Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Broncos hope to help community heal
By Bill Williamson
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - John Fox knows first-hand how an NFL team can help a community heal after a tragedy.
Sadly, Fox is facing this type of situation for a second time.
Several Broncos players have visited victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting that shocked this area -- and the nation -- early last Friday. The Broncos’ practice facility is a short drive from the Aurora scene.
Fox -- who was an assistant with the New York Giants at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- said the Broncos will try to help the community heal and he will talk to his team about it.
“We’re going to do our absolute best,” Fox said. “We understand the responsibility that comes with being in the Bronco organization. This region, city and state have great passion for the team, no doubt. I think our players will feel that responsibility and that’s something we will most definitely talk about in our upcoming team meeting. You know, I was in New York when 9/11 occurred, and a lot of the victims really looked to us, as will the victims in Denver, for some uplifting times.”
Several Denver players have been affected by visiting with the victims, including new tight end Jacob Tamme.
“Really powerful stuff,” Tamme said. “It’s just really inspiring to see the way people were healing. Everyone is kind of in their own place with that process. It was such a tragic event, but it was a lot of fun to go out and at least get to put a smile on some faces. Some of the folks we met, it was incredible to hear their stories and how they were handling things was really impressive.”