Denver Broncos celebrated their Super Bowl victory among a sea of orange-clad fans in a spectacular parade Tuesday.
According to the Denver Post, more than one million fans poured into the Civic Center and lined a downtown Denver parade route to celebrate the team’s first Super Bowl victory since Super Bowl XXXIII in January, 1999.
“By the time the parade launched around noon from Union Station, fans had packed themselves dozens deep along 17th Street, where a procession of 22 firetrucks, five flatbeds and a variety of other vehicles rolled to Broadway, where it turned toward Civic Center to join a massive rally,” wrote the Denver Post.
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, was unable to attend the historic celebration. In his stead, wife Annabel hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and shared the moving stage with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Peyton Manning and the rest of the Broncos squad.
The vehicles were also packed with coaches, players’ family members and Denver’s local VIPs and celebrities as thousands of fans walked side-by-side with them. “How sweet it is. The Lombardi Trophy is back in the Mile High City,” an elated Michael Hancock, the Mayor of Denver, said.
Pat Bowlen Day
Later, in a rare joint city-state resolution, Gov. John Hickenlooper declared February 9, 2016, as Pat Bowlen Day to honor the Broncos owner’s crowning achievement. This was the team’s third championship under the ownership of Bowlen.
Gary Kubiak, the Broncos coach, said that his team’s victory exuded an attitude that transcended individual achievements. “It took everybody on this stage. Everybody on our football team contributed to the cause, Nobody in the NFL played harder than the Denver Broncos, and I’m proud of them,” said Kubiak, who was also part of Broncos’ championship winning teams in the late 1990s.
Denver Broncos will enter the off-season with a major chip on their shoulder. According to oddsmakers, the New England Patriots are already marked as favorites to win the next Super Bowl. Also, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers aren’t going away anytime soon.