A screenshot of the autograph Montee Ball digitally signed for fans.
KUSA- Broncos rookie Montee Ball said, in response to a fans question, that community outreach, giving back in various ways off the field, is one of the biggest differences between playing college football and being in the National Football League. He answered other questions pertaining to his upcoming rookie season and also signed a few autographs.
The only catch was that Ball's initial interaction, one of what will likely be many occurrences, came with the second round pick in front of a computer screen. The NFL Players Association hosted a Google+ hangout with a few draftees.
The running back signed his Score rookie card on a tablet that fans, the three participants that had won a contest that got them into this hangout, could download the signature and could keep it digitally. Ball replied to questions too, and his mind was clearly focused on football.
"I feel like I'm ready. The thing with the Broncos playbook is all about knowing the code words with Peyton [Manning], because we all know what he is capable of doing pre-snap," said Ball in the forum that is quickly connecting fans to the athletes they root for. "That's one thing that I'm attacking is the playbook. Other than that I'm going to do the same thing I did in college [at the University of Wisconsin], obviously build on it, and take off from there."
Ball gets the chance to practice alongside all of his Broncos teammates, including the aforementioned Manning, for the first time Monday when organized team activities begin at Dove Valley.
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