Denver fan thanks Broncos for giving her strength in cancer fight

There are times when a football team is more than either a pleasant diversion or a collection of overpaid societal misfits. Sometimes, for some, a football team rises above all that, and becomes an inspiration.

Kara Christian is a 58-year-old Broncos fan who's followed the team since she was five years old. She dons an orange wig and goes to games at Mile High Stadium as "The Bronco Lady." She's also stricken with breast cancer, and the prognosis is terminal.

Christian attended the AFC Championship as a guest of the Broncos, receiving both a field pass and a football signed by the team. She's also won two Super Bowl tickets through the team's season ticketholder lottery, and will be attending the game.

In gratitude, as AdWeek notes, she took out the above half-page ad in the Denver Post. "You shall never know how much your kindness and support has meant to me throughout my illness," the ad reads. "An autographed football has made the darkest of days shine brightly with an orange glow. A hug has given me the strength to remain Bronco tough. A field pass has given me encouragement to make it through another day. A phone call has meant the orange and blue world to me ... I was born a Bronco, I bleed orange and I will proudly die a Bronco."

Yeah, suddenly griping about Richard Sherman seems kind of pointless, doesn't it?

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