ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque teenager and cancer survivor is in the spotlight once again.
Earlier this year Austin Denton got an interview with Peyton Manning. Sunday morning, the aspiring correspondent was on national TV ahead of the day’s NFL kickoffs.
“My name is Austin Denton and today, I’m the NFL Today correspondent in Denver,” said Denton in his story which aired Sunday morning.
The 15-year-old said it was a surreal experience.
“It was just a fun experience, I was thankful enough that Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital gave me the opportunity to go out and something like this again,” Denton said.
A one on one interview with Denver Broncos’ Head Coach, Gary Kubiak.
This aspiring sports broadcaster from Albuquerque asked his questions like a pro.
“So now lets get to this week’s game against Cincinnati,” he asked as he sat across from Kubiak.
He also made several stops while in Denver, hanging out with the team and on a sports radio show.
But Austin has not had an easy road, something he brought up during his interview.
“I’ve had to deal with a lot of adversity through my life, as I’ve gone through treatments and done everything,” Denton said as he asked Kubiak about his own health challenges.
“So you wake up everyday and you do the best you possibly can and you take these situations and you get a little bit stronger,” Kubiak advised.
“It was humbling that I’m able to get the advice that I got because it just tells me…that they want me to succeed,” Denton said as he waited to board a plane and return to Albuquerque.
But his trip did not stop in Denver. Next, a trip to New York to present his interview on the desk with the crew of NFL Today.
“I’ll tell you what Austin, you either got it or you don’t and you got it, you got a bright future ahead of you. Hold off on my job I’ve got kids to feed,” joked Bart Scott, NFL Today Analyst. “I got you, don’t worry,” Denton responded on air Sunday morning.
An experience he hopes won’t just be once in a lifetime.
“You know just to be here in studio with you guys is such a surreal experience,” Denton said.
To check out Austin’s full interview, click here.