A Broncos superfan was just nominated for a chance to win arguably the biggest award for fans in professional football.

Meet Jesse Esquibel - better known in Broncos Country as the "Bronco Reaper".

Esquibel was just nominated by Broncos legend, Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Atwater to the Ford Hall of Fans.

What Is The Hall Of Fans?

The Ford Hall of Fans - presented by Ford - recognizes the biggest fans in the league, highlighting their dedication and loyalty to their respective team, passion, and overall character.

As another NFL season comes to a close, it's time to welcome a new group of superfans to the highly coveted, prestigious group; 2022 marks the fourth season recognizing some of the most electrifying, dedicated NFL enthusiasts in the nation.

2022 Ford Hall Of Fans Nominees

There are five superfans in the running for induction into the 2022 Ford Hall of Fans at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The nominees include:

  • Michael Banks - Detroit Lions superfan
  • Miguel Castellanos - Dallas Cowboys superfan
  • Amy Nolan - New York Giants superfan
  • Terence Young - Chicago Bears superfan

and of course, Jesse Esquibel, Denver Broncos superfan.

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There's no doubting Esquibel's status as a Broncos superfan, but there is much more to his story:

"This third-generation Broncos fan is affectionately known as “Bronco Reaper,” coming to life with full makeup and costume and walking as many as 15,000 steps throughout the stadium taking pictures with his fellow faithful", Esquibel's nomination reads.

"Esquibel is the survivor of life-threatening complications from West Nile encephalitis and shares his inspiring story with fans at home games. Away from the gridiron, the 39-year-old often dons his full Bronco Reaper attire to visit children and elderly people in the hospital."

“It gives me life to know I can make a fan’s experience better just by dressing up and going to a game,” Esquibel said.

Voting is now live; Broncos Country can help our very own Bronco Reaper earn his spot in the Ford Hall of Fans by voting at fordhalloffans.com through Feb. 6. Winners will be notified in Los Angeles, CA the week of the Super Bowl and then honored as part of the 2022 Enshrinement Week at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

“Each year we receive thousands of nominations for the Ford Hall of Fans,” Jim Peters, Ford U.S. marketing manager said. “It’s hard to narrow it down, but this year’s nominees really live and breathe football.”

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