I’ve talked before about how we are connected to football through my father-in-law. He was a great fan, and played the game in college. He almost played professionally, but a terrible accident cut that short.
He would have been blown away by what his grandson experienced last weekend.
Sidelines as in SIDELINES.
We stayed there the whole game, the only non-staff to do so.
It was surreal.
Declan was tasked with running out on the field every time the Broncos had a kickoff – he had to pick up the tee, salute the appropriate goal, and run back off as soon as possible.
Because the GAME WAS STILL GOING ON, PEOPLE!
I have never done sports photography but it was fun to try my hand at it for a night.
Even more fun to watch my kid do THIS:
And hang out with THESE GUYS:
And to think about my father-in-law loving every minute of it.
P.S. In case you are wondering, we played the Seattle Seahawks. The same night these guys moved to Seattle.
P.P.S. Those last two dudes are hall-of-famer Karl Mecklenburg and wide receiver Eddie Royal. Both were incredibly nice, and Eddie even jumped off the bench and gave Declan his game gloves when he saw him wearing the #19 jersey.
P.P.P.S. We’ll probably watch football more often now. Seeing as Declan can’t stop talking about that night.
P.P.P.P.S. I think it’s pretty obvious, but Red Robin and the Broncos provided this opportunity for us. But they didn’t make me gush on and on. That was all me.
P.P.P.P.P.S. The rest of my photos are here.
P.P.P.P.P.P.S. DOES YOUR COLORADO KID WANT TO BE A KICKOFF KID?
The Red Robin Facebook page will collect entries from 8/29/11 to 9/18/11. Winning kids must be Colorado residents, age 6-12.