Record turnout for Manning camp debut
July, 26, 2012
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It appears Denver Broncos fans are over the loss of Tim Tebow.
Manning-mania is bubbling over in the Rockies.
The Denver Broncos opened training camp Thursday morning to a fan reception never seen before in these parts. An estimated 4,000-plus attended the opening day of practice to welcome Peyton Manning to Denver in his first public appearance in a Broncos helmet. The word is that late-arriving fans were having a difficult time getting into the practice.
The main parking lot adjacent to the practice field was full well before practice begin and people were forced to park a mile away from the facility.
The previous record for training camp at the team’s facility was just more than 3,000. Yes, even Tebow-mania couldn’t attract this type of crowd.
Manning received a huge reception when he hit the practice field, and his every completion spurred wild applause. Several fans were wearing Manning Denver jerseys; some were wearing Manning Indianapolis jerseys.
Meanwhile, in other Denver camp news, second-year safety Rahim Moore opened with the first-team defense. He will compete with fellow second-team safety Quinton Carter. Also, veteran defensive tackle Ty Warren was working with the first-team defense. Prior to Warren recommitting to the team in June, Sealver Siliga worked with the first team.