ENGLEWOOD—For the first in Denver Broncos’ history, the father of the head coach has a sausage concession stand behind the stadium’s south stands scoreboard.
Tony DeCamillis, father of Joe DeCamillis, spends Broncos’ game days running Uncle Angelo’s Italian Specialties, where the specialty is sausages.
“Please don’t encourage him in any way,’’ Sharon DeCamillis, Joe’s mom and Tony’s wife, said half-jokingly about her husband. “I’m sure Joe would say that, too.’’
Tony and Sharon raised four sons in Arvada. All got college diplomas. Pat is now head wrestling coach and freshmen football coach at Broomfield High School. Peter is a Jefferson County child advocate attorney. Chris is a Broadway stage manager in New York who is currently working with actor Liev Schreiber on the French play, Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
And Joe is the Broncos’ head coach, if only on an interim basis for one week.
Gary Kubiak is expected back to work Monday after doctors told the Broncos’ full-time head coach he needed to take this week off to treat his complex migraine. Broncos general manager John Elway promoted DeCamillis from his usual special teams coordinator position to lead the Broncos into their first AFC West Division game of the season Thursday night at San Diego.
“I’m happy for him, but I’m just worried … but he’ll do fine,’’ Sharon said.
She’s a mom. Moms worry.
“I think it’s great,’’ Tony said. “I think he’ll do an excellent job. I have to keep myself in control so I don’t bother him.’’
Funny coincidence. Sharon has family in California and long before DeCamillis got the interim gig, arrangements were made for them to attend the Broncos-Chargers’ game on Thursday night.
“I texted him (Monday) morning – I didn’t know anything about this, but he told me to text him and remind me about tickets,’’ Tony said. “So I texted him and said I need eight tickets. He said, ‘OK.’ And then I didn’t hear anything about it until one of my sons (Pat) called me up and said, “Hey, guess who’s the interim head coach?’’
Good thing it’s a road game. Tony would have been too busy working to catch much of his son’s head coaching debut if it was played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Tony and Sharon DeCamillis still live in Arvada although not in the home they raised their sons in.
“It’s a good opportunity and he’ll do an excellent job because all the players respect him,’’ Tony said. “And that’s what he brings to the table. Both my sons who are coaches relate very well to teaching.’’