Mike Adams remembers feeling the pit in his stomach when, instead of going to the supermarket, his mom, his aunt and a few of his six siblings walked around the corner to the church to pick up Thanksgiving dinner.
The volunteers put the cranberry sauce, the turkey, the mashed potatoes and the rest into a shopping cart and little Mike, not even 10 at the time, followed everyone back home to get ready for the holiday.
"I was embarrassed," Adams said. "I think about it now and it was like, damn, we really didn't have much."
This was life growing up poor in Paterson, N.J. — a life the Broncos safety has left behind but hasn't ever forgotten. His Rising Stars Foundation is dedicated to helping kids in Paterson.