Beyond the Football Field, Into The Chicken Coop
I was born the daughter of a Colorado native and the granddaughter of a die-hard Denver Broncos fan. Our family doesn’t just like the Broncos; we love them. As the football seasons have passed by one by one, I became more and more interested in the sport and the team that has brought our family together every Sunday for as long as I can remember.
One player that has always stood out to me is number 58, Von Miller. For those of you who don’t know, Von Miller has played outside linebacker for the Broncos since 2011. He has helped take the Broncos to two super bowls in 2013 and 2015, and even led the Broncos to a super bowl win in 2015, which led him to be named MVP for super bowl 50. In 2015 the Bronco’s defense was one of the best defenses ever seen in the NFL. He was born and raised in Texas as a typical cowboy. When he wasn’t wearing his football helmet you could find him wearing his trusty cowboy hat.
He is an amazing and well respected player but does so much more than block a quarterback once or twice a week. He studied at Texas A&M University from 2007 to 2010. When he wanted to take an easy class, he decided to take a poultry course. He admits to not paying attention the first half of the semester, but his professor made him pay attention and enjoy the class. He enrolled in another class, and another, and he quickly changed his major to poultry science and graduated in 2010.
He started his flock his sophomore year and it grew from there. He says that the chickens are like pets and he would never consider eating them. He is up to around 40 chickens now, with all of them being named after current or former teammates. The rooster is Peyton, of course after his longtime teammate and friend, Peyton Manning. The farm has become a family business, with his mom being the mastermind behind the eggs. He keeps his business lowkey, selling the eggs to local people in his community. He even admits to trying Rocky’s training approach and chasing the chickens. He hopes to grow the business in the future but for now he is as happy as can be with the chickens in his own words are, “Dope.”
Cover photo courtesy of the National Football League (NFL)