NFL's Denver Broncos catch Raw
DENVER -- The stars of the NFL's Denver Broncos and their sons recently capped off a pre-Father's Day outing at the Pepsi Center with Monday Night Raw live. Before witnessing the action, they were all treated to a surprise visit from John Cena in the locker room area.
"My son is a die-hard fan, so I had to bring him. [Keevan] watches it everyday. He even records it," said four-time NFL All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey. "He's excited to be here to meet John Cena. Keevan's one of his biggest fans. Cena's one of my favorites as well."
Bailey, who attended his first WWE event the last time Raw was in Denver five years ago, was accompanied this time by his brother, Broncos linebacker Boss Bailey and his two sons Khalil and Kadin. Dre Bly, a two-time NFL Pro Bowl cornerback, attended his first WWE event with his sons Trey, Jordan and A.J. For Bly, seeing Raw live gave him an opportunity to relive part of his youth.
"I'm so glad to have been able to be here. I grew up watching WWE," Bly recalled. "My favorite wrestlers were Dusty Rhodes, the Four Horsemen and The Rock ‘n' Roll Express. As a kid, I would always try to imitate them. To have the chance to bring my kids out here and have us experience our first show together was a moment that we'll never forget."
St. Louis Rams All-Pro wide receiver Torry Holt, who was in Denver with Bly, his long-time friend, jumped at the opportunity to see Raw live.
"I enjoy coming to WWE shows because of the fireworks," said Holt, who is a huge fan of Undertaker, Cena and Batista. "The impromptu ability that the Superstars have is second to none."
Holt mentioned that he sees many similarities between the Superstars of WWE and football players.
"John Cena could cross over to the NFL with his quickness and his speed. Undertaker is probably the most athletic big man I've ever seen. With his agility, he would be a great defensive end," Holt explained.
During the show, our cameras spotlighted the Broncos players for the live audience in Denver and for our fans watching Raw on USA Network. In the end, the players left the Pepsi Center blown away by their WWE experience.
"This is definitely high energy entertainment. [WWE Superstars] get these kids pumped up more than what we do in the football games," Broncos team captain Bailey said.
"It's always good to see a football player show up, but when they all come out as a team and they bring all the little ones, it makes it more enjoyable," said Cena. "I dig when players' kids are excited at our shows. They're the same kids who go to the NFL games and they're in the midst of some decent showmanship. For them to come and get excited for what we do restates that WWE Superstars and NFL athletes are on the same level."