Denver safety Justin Simmons doesn’t really know what it’s like to move to the NFL — his only professional team has been the Broncos. But Simmons comes from a military family, so he knows what it was like to move around before reaching the NFL.
Now, Simmons has several new teammates who signed with the Broncos in the 2022 offseason. Last week, Simmons and free agent signee DJ Jones teamed up with USAA to show off some of the best sites Denver has to offer.
“We went to see many of the best sites around Denver; venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater, Stadium (Empower Field at Mile High), went to Larimer Square, Union Station, so we saw a bunch of different locations,” Simmons said in an interview with Broncos Wire. “The idea is that DJ is moving to a new city, he’s in a new house with a new team, a new environment in general. Moving can be difficult; I know this personally. I have moved around a lot in my life and moving can be difficult. USAA had a bunch of great moving tips…I found them very helpful.
Since Denver is a huge military hub (home to several Air Force bases and one Army base), the USAA partnership was important to Simmons personally.
“USAA being the Official NFL Salute to Service Partner is a great thing for me. My dad served in the Air Force and my uncle served in the military and earned a Purple Heart,” Simmons said. for me, it was a no-brainer when I was asked to partner up and tour with DJ Jones.”
Surprisingly, Simmons’ favorite place in Denver was not one of the places they went. “Honestly, my favorite place is the Denver Aquarium,” Simmons said. “I’ve been with my daughter a few times, she’s four now, and it’s like we’re at Disney every time we go.”
Simmons has taken on a leadership role in the Broncos’ locker room, and he’s helping ease players like Jones’ adjustment to life in a new NFL city. Last week’s tour with Jones was a sponsored event, but it’s clear that Simmons has become a key leader and face of the franchise in Denver.
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