The 2015 AFC Rookie Symposium came to a close this week in Canton, Ohio at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Drafted players from the 16 AFC teams attended the event, including the rookies from the Denver Broncos.
The rookies spent about two hours touring the hallowed halls, where they were able to see the four enshrined Broncos players, the team's back-to-back Super Bowl rings and a piece of history from the current face of the franchise—Peyton Manning.
The HOF features a display for "509", which is Manning's record-breaking touchdown from this past season where he surpassed Brett Favre on the all-time list, as well as Manning's jersey from his NFL-record fifth MVP season (via the Broncos).
"It just makes it all surreal, kind of appreciate having him [Manning] there with the team and having him there to look up to and to learn the game from," said center Max Garcia via the team.
Rookie defensive lineman Darius Kilgo took in what it meant to be a part of the Broncos organization, saying, "Guys that are in the organization have been known as the greatest players to play in the league is definitely motivation and makes you proud of the organization."
"It's a great experience, so many legends that have played in the NFL and being here and being able to see all the great players that have been in this league and how they've produced and all those things," Kilgo continued.
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Quarterback Trevor Siemian was happy to learn more about the game saying, "It's cool. I feel like I have a little bit of knowledge of the history of the game, but definitely to come in here and learn a little bit more about it, it's cool."
The meaning of the Hall of Fame was not lost on the rookies, as it was revealed that there are more undrafted free agents in the Hall than No. 1 draft picks. Maybe one day members of the 2015 draft class will have their legacies enshrined in Canton.