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JAY6
05-10-2012, 10:49 AM
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Offensive tackle Orlando Franklin, all 335 pounds of him, is climbing a 33-foot wall, strapped to two Broncos teammates, with a goal that all three would safely reach the top together.
Broncos nickel back Chris Harris and punter Britton Colquitt are holding hands, feet on top of an elevated, V-shaped ropes course. They must negotiate the ropes from one end to the other, and through communication, trust and partnership, they must get there together.
This was no secret mission. This was the Broncos' Broadmoor 11.
At a time when the NFL is getting hammered with concussion lawsuits from more than 1,800 former players, former star quarterback Kurt Warner says he wouldn't want his kids playing in the NFL and former star linebacker Junior Seau commits suicide, 11 Broncos participated in a private leadership boot camp last week on the grounds of The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs.
"It was a good application where we would climb ropes one day, and we got to know one another's stories another day," said wide receiver Eric Decker. "It got real personal as far as getting to know one another's stories. Talking about leadership and getting feedback and learning how to communicate sometimes in this sport, you feel like all you're doing is what you're told, showing up on time, and sometimes communication gets lost."
Starting left guard Zane Beadles went through similar retreats during his college career at Utah and passed on the idea to Jerry Butler, the former Buffalo Bills receiver who is now Denver's director of player development. Butler led 11 Broncos Kevin Vickerson, Lance Ball, Joel Dreessen, Harris, Decker, Colquitt and the entire starting offensive line of Ryan Clady, J.D. Walton, Chris Kuper, Franklin and Beadles to the three-day retreat.
"I wouldn't say we're the core of the team by any means, but I think we are guys who want to be with this team for a long time, and we established a foundation of getting to know each other," Decker said.
It doesn't get much more posh than The Broadmoor, but don't get the wrong idea.
The Broncos didn't walk around the pond feeding the ducks.
"Didn't see the pond," Beadles said.
They didn't spend Friday or Saturday night hoisting steins and singing along at the Golden Bee.
"Never saw it," Decker said.
Last Thursday, The Broadmoor 11 using code names that Beadles asked not to reveal talked about leadership.
Talked about what they hoped to accomplish.
Talked about each other.
Talked about themselves.
"I thought it was cool to hear where all the guys had come from," said Harris, who made the Broncos' roster last year as an undrafted rookie and finished the season covering New England Patriots star Wes Welker one-on-one in the playoffs. "Everybody has their own path to the NFL. It was humbling to hear their stories, the hardships they had to overcome."
The Broncos' Broadmoor 11 ate every meal together, spent the night together, then woke up the next morning to perform a variety of team-building exercises from 8:30 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon.
After spending a second night together at the hotel, there was more discussion and exercises Saturday morning.
These are elite enough athletes to play football at the highest professional level, yet the beauty of the leadership boot camp was they were all asked to perform physical tasks that made each of them as individuals feel inept.
But together, whether in groups of two, groups of three, or as a full, 11-man unit? Butler marveled at a team drill in which each guy had to pull two slit boards from a pile, pull out a map and figure out which wood piece goes over, which board goes under.
The average time to put the puzzle together is 13 minutes. The Broncos' Broadmoor 11 solved it in 6 minutes the first time, and kept improving until they threw it together in only 13 seconds.
"Foremost it's about getting to know each other a little better and you go through experiences together," Beadles said. "But at the same time, it gives you good tools on everything from how you treat people, how you interact with your family, all the way to helping you with leadership skills. Listening to people. Putting your ego aside. Everybody's different, but it helped me grow as a person and as a man as well."

http://www.denverpost.com/broncos/ci_20588719/broncos-strengthen-bond-leadership-boot-camp-at-broadmoor

MarkB
05-10-2012, 10:55 AM
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There's the other pic. Beat me to posting the article. Nice read

flosstein
05-10-2012, 11:48 AM
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There's the other pic. Beat me to posting the article. Nice read

Vickerson is friggin HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!
Glad to see the entire starting OL was there. Unity off the field will translate very well on the field. As well as all the other Broncos that were there. This team has the makings of something special!

one_bad_55
05-10-2012, 11:53 AM
Love seeing the guys working together. First it was Manning with the wideouts, then the secondary hanging out and now the oline. I sure hope this team comes together as a unit and pounds the crap out of the competition.

When does the season start? Darn I can't wait.

BluenOrnge4Life
05-10-2012, 11:54 AM
They didn't do anything like this during the 3 years that I worked there! :laugh:

Good read though.

flosstein
05-10-2012, 11:57 AM
http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2012/0510/20120510_111718_BroncosBootCamp051012a.jpg

There's the other pic. Beat me to posting the article. Nice read
Is Clady growing the dreads back or is that Franklin's arm?

PhoenixDread
05-10-2012, 05:16 PM
Clady is looking like the Notorious B.I.G.

LarryDean
05-11-2012, 12:59 PM
Vickerson is friggin HUGE!!!!!!!!!!!

That's what I was thinking about Franklin that guy is a monster ... I know not everyone feels the same but I'm thrilled with the Broncos offensive line ...

Frenchy180
05-11-2012, 01:34 PM
Is Clady growing the dreads back or is that Franklin's arm?

Franklins arm :laugh:

flosstein
05-12-2012, 09:25 AM
That's what I was thinking about Franklin that guy is a monster ... I know not everyone feels the same but I'm thrilled with the Broncos offensive line ...

I personally love the OL. Everyone wants now, now, now!!! But with the OL, u can keep changing pieces. They have to grow together. It's a young unit. Some may not like Walton, but he improved a ton from 2010 to 2011. I do like the drafting of Blake though. But overall this has the makings of a monster unit. Even having Harris on the bench is huge plus. He and Clady were awesome bookends b4 his string of injuries. But when healthy, he's one of the best OL'men in the NFL.