The kick-off to the 2011 NFL season is still a few months away but football fever is running a mile high in Grand Junction. The Broncos Country Caravan is making its way through Western Colorado with a stop in Grand Junction. Bronco’s cheerleaders, Miles the Mascot and Broncos alumni will be making an appearance at U.S. Bank at 422 White Avenue from 2:30 – 3:30 pm. Tonight at Stocker stadium the public is invited to attend a city-wide celebration from 5-7 pm.
The Broncos Country Caravan stopped by the 11 News studios Wednesday morning to visit with the 11 News Live Today team. Miles the Mascot decided to make his visit inter-active helping forecast the weather with Lauren Whitney.
Former Bronco defensive end Ebenezar Ekuban discussed the purpose of the caravan with Bernie Lange. Ekuban said he’s excited to be involved with the statewide tour hoping Bronco fans all across the state feel involved with the organization, not just fans along the Front Range.
With the NFL lockout going on 101 days, some fans are wondering if there will even be a season. “I feel strongly that the dispute will be resolved in a few weeks,” said Ekuban who has not played since retiring after the 2008 season. Ekuban is still close to many of the players who may have some knowledge of the labor situation.
Asked what his thoughts were on a brewing quarterback controversy, Ekuban suggested the Broncos give Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Brady Quinn a shot behind center. However, the visit to Grand Junction has more to do with getting the fans involved with the team and thanking the fans for support, than the team’s on-field activities.
Players, mascots and Cheerleaders aren’t the only one’s making a public appearance. The Broncos two Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies will be displayed as well.