West Virginia secretary of state ties one on for benefit of Wayne Williams

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (WVA photo) )

West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner showed up at the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference  Friday with clothing aimed at Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

“See this?” Warner asked, as he proudly showed off his green tie with the “M” logo for Marshall University.

Marshall’s Thundering Herd defeated the Colorado State Rams 31-28 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque last December.

The two secretaries of state waged a friendly bet beforehand: Each would make a $50 donation to a local food bank in the name of the winning team.

“Just make that check out in honor of Marshall Thundering Herd. Send photos — you’ll be a hero in Huntington,” Warner texted Williams afterward. “Then, even you can say, ‘We are all MARSHALL!’”

So Williams got a tiny taste of his own medicine. Two years ago at NASS’ winter conference in D.C., Williams showed up in a Denver Broncos T-shirt, fresh from watching the Super Bowl parade right outside his office in Denver. He wore some kind of Broncos paraphernalia for three straight days.

The secretary of state who had to grin and bear it was North Carolina’s Elaine Marshall. She and Williams also had made a food-bank wager.

Super Bowl ends on a high note for the hungry, Denver Broncos fans

Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.
Secretaries of State Elaine Marshall of North Carolina and Wayne Williams of Colorado got plenty of publicity over their Super Bowl bet to help their local food banks.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has worn a Denver Broncos shirt three days in a row while in Washington D.C., not to rub it in to his fellow secretaries of state about this year’s Super Bowl champion, oh no, but to express his pride in the team.

He wore one Tuesday and Wednesday and donned Broncos paraphernalia again Thursday because it was the first time he was going to see North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, who had wagered a Super Bowl bet with Williams that the Carolina Panthers would prevail in the big game.

The beneficiaries of the bet were the local food banks in North Carolina and Colorado, which each received more than 1,100 pounds of all kinds of food, from peanut butter to mac-and-cheese to tuna.

Williams is attending the National Association of Secretaries of State’s winter conference. He is co-chair of NASS’ Elections Committee and will serve on a panel Friday afternoon on voting issues. (I’m on a media panel the same day.)

Read moreSuper Bowl ends on a high note for the hungry, Denver Broncos fans

Denver Broncos: a season full of twists, turns and an amazing conclusion. Sound familiar?

The Denver Broncos celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday Jan. 14, sending them to the Super Bowl. From left to right are No. 92 Sylvester Williams, No. 16 Bernie Fowler and No. 23 Ronnie Hillamn. Photo by Evan Semón for CBS4/Special to the Colorado Secretary of State)
The Denver Broncos celebrate their victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday Jan. 14, sending them to Super Bowl 50. From left to right are No. 92 Sylvester Williams, No. 23 Ronnie Hillman and No. 16 Bernie Fowler. (Photo by Evan Semón for CBS4/Special to the Colorado Secretary of State)

“I’ll never forget Elway with the guys carrying him on their shoulders and all the confetti. He was crying. That was about the point it hit me.”

One of my favorite stories about the Denver Broncos’ first Super Bowl win in 1998 was written a decade later, looking back at the wild run that  ended with a victory over the Green Bay Packers.

In 2007, wide receiver Rod Smith compared the 1997 season to recess.

“You go to school in the morning and they ring the bell for recess and then they didn’t ring the second bell for you to go in,” he said at the time. “I swear, the whole year was like recess.”

The Broncos play in their eighth Super Bowl Sunday, taking on the Carolina Panthers. Here’s hoping that in 2025, there’s a story written about this magical season and how the Broncos won their third Super Bowl.

And let’s not forget how a Super Bowl bet this year between Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall benefited the hungry.

Here’s the 10-year anniversary story, which appeared on Sept. 5, 2007:

Read moreDenver Broncos: a season full of twists, turns and an amazing conclusion. Sound familiar?

Secretary of State Wayne Williams unloads 674 pounds of food as part of Super Bowl bet

Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Food Bank of the Rockies this morning with the 674 pounds of food donated by the candy company. It's part of a Super Bowl wager between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.
Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Food Bank of the Rockies this morning with the 674 pounds of food donated by the candy company. It’s part of a Super Bowl wager between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ bet that the Denver Broncos will beat the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl netted in 674 pounds of groceries being dropped off this morning at Food Bank of the Rockies.

And more food is coming.

Today’s food was donated by by Enstrom Candies, who got in on the secretary’s bet. In addition to tuna, peanut butter and cans of sweet corn, the company contributed some of its famous toffee — 2,000 individual candy bars to be exact.

“Take that, Carolina Panthers!” Rick Enstrom said, as he and Williams helped unload food from the back of his truck.

Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall are helping out the hungry with their Super Bowl bet. Each office will collect food to be donated to their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The donations will be made in the name of the winning team, which Williams predicts will be the Denver Broncos.

In addition to the secretary of state’s office, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson and Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane and their staffs also are collecting food items and will add them to the Colorado Secretary of State’s haul.  The donations will be delivered to Food Bank of the Rockies next week.

Members of the Colorado Secretary of State's Human Resources Committee, along with businessman Rick Enstrom and Secretary of Wayne Williams. The committee is helping organize the office's food drive as part of a Super Bowl bet. From left to right: Kristine Reynolds, Cheryl Hodges, Enstrom, Lynn Waring, Secretary Williams, Janet Perry and Abbas Montoya.
Members of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Employee Relations Committee, along with businessman Rick Enstrom and Secretary of Wayne Williams. The committee is helping organize the office’s food drive as part of a Super Bowl bet. From left to right: Kristine Reynolds, Cheryl Hodges, Enstrom, Lynn Waring, Secretary Williams, Janet Perry and Abbas Montoya.

Secretary Wayne Williams bets on the Super Bowl, is food-bank bound

A Super Bowl bet to help the hungry already is paying off for Coloradans even before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers officially kicks off.

Investigator Abbas Montoya with the Colorado Secretary of State is helping collect canned goods as part of the Super Bowl bet.
Investigator Abbas Montoya with the Colorado Secretary of State is helping collect canned goods as part of a Super Bowl bet.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies are scheduled to deliver a load of groceries Thursday to the Food Bank of the Rockies.

Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall wagered an unusual bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl game: Each office would collect food and donate it to their respective food banks.

If the Broncos win, the donations in both states are under their name. If the Panthers win, the donations are under their team name.

When Marshall indicated she wanted to wager on the game, Williams planned on betting buffalo steaks and Enstrom’s famous toffee. After hearing the bet was about food banks, Enstrom said he would load up on groceries.

“We’re delighted the Colorado and Carolina secretaries of state created this challenge and are choosing to help hungry families in honor of the big game,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.

Our good friends at the Denver clerk’s office, Denver Elections and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office are also in on the action, collecting goods for us to deliver to the food bank after the game.  Thursday’s drop off involves only Enstrom’s donations.

WHAT: Food Bank of the Rockies grocery drop off

WHERE: 10700 E. 45th Ave., Denver

WHO: Secretary Wayne Williams and businessman Rick Enstrom

WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday Feb. 4.