Broncos fans tailgate for the first time since losing a friend to cancer

DENVER (KDVR) – Orange and blue through and through, as soon as the gate is unlocked the morning after game day after an impromptu Broncos parade, fans bet their trunks.

They bring flags, games and the occasional shot ski.

“You just start making friendships through food and drink,” Ron Martinez said.

Some friendships are forever all thanks to football.

“Take every day you know as if it’s your last and being here is so special and we’re very lucky and lucky that we get out and do this,” Kevin Hoag said.

This time, tailgating for the home team is different for Hoag. His friend Luke Hardy will not join them. Hardy was 44 when he died of colon cancer in May five weeks after being diagnosed.

“We had been backward for more than 12 years, 13 years,” Hoag said. “So there are a lot of emotions from the first match left and he will not be at the tailgate and it’s just hard.”

Kevin, Ron and others will keep their favorite fan in their hearts.

“He may not be here physically. but he is here, ”Hoag said, pointing to his heart.

“Luke is a wonderful person. We miss him, ”Martinez added.

The Broncos Country now has an angel watching over Mile High.

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