ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- There is often no shortage of drama around the Denver Broncos and they have certainly had their share of those in their employ find some trouble along the way, whether it be an arrest here, a suspension there.
But they have also had several players step out and remember, as linebacker Danny Trevathan said this past week, "little kids watching you, be great, work hard, be accountable for yourself."
Quarterback Peyton Manning, through donations to his foundation, recently handed out $1 million worth of grants to nonprofit groups in Colorado, Tennessee, Indiana and Louisiana. Trevathan was lauded on Twitter for the time he spent with some local children. Safety Quinton Carter started his own foundation to put on football camps for at-risk youth while he was still a student at the University of Oklahoma and he routinely is the subject of an email sent by those whose lives he has touched along the way.
Champ Kelly, the Broncos’ assistant director of pro personnel, will hold a free football camp for youth in Denver this weekend. Kelly said it’s about football and “teaching some life skills,’’ and “we won’t turn anyone away.’’ Guard Ben Garland, an Air Force Academy graduate who has spent the past two years on the Broncos’ practice squad, organized a fundraiser to help those affected by human trafficking.
And then there’s safety Rahim Moore. Thursday, Moore spent time with a family of a man who had suffered compartment syndrome – excessive swelling in muscles that restricts blood flow – a condition that caused Moore to nearly have his left leg amputated last season.
The man’s family had contacted the Broncos with the hope of getting additional information about the treatment of the injury, but after media relations director Patrick Smyth texted Moore about simply talking to the family, Moore went to visit the family, arriving at the hospital shortly after 10 p.m. that night.
"I think we have guys who do things," Trevathan said. "It’s all part of it."