Three days in advance of Kenny McKinley’s funeral, the Broncos family said goodbye to the wide receiver on Friday in a private memorial service in Denver.
The organization arranged to have eight of McKinley’s family members flown in to celebrate McKinley’s life, according to Mike Klis of the Denver Post. McKinley’s father Ken spoke of Kenny’s love of football, which went back to making a “business card” as a five-year old on an index card that read, “Kenny McKinley, football player.”
Broncos coach Josh McDaniels spoke, becoming emotional when he described how there was something about Kenny that made him “tough to yell at.” McDaniels also broke down when expressing his appreciation for how the team responded to the tragedy this week.
The Broncos will wear McKinley’s No. 11 in a decal on their helmets. The team will also have a moment of silence Sunday in McKinley’s memory before facing the Colts.