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Broncos summary: The large audience in the preseason made President/CEO Joe Ellis excited about the Week 3 home opener

The enthusiasm brought by the fans during the Broncos’ preseason home win over the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday was not lost on President and CEO Joe Ellis, which allowed him to play against the New York Jets on September 26. The home opener of the regular season is ready.

“I think we all had a great time,” Ellis said at an event held at Empower Field in Mile High on Wednesday night, before he won the Mizell Institute’s 2021 Community Enrichment Award. “It’s great to get people back here (in the stadium). Some of them may have been here last year, but most of the time, they (come back) gather here (for the first time).”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, no fans were present in the four home games, and the number of the other four games did not exceed 5,351. This year the NFL stadium has been allowed to resume full capacity.

Ellis said: “I think people will be excited when we play against the Jets in the home opener.” “It’s really exciting, and it’s fun to get them back. It’s a pre-season. Games, but they had a lot of fun, they enjoyed being with a large number of people in a sense of community. To me, this is what Broncos Country is all about: when things go well, the fans gather together for Their team cheer, and when things are bad, let us know.”

Since winning the Super Bowl at the end of the 2015 season, things have not gone well for the Broncos. The current five-year playoff drought is the second longest in team history. Their four consecutive losses are the second longest after the terrible 1963-72 season.

“As an organization, our excellent work (in the community) is recognized, but we are in the football business,” Ellis said. “If we don’t win, the fans will feel frustrated. I respect this, we have not won recently. I am looking forward to this year. I hope things will get better, but we have to judge it one game at a time. See where we are. I want a good season. I know everyone in this stadium will come to the third game. They want a good season.

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“They are tired of bad seasons, and so am I.”

Ellis and the Broncos, along with the late owner Pat Bowen (2013) and former quarterback/current president of football operations John Elway (’17), became the winners of the Mitzel Institute.

Elway and Peyton Manning gave speeches acknowledging Ellis. Also present at the meeting were Governor Jared Polis, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Sens. Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper.

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“I am honored, flattered, and humble,” Ellis said before the speech. “I think it’s more about the Broncos than me. I made sure to talk to (Mizer Institute Chairman/CEO) Larry (Mizer). This will be the focus. All the work done in the community and the dedication of many people in the company are very proud. They put the company first and they take their work very seriously.”

Broncos summary: The large audience in the preseason made President/CEO Joe Ellis excited about the Week 3 home opener
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