Denver Broncos Kickoff Kid!

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.


Red Robin Burgers and the Denver Broncos invited us to be on the sidelines for their “Kickoff Kid” program during the August 27th pre-season game.

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.



I have never done sports photography but it was fun to try my hand at it for a night.

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Even more fun to watch my kid do THIS:

And hang out with THESE GUYS:

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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.


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.

This article has 25 comments

  1. Anonymous

    How coolis that?!?!!!! I love the Broncos!!!!!

  2. Anonymous

    Rock on Dex!!! – m

  3. Christopher Reinhard

    Love this post. Good for the kid!

  4. Anonymous

    As soon as I saw this I thought of Uncle CT. Glad I visited your blog this (um) month! xo – Laura McG

  5. Anonymous

    Declan will remember that day for the rest of his life !! What a thrill !!! I’m sure his grandfather would have been proud to see him on the field.

  6. Everyfann

    love the pics (as always). what a cool thing for him!!!!

  7. AH

    He just looks so happy AND proud !!
    Hope you guys have a great weekend.

  8. Mara

    Declan was so excited last week! Such a great experience for him! I always wanted to be a kickoff kid!

  9. Justin


  10. Kim Hosey

    How amazingly cool. I don’t even care about football and I’m excited. My husband will be insanely jealous.

  11. jyl johnson pattee

    What an amazing opportunity for you guys! I’ve got to share this with Troy. He would love to be a Kickoff Kid, even at age 43 LOL!

  12. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Moosh – I just knew you liked football – that is so cool!

    And thanks everyone!!!! :))) it really was one of those nights we’ll remember forever.

  13. Sizzle

    What an awesome experience for him (and you!)!

  14. Dave

    WAAAYYYY super awesome. G was ball boy at a CU men’s basketball game last year, he really enjoyed it, but it was really loud and he was a bit surprised at how many obscenities he kept hearing… 🙂


    ps: submitted my little man on the Red Robin FB page. Now if we get lucky…

  15. Aimee Greeblemonkey

    Sizzle – I know – *I* was freaking out too! :)))

  16. Vanessa

    How AWESOME! What a great experience. Declan looked so cute out there! Thanks for sharing, Aimee!


  17. moosh in indy.

    My husband wants to be a kickoff kid. (Did you know we’re loyal Broncos fans? True story.)

    I however just want to be Tebow’s lady.

  18. Kelly

    OMG!! That is SO Cool!!! Wow! How fun. What a great experience. 🙂

  19. monstergirlee

    What a wonderful opportunity for you all – especially Declan. Wow.
    Thanks for taking us along for the ride.

  20. Melissa Taylor

    what an incredible experience!

  21. Mainline Mom

    OMG Aimee, that’s INCREDIBLE! My husband is a huge Broncos fan and a massive football fan in general. My oldest son hasn’t quite gotten into it yet but I know his dad hopes someday he’ll love it as much as he does. Love the video!

  22. Kristen {RAGE against the MINIVAN}

    Duuuude. That is awesome!! Although you do realize . . . everything else in life will now be a disappointment in the shadow of this night. 🙂

  23. Paula Berg

    So glad y’all had a great time!

  24. ExtraordinaryMommy

    I just LOVE this – how amazing to be able to be there with Declan for this once-in-a-lifetime experience…. The pictures are phenomenal.

  25. MargieK

    Absolutely awesome!

    My kids would have loved to have done this. Alas, they’re now too old (why didn’t I know about this 10-ish years ago?).

    I finally, after living in Colorado 30+ years, attended a Bronco game last year.

    Congratulations! What a great experience!

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