Nuggets take note of frenzy surrounding Denver Broncos

Denver players can draw inspiration from NFL team's success
by Aaron Lopez

As a lifelong Oakland Raiders fan, Nuggets coach Brian Shaw has adapted to living in enemy territory.

It’s impossible for him not to notice the “Go Broncos” signs around the city, along with the orange and blue banners hanging from car windows as he drives to Pepsi Center.

Truth be told, Shaw is fine with the ever-growing frenzy surrounding the Denver Broncos as they prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

“Any time you have a team that’s having the success that they have, it energizes the city and pulls everybody together to root for one common goal,” Shaw said Tuesday. “It’s great for the city and it’s great for our team to see one of the other pro teams in town do well and set the standard for what you want to be.”

Several Broncos players have attended Nuggets games at Pepsi Center this season, including wide receivers Demaryius Thomas and Wes Welker, defensive tackles Terrance Knighton and Sylvester Williams, defensive end Shaun Phillips and linebacker Wesley Woodyard.

In addition, Nuggets guard Randy Foye is a New Jersey native who makes his offseason home in Middletown, N.J., where Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno went to high school.

“He’s a jersey guy, so I’m always rooting for him,” Foye said. “I want to see him rush for 100-plus (yards).”

Foye said Denver’s support for the Broncos was evident from the day he reported for training camp in September. He hopes the Nuggets can inspire similar enthusiasm in the weeks and months ahead.

“Just seeing everything blue and orange and seeing the fans embrace those guys, that’s cool,” he said. “That’s why I’m out here every day just working as hard as I can so we can bring that same type of atmosphere to the basketball court.”