By Brian Madden, CBS4 Sports
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4) – These are the dog days of Summer. This is the time of the year in the sports world where a player-sponsored football camp or golf outing is as common as 90-degree weather. It’s an opportunity to reconnect with athletes during their sport’s respective hiatus.READ MORE: 50% Of Coloradans Fully Vaccinated Against COVID, Hospitalizations Reach Lowest Level Since October
Tuesday was no different. Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders filled the void. He completed his two-day camp at Englewood High School.
“Every athlete should always give back. When you do give back, give back to children,” Sanders said. “Give them knowledge. Give them motivation. Give them a sense of direction. That’s huge. So that’s what we’re out here doing today.”
Sanders’ summer is nearing the finish line. Broncos training camp commences at the end of the month and it comes with eager anticipation.
“I’m ready to get back to routine stuff. Waking up in the morning, chasing a common goal with my teammates, just trying to win a Super Bowl again,” he said.
The Emmanuel Sanders Football Procamp allowed Sanders to connect with today’s youth and express a motivational message to inspire kids to achieve their goals. It also gave the World Champion receiver the chance to express his feelings on his contract situation. He said it’s not a burden on him.READ MORE: Audit Finds Colorado Program To Flag Opioid Abuse Is Failing, Dozens of Doctors Running 'Pill Mills'
“I’m not really too concerned about it. At the end of the day I’ve expressed myself enough that I want to be a Denver Bronco.”
Sanders is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next season. He is in line to receive a nice raise from his current $5.6 million base salary, and would like to remain in a Broncos uniform.
Closure for a new deal will satisfy that desire. Sanders is hopeful a new pact will come true.
“If I get a contract, I get a contract, but if I don’t, you know it’s sad, but you know I’ll have to part ways.”
As an NFL veteran Sanders understands that professional football is a business.MORE NEWS: Sylvan Fire Grows To 3,300+ Acres In White River National Forest, With No Containment
“Everybody wants to get paid (what) they feel like they put in, and what they put out. Hopefully we work out something in the next 30 days.”