EATON, Colo. - The town of Eaton came out in force Wednesday night in support of hometown hero and Denver Broncos standout defensive tackle Mitch Unrein.
The Eaton High gymnasium, usually decked out in the school colors of red and black, was a solid sea of orange Wednesday. An estimated 800 to 1,000 fans attended the rally.
The high school spirit squad led the huge crowd in a cheer called the "Rollercoaster."
Unrein grew up in Eaton where he excelled in football and other athletics.
The Unrein family still lives in Eaton. They are now heading to New York for the big game this Sunday.
"I've never been to New York and I've never been to a Super Bowl, so we are excited," said Mitch's mom, Kay Unrein.
"Mitch got to where he is through hard work and perseverance," said Mike Unrein, Mitch's dad. "Like I've always said, no one owes you anything. If you want something, you go out and get it. If you have the drive, anything is possible for anyone."
The town sold 1,300 shirts with the Eaton Reds logo emblazoned on the front and Mitch's name and number 96 on the back.