One of the most beautiful things about the human spirit is that when tragedy strikes, we all come together. After the horrible theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado, in which 12 people died and 58 were injured, many people across the nation have joined together in support.
On Sunday, six Denver Broncos (linebacker Joe Mays, lineman Ryan Clady, Chris Kuper and Ben Garland, wide-receiver Eric Decker and tight-end Jacob Tamme) visited the Medical Center of Aurora, where a number of the victims were taken.
“It was just such a tragic event,” said Mays, “you just wish that things like that never happened, but it did and my heart goes out to all the family members and loved ones. Today, we just wanted to come here and speak to those that were in the hospital and just talk to them a little bit. We just wanted to show extra support to them.”
While visiting one of the victims, Carey Rottman, the discussion turned to college football. Funny enough, Rottman was a running back for Winona State College and actually played against Chris Kuper when he played for the University of North Dakota.
“It meant the world,” Rottman said. “Especially with some of the guys I had a connection with through college football – we knew a lot of the same people and that just brings them down to more of a real level. It’s surreal.”
Former Bronco Brian Dawkins also spent time with three of the victims and Peyton Manning called in to speak with a few, as well. The players not only met with victims, they also met with the emergency staff that initially treated the victims early Friday morning.
Kudos to the Denver Broncos and their players for taking the time to put some much-needed smiles on the faces of those who surely needed it. Well done, guys.
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