Record turnout for Manning camp debut

July, 26, 2012
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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 over 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 re-committing to the team in June, Sealver Siliga worked with the first team.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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