DENVER (CBS4) – As the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos were being honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday, the rookies who didn’t make the trip were busy out in the community.
Rookie safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks were the special guests on Xfinity Monday Live. They told CBS4’s Mark Haas they enjoyed a day of service in Denver while most of their new teammates were in the nation’s capital.
Simmons and Parks spent Monday visiting hospitals, food banks, a Boys and Girls Club, and The Crossing run by the Denver Rescue Mission.
“The best part of the day was just seeing all those kids smile once you walk through the door. A lot of kids don’t have enough blessings, but those kids stick through it,” Parks said. “They fight every day, they make do with what they can each and every day. Just playing with the kids, we were excited. It made our day. It was the best part about being out here in Denver so far — seeing those kids and seeing the smiles on their faces.”
Even though Simmons and Parks are new to the team and maybe not household names yet, Broncos fans still love meeting any player.
“We went to the hospital over at UCHealth and we walked into a few burn patients’ rooms, and as soon as we walked in it was like we won the Super Bowl last year. That’s how excited they were to see us and just the whole conversations,” Simmons said. “Some of it wasn’t even about football — just about life and how awesome they thought it was that we’re part of the team now. It was great … some of the best parts was just hanging out with the kids.”
From Day 1 Simmons and Parks said the Broncos organization felt special and the team’s presence in the community makes it even more special.
“As soon as we walked in we knew it was something special, we knew we were part of something much bigger than ourselves,” Parks said.
Watch more videos of Justin Simmons and Will Parks from their appearance on Xfinity Monday Live below: