ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)– Service men and women hit the field on Thursday for a boot camp made for pro-football players.

Fifty members from various branches of the military were chosen for what USAA and the Denver Broncos call the NFL Boot Camp.

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There were five drills in all, including a drill called the gauntlet. All the drills are similar to those used by scouts to evaluate potential NFL talent.

The drills, including tackling, are one of the many ways the Broncos show appreciation for the military.

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While some participants were a little out of breath when they completed the drills, they were grateful for the opportunity to participate in the boot camp.

“The Broncos have the Mile High Salute, they really care a lot about the troops and the soldiers and supporting us. They’ve opened up their facility and let us come out and be here and it’s really good,” said Army National Guard Lt. Joshua Gross.

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“They work really closely with us, they’ve supported us. Actually when I was deployed to Afghanistan, Peyton Manning came to visit and we tossed the footballs around,” said Air Force A1 Superintendent Heather Blanchard.

Not only do the troops get to workout like the Broncos, they also watched the team practice.

Rhonda Kubiak also donated Broncos game tickets to all of the participants in the NFL Boot Camp.


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