ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos have taken the Mannequin Challenge, a social media staple these days believed to have been started in October by Florida high school students.
The team discovered that getting a large group of young, competitive, Type A personalities to follow directions can be, well, challenging.
"There's no way you can organize 53 guys," said linebacker Von Miller, who was behind the group's effort. "... Unfortunately we were late, a week and a half late. It still turned out great."
The challenge, which features groups of people in a variety of activities in a snapshot pose for an extended period as a video is taken, was something Miller wanted to try. Most of the players on the current roster are featured in the video, which was shot in the team's locker room.
Miller was behind the camera. Cornerback Aqib Talib appears to be shooting a basketball that was captured midair in the video -- Miller called it "movie magic."
"He even had me come in from that angle," Miller said.
"It was about five takes," Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "One time Shane [Ray] moved, one time the equipment guy came through, one time a guy comes in and [says] 'What are you guys doing?' Are you kidding me?"
Asked if trying to organize the video gave him a new appreciation for what the team's coaches go through each week, Miller added: "I said that from the get-go. They ask me 'Von do you ever see yourself coaching?' I'm like, you know what? I have a newfound appreciation for all of our coaches because it's hard to get 27-year-olds and 25-year-olds to just listen. Listen to what we're talking about this is important ... Some guys it's just hard."