Instead of practicing at UCHealth Training Center in Englewood Colorado, the Denver Broncos will be heading to Stanford University at Palo Alto this week to put in their final practices leading up to Super Bowl 50.
Broncos will be practicing this week at Stanford, on the same field that Denver GM John Elway practiced on in college.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 31, 2016
I'm sure Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway had a little say in this destination this weekend.
As we all know, Stanford University is John Elway's alma mater. Elway played four seasons at Stanford and totaled 9,349 yards, 77 touchdowns, and 39 interceptions during his time there. He was also named Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1980 and 1982, and received the Sammy Baugh Trophy in 1982 which goes to the top passer in college football that year. Elway was also inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame in 2000.
This past December, John Elway was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Century as well as being named to the All-Century team.
So John Elway and the Denver Broncos will be welcomed with open arms this week at Stanford. Elway knows the lay of the land there so that could prove beneficial this week as the Broncos prepare for Super Bowl 50.
Elliot Field, Stanford’s football practice field, has been reseeded with rye grass and has been newly lined. Stanford's practice complex has three practice fields, including an artificial-turf surface field.
The Broncos decided to practice on a grass field this week because that's the surface they will be playing on at Levi's Stadium during Super Bowl 50. It is expected that the Broncos will be practicing at Stanford's practice field, as well as Stanford stadium. Both the practice field and the stadium have grass fields, so the Broncos should be prepared to play on Levi Stadium's playing surface.
Let's hope the Broncos can put in a solid week of practice this week and not get distracted by all the outside noise that comes with Super Bowl week. I believe this team is much more prepared for this week's Super Bowl experience than it was back in 2014.