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It was only right that on the day of their Super Bowl celebration parade, the Broncos' defense entered first.

Chants of "MVP" rang throughout the rally at Civic Center in downtown Denver for outside linebacker Von Miller, who swayed and danced, wearing a wide-mouthed smile.

He walked to the stage wearing a cowboy hat, then took a few moments to let the scene sink in.

Only 40 hours earlier, he was topping off one of the greatest defensive performances in Super Bowl history. Now, he was celebrating it with the Broncos' faithful.

"Back to back, right?" Miller said. His biggest cheer came when he shouted out his mentor, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

Miller simulated Ware's hulk slam celebration before reminiscing on Sunday's Super Bowl victory.

"We were so sure of our game plan. We were so sure of ourselves. We came into the game with confidence and energy, and took over the game," Miller said.

Defensive end Derek Wolfe was the first player to lift up the Lombardi trophy in front of the crowd the mayor's office said was more than a million fans. Other players took selfies and signed autographs. Linebackers Todd Davis and Shane Ray showed off celebratory dabs. Quarterback Peyton Manning, cornerback Chris Harris and linebacker Danny Trevathan were among those to share the moment with their young children.


"It was wild. It was amazing," linebacker Brandon Marshall said before heading onto the awaiting buses after the rally. "World champs, man."

Manning, dressed in an orange sweater with a winter vest, was one of the last players to enter the rally stage. He shared handshakes and hugs with several Broncos' players and coaches before sinking on the right side of the stage a few lines back from the front.

It was apparent he wanted to limit the attention shined on him. The defense led the Broncos to a championship so it was imperative they got most of the recognition.

"I can tell everyone out there that no one played harder in the National Football League than the Denver Broncos," Kubiak said. "I'm so proud of them."

Mosley Manning stole her dad's spotlight when she sat at the front of the first fire truck in the parade sandwiched between Miller and Annabel Bowlen, the wife of the Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen. Mosley, 4, perfected the presidential wave and smiled as the Broncos' Super Bowl MVP rapidly flew the team flag.

When Denver mayor Michael Hancock and Colorado governor John Hickenlooper decreed February 9, 2016 as Pat Bowlen Day, the crowd erupted with chants of "Pat, Pat, Pat."

"The most satisfying thing about winning as a player and winning it in the front office is being able to bring back that Lombardi trophy to everybody down here," general manager John Elway said.

After it all ceremony concluded, the Broncos headed into the offseason with the warm memory the day.

"The parade was crazy," safety Darian Stewart said. "I enjoyed it man. These Broncos fans are amazing."

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stands with DeMarcus Ware on stage as they look out over the crowd during the teams celebration. The Denver Broncos celebrated their Super Bowl victory with a a parade and celebration Feb. 9, 2016 at the City & County Building. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)

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