to Boys & Girls Club for Broncos Mania

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Miles, the Denver Broncos mascot, signs an autograph on 7-year-old Kyanna Woods' head Monday at Broncos Mania.

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The two Super Bowl trophies won by the Denver Broncos sit on display Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig. Fans in attendance got the chance to take their pictures with Broncos cheerleaders, Miles the mascot, as well as the Vince Lombardi trophies, which the Broncos won in 1997 and 1998.

School shmool.

Who wants to be in class when the Denver Broncos are in town?

Definitely not any of the youths at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig on Monday.

"I got out of class early," 9-year-old Deven Mosman said. "This is way better than being in school. I came to see the cheerleaders."

Mosman wasn't alone.

Broncos Mania hit town Monday, with more than 500 Craig residents taking time out of work and skipping class to get a chance at an autograph, picture or simply to catch a glimpse of their favorite team.

Miles the mascot was there. So were the glimmering Super Bowl trophies earned by Colorado's National Football League franchise in 1997 and 1998.

Many thought the trophies and mascot were cool, but most wanted the same as Mosman.

"We're here to take pictures with the cheerleaders," 7-yearold Dylan Huntley said. "The Broncos are the best team in football. Seeing the trophies is way better than being in school. But, I want to see the cheerleaders the most."

Craig earned the right to host the celebration last month, when event organizer Tony Maneotis submitted video footage to the Broncos showing the town's support for the team.

Craig was one of eight cities chosen to host the festivities.

Huntley's brother, Jonathon, was happy to see the Broncos win Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, but he didn't dwell on the topic very long, nor did he care what went on behind the scenes to make Monday's event happen.

"We are already winning," Jonathon said, "so where are the cheerleaders?"

Hunter Reeves stood in front of the table where cheerleaders Lauren Gardner and Janelle Mangurm signed a team picture for him.

He was shy when they asked him questions, but a big smile erupted from his cheeks when his mother, Kim, told him what the two members of the Broncos spirit squad wrote.

"They signed it 'to the future Broncos football player'" she said as Hunter's eyes lit up. "He swears he's going to play for the Broncos one day, so I took off of work and got him out of school so we could come down here."

Although many who waited in line to speak to Gardner and Mangurm were boys, 10-year-old Summer Henderson was waiting patiently, too.

"I'm going to be a cheerleader one day," Henderson said. "I don't know if it will be for the Broncos though."

Odd coming from a girl wearing a Broncos jersey, but Henderson has a secret.

"I'm a Chargers fan," she said grinning.

Henderson may have been the only one in attendance.

The Boys & Girls Club gymnasium was full of orange and blue from the ceiling to the floor.

John Elway, Terrell Davis and Champ Bailey jerseys were everywhere.

Flashes popped in front of the dueling Vince Lombardi trophies.

The line of fans ran out the door and into the parking lot where cars blocked the entrance.

But, nobody seemed to mind the congestion.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing," Mosman said. "If this was every day, I'd never go to school."

Unless the cheerleaders were there.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

Comments

grannyrett 6 years, 2 months ago

50's age??? He's just a young pup! I don't know about his dreams. Gonna have to talk to him.

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oawow 6 years, 2 months ago

Were is the pictures of the cheerleaders? Like I want to see a picture of a dog.... just sayin'.

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oawow 6 years, 2 months ago

Were is the pictures of the cheerleaders?.... just sayin'.

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George Robertson 6 years, 2 months ago

How many innings did it take them to get those trophies?

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lonelyone 6 years, 2 months ago

what dog? i see a picture of the bronco's horse, silly as it may be,but I've not seen the dog yet!! oh and lets not forget those pretty trophies!! I don't care for the Broncos to much, but this deal is/was kind of nice for the community.

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redneckgirl 6 years, 2 months ago

I love, love, love the Bronco's. Im a native born and raised-my dad would bust my backside if I didn't love the Broncos!! I sure wished i could have been at this but i had to work...blah I love football....Go Bronco's!! And yeah..what dog??

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lonelyone 6 years, 2 months ago

Hey Craig_gal, if it brings you and redneck girl and 50cal, back to the forum, then it was my pleasure to make fun of the Broncos!!! ;o)

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Craig_gal 6 years, 2 months ago

tsk tsk tsk, ya'll just have to go and make these comments, ya know redneckgirl and I are gonna take the bait and ream on you "non-believers" oh yes, this was cool. GO BRONCOS

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grannyrett 6 years, 2 months ago

red and Craig_gal and 50---It's been lonely here without you. Where ya been?

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Craig_gal 6 years, 2 months ago

aww thanks, I read the forums everyday i just haven't had the gumption to make any comments. Besides I hear 50 had some pretty wild dreams and with his age and all...............

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lonelyone 6 years, 2 months ago

You know about 50's dreams?!?!?!? ;o) I hear ya about having the gumption to post, some days I just like to read and try to figure out things.....like what did he mean by that and are they a couple or what? Anyway I hope 50 is doing ok, he's just been to quiet lately.

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