ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Sporting a bright orange cast with a blue wrap underneath, 10-year-old Grant Thornham, a self-professed "huge'' Denver Broncos fan, had a rather interesting take Sunday morning on his recently-fractured right wrist.
“Well, I’m glad I broke my arm this way,’’ Thornham said. "I'm still going to say it was pretty cool because of where it happened.''
Friday, Thornham was in the crowd on the hillside where fans sit during Broncos’ training camp practices. During the workout, he and some friends tried to position themselves to catch the football as kicker Brandon McManus attempted field goals.
On one of the kicks, Thorham stuck up his right arm and the kicking ball struck him hard in the wrist. Later that day, Thornham said, his wrist continued to hurt and a trip to the doctor revealed the fracture.
"I didn’t really know how the hard the ball was going to hit my arm," Thornham said. " ... (McManus) kicks really hard."
But all was well Sunday morning when Thornham, wearing a horse-head hat that many fans wear to Broncos games as he stood next to the practice fields, met McManus, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and coach Gary Kubiak.
Kubiak told the youngster “you’ll bounce back’’ and after Thornham tried to say the injury was his own fault, McManus quickly told him “I think it was my fault, you can blame me.’’
McManus and Kubiak both signed a football for Thornham and Kubiak invited the 10-year-old back for a future practice.