Students take lead of former Broncos star, volunteer to read to grade-schoolers

David Bruton Jr., a towering figure in almost any room, looks especially imposing when he walks into the lobby of Denver Public Schools’ Greenlee Elementary School. But there’s something so good-natured about him – likely the ever-present smile – that a grade-schooler strides up, cranes his neck and looks skyward.

“Are you a Denver Broncos player?” the boy asks. Bruton, now a CU Denver student working toward a second career as a physical therapist, smiles and says, “I used to be, but now I’m retired. I’m old.” The boy flashes a wry smile and walks off.

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