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Craig couple enjoys trip to weekend draft





From left, Tim, Rylie, Jamie and Jerik Felten break out their Denver Broncos gear. Tim and Jamie received much of the materials and more when they attended the 2012 NFL Draft during the weekend in New York City. The orange barrel in front of the family is from a Halloween costume worn by Jerik in 2010, a picture of which won the Feltens the "Paint the Town Orange" contest sponsored in March and April by Denver company Kwal Paint.
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Craig resident Tim Felten announces the Denver Broncos pick of center Philip Blake, of Baylor, in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Felten was able to announce the team's pick as part of Kwal Paint's "Paint the Town Orange" contest for Broncos fans.Jamie FeltenCraig resident Tim Felten stands amid the hubbub of New York City's Radio City Music Hall during the 2012 NFL Draft. Tim and his wife, Jamie, winners of a Denver Broncos fan contest, received a trip to New York from Friday through Sunday, VIP seating for the event, and Tim announced one of the team's draft picks in the fourth round Saturday.Jamie Felten

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"When we started dating, we would go to a game here or there, but I've really been getting into it more because of him. Now I don't want him to go to a game without me, and we watch every single game together. Even if he's working crazy hours and it's recording, we'll wait and watch it together."

— Jamie Felten, on sharing football season with her husband, Tim

For most football fans, involvement with their team doesn't go beyond Sunday afternoons.

Now that Craig resident Tim Felten has seen behind the curtain and glimpsed all the preparation that goes into the National Football League, he has a whole new appreciation for the game.

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Tim and his wife, Jamie, got the experience of a lifetime last weekend when they flew to New York City for the 2012 NFL Draft as winners of the "Paint the Town Orange" contest sponsored by Denver company Kwal Paint on Facebook.

Voted on by Denver Broncos fans in March and April, the Feltens' photo of their son, Jerik, 5, dressed as Broncos personality Barrel Man earned them the trip, complete with VIP arrangements during the draft, team gear, a Q-and-A session with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the opportunity to announce one of their team's picks.

Tim said he was proud to represent Denver at the event.

"There really weren't a lot of Bronco fans there, we saw maybe 10 other people wearing Broncos stuff," he said. "It was pretty loud but not as crazy as I expected.

Some of the fans there got kind of loud, like whenever the Cowboys went up, the place would just erupt. They were definitely hated."

Bronco pride was abundant in Tim's mind Saturday, as he uttered the name of Denver's fourth round selection — Philip Blake, a center from Baylor, the 108th overall pick of the draft.

Tim said he was intrigued by the flow of the process by which Broncos personnel made their picks.

Trading a first-round slot to the New England Patriots, the team conserved their selections for later rounds.

"One of the analyst guys I sat with at the team bench was telling me that was their strategy — to try to beef up their offensive line to protect (Peyton) Manning," Tim said.

Jamie said the Broncos' recent signing of quarterback Manning — and the subsequent trade of Tim Tebow to the New York Jets — was a point of contention between the couple earlier this year.

"I wish the Broncos would have kept (Tebow) and made him a tight end or something," Tim said. "That way he would play, and that would give them another weapon. He wouldn't have lasted too long sitting backup (for Manning). I wasn't too crazy about Tebow at first, but then he started getting better. I can't wait to see what Manning can do."

Jamie is not so sure about the former leader of the Indianapolis Colts starting for Denver.

"I keep thinking Manning is getting up there in age, he's been injured, he was out last season, so I don't know about it," she said.

Unlike her husband, a lifelong Broncos fan, Jamie is relatively new to football fandom.

However, she was surrounded by blue and orange jerseys of a different kind growing up in Illinois.

"I grew up with a family full of Bears fans," she said. "I didn't even watch any games."

The two have made it a point to share the Broncos experience.

"When we started dating, we would go to a game here or there, but I've really been getting into it more because of him," she said.

"Now I don't want him to go to a game without me, and we watch every single game together. Even if he's working crazy hours and it's recording, we'll wait and watch it together."

Jerik and his sister, Rylie, 8, are also big fans of the team, making football days a family affair in the Felten household.

Though she originally felt guilty about not being able to bring her children on the adults-only trip, Jamie said they probably wouldn't have enjoyed the crowded atmosphere much.

"It just goes so fast, and I didn't see anybody under high school age there," she said. "Maybe it's the kind of thing we'll want to take them to when they get older."

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“When we started dating, we would go to a game here or there, but I’ve really been getting into it more because of him. Now I don’t want him to go to a game without me, and we watch every single game together. Even if he’s working crazy hours and it’s recording, we’ll wait and watch it together.”

— Jamie Felten, on sharing football season with her husband, Tim