|05-30-2007, 03:28 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2006
How nice of the Broncos to help out a Fan
Ben Montoya Jr. felt as if he were floating a mile high when his "care package" arrived from the Denver Broncos organization.
Someone had e-mailed a Des Moines Register article to the Broncos about how vandals broke into Montoya's Des Moines apartment on East 24th Street and spray-painted his walls, took some of his stuff, knocked over his big-screen television set and destroyed most of his Broncos football memorabilia.
"We read it and decided to put together a care package for him," said J. Michael Moore, a Broncos spokesman. "We sent him some autographed items and put together all kinds of stuff. He was grateful. I think he said it's the closest he ever felt to the organization."
It was a dark day on March 20 when Montoya found his apartment torn up and some computer equipment and DVDs stolen. He was especially upset about losing his Broncos memorabilia. It seemed as if someone had gone out of his way to trash Montoya's favorite team.
When Montoya's package arrived from Denver, the 22-year-old discount store employee opened it up and found an autographed picture of his hero, linebacker Al Wilson. The Broncos officially released Wilson recently, ending a Broncos career of eight seasons, five of which included Pro Bowl appearances.
"Al Wilson is a great player," said Montoya said as he pulled the Wilson photo out of a stack of Broncos promotional items.
"At first they sent me a magazine and a bumper sticker," Montoya. "Then they called me and they said they were sending me a care package. But I still didn't expect all this stuff."
He has cheerleader calendars, a team picture, a football, and a shirt with the Broncos logo - to match the Broncos tattoo on his arm.
"I even got finger foam," he said, holding up an orange "number one" hand. "I've even got Broncos golf balls, a Broncos winter hat...."
The burglary in March still stings, and Montoya said the crime remains unsolved. But he said his package from Denver helped ease the pain - a lot.
Montoya's father takes credit for his son's devotion to the Broncos. "I'm from Colorado," Ben Montoya Sr. said.
And now, Ben Montoya III, 18 months, is running around the house in a Broncos shirt.
|05-30-2007, 03:32 AM||#2|
off season mode
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Pretty cool, I doubt it went to high up in the franchise though, most of what he described is in bargin bins at the team store. But I'm glad someone in the marketing dept. has got some compassion for the folks that keep the lights on and their checks coming in.
|05-30-2007, 12:38 PM||#6|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Topeka, KS
|05-31-2007, 11:52 AM||#11|
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: 'I guess he'd rather be in Colorado'