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เดนเวอร์ Broncos
ฤดูกาลปัจจุบัน
ก่อตั้ง 14 สิงหาคม 2502 ; 61 ปีที่แล้ว[1] (August 14, 1959)
ฤดูกาลแรก : 1960
เล่นในEmpower Field ที่ Mile High
Denver, Colorado
สำนักงานใหญ่ที่UCHealth Training Center ในDove Valley, Colorado [2]
Denver Broncos logo
Denver Broncos wordmark
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พันธมิตรของลีก / การประชุม

อเมริกันฟุตบอลลีก (2503-2512)

  • ฝ่ายตะวันตก (2503-2512)

ฟุตบอลลีกแห่งชาติ ( 1970 - ปัจจุบัน)

เครื่องแบบปัจจุบัน
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สีของทีมOrange, navy blue, white[3][4][5]
     
MascotThunder (live horse)
Miles (costume suit)
Personnel
Owner(s)Estate of Pat Bowlen[6][7]
CEOJoe Ellis
Head coachVic Fangio
General managerGeorge Paton[8]
Team history
  • Denver Broncos (1960–present)
Team nicknames
  • Orange Crush (1977–present)
  • No Fly Zone (2014–2018)
Championships
League championships (3)
  • Super Bowl championships (3)
    1997 (XXXII), 1998 (XXXIII), 2015 (50)
Conference championships (8)
  • AFC: 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013, 2015
Division championships (15)
  • AFC West: 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Playoff appearances (22)
  • NFL: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Home fields
  • DU Stadium (1960)
  • Mile High Stadium (1960–2000)
  • Empower Field at Mile High (2001–present)

เดนเวอร์ Broncosเป็นมืออาชีพอเมริกันฟุตบอลแฟรนไชส์อยู่ในเดนเวอร์ Broncos แข่งขันในNational Football League (NFL) ในฐานะสโมสรสมาชิกของAmerican Football Conference (AFC) ของลีกดิวิชั่นตะวันตกทีมที่มีสำนักงานใหญ่ในนกพิราบหุบเขาโคโลราโดและเล่นเกมในบ้านที่ให้อำนาจที่สูงหนึ่งไมล์ในเดนเวอร์โคโลราโด

ทีมเริ่มเล่นในปี 1960 ในฐานะสมาชิกกฎบัตรของAmerican Football League (AFL) และเข้าร่วม NFL ซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของการควบรวมกิจการในปี 1970 Broncos เป็นเจ้าของที่ดินของPat Bowlenและปัจจุบันเล่นเกมในบ้านที่Empower Field ที่ Mile High (เดิมชื่อสนามกีฬาInvesco Field ที่ Mile High ตั้งแต่ปี 2001 ถึง 2010 สนาม Sports Authorityที่ Mile High ตั้งแต่ปี 2011 ถึง 2017 และ Broncos Stadium ที่ Mile High ตั้งแต่ปี 2018 ถึง 2019) ก่อนหน้านั้นสโมสรเล่นเกมเหย้าที่Mile High Stadiumตั้งแต่ปี 1960 ถึง 2000

Broncos แทบจะไม่มีการแข่งขันในช่วง 10 ปีของพวกเขาใน AFL และเจ็ดปีแรกใน NFL พวกเขาไม่ได้มีฤดูกาลที่ชนะจนถึง1973ใน1977สี่ปีต่อมาพวกเขามีคุณสมบัติสำหรับรอบตัดเชือกเป็นครั้งแรกในประวัติศาสตร์แฟรนไชส์และก้าวเข้าสู่ซูเปอร์โบว์ลที่สิบสองตั้งแต่ปีพ. ศ. 2518 Broncos ได้กลายเป็นหนึ่งในทีมที่ประสบความสำเร็จมากที่สุดของ NFL โดยต้องเผชิญกับการสูญเสียเพียงสิบเอ็ดฤดูกาล[9]พวกเขาคว้าแชมป์เอเอฟซีแปดรายการ ( 2520 , 2529 , 2530 , 2532 , 2540 , 2541 , 2556 , 2558) และการแข่งขัน Super Bowl 3รายการ ( 1997 ( XXXII ), 1998 ( XXXIII ), 2015 ( 50 )) และแบ่งปันสถิติ NFL สำหรับการสูญเสีย Super Bowl ส่วนใหญ่ (5 - เชื่อมโยงกับNew England Patriots ) Broncos ที่มีแปดสมาชิกหลักประดิษฐานอยู่ในฟุตบอลโปรหอเกียรติยศ : จอห์นเอ็ลเวย์ , ฟลอยด์ลิตเติ้ล , แชนนอนชาร์ป , แกรี่ Zimmerman , เทอร์เรสเดวิส , แชมป์ Baileyและสตีฟแอ็ทวอเตอร์พร้อมกับเจ้าของสโมสรปลายแพทโบว์เลน[10]ในปี 2021เพย์ตันแมนนิ่ง (ผู้คว้าแชมป์เอเอฟซีสองรายการซูเปอร์โบวล์ 50และเอ็นเอฟแอลเอ็มเอฟแอลในช่วงสี่ฤดูกาลของเขาในฐานะบรองโก) ก็ได้รับการแต่งตั้ง [11]

Franchise history[edit]

1960–1969: AFL era[edit]

The Denver Broncos were founded on August 14, 1959, when minor league baseball owner Bob Howsam was awarded an American Football League (AFL) charter franchise.[12] The Broncos won the first-ever AFL game over the Boston Patriots 13–10, on September 9, 1960. Seven years later on August 5, 1967, they became the first-ever AFL team to defeat an NFL team, with a 13–7 win over the Detroit Lions in a preseason game.[12] However, the Broncos were not successful in the 1960s, winning more than five games only once (7–7, 1962), compiling a 39–97–4 (.293) record during the ten seasons of the AFL.[13]

Denver came close to losing its franchise in 1965, until a local ownership group took control,[14][15] and rebuilt the team.[16] The team's first superstar, "Franchise" Floyd Little, was instrumental in keeping the team in Denver, due to his signing in 1967 as well as his Pro Bowl efforts on and off the field. The Broncos were the only original AFL team that never played in the title game, as well as the only original AFL team never to have a winning season while a member of the AFL during the upstart league's 10-year history.[17]

1970–1982[edit]

In 1972, the Broncos hired former Stanford University coach John Ralston as their head coach. In 1973, he was the UPI's AFC Coach of the Year, after Denver achieved its first winning season at 7–5–2. In five seasons with the Broncos, Ralston guided the team to winning seasons three times. Though Ralston finished the 1976 season with a 9–5 record, the team, as was the case in Ralston's previous winning seasons, still missed the playoffs. Following the season, several prominent players publicly voiced their discontent with Ralston, which soon led to his resignation.[18]

The Broncos defeated the Raiders in the 1977–78 AFC Championship Game to earn their first trip to the Super Bowl.

Red Miller, a long-time assistant coach was hired and along with the Orange Crush Defense (a nickname originated in 1977, also the brand of the popular orange-flavored soft drink) and aging quarterback Craig Morton, took the Broncos to what was then a record-setting 12–2 regular-season record and their first playoff appearance in 1977, and ultimately made their first super bowl appearance in Super Bowl XII, in which they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys (Morton's former team), 27–10.[19]

In 1981, Broncos' owner Gerald Phipps, who had purchased the team in May 1961 from the original owner Bob Howsam, sold the team to Canadian financier Edgar Kaiser Jr., grandson of shipbuilding industrialist Henry J. Kaiser.[20] In 1984, the team was purchased by Pat Bowlen, who placed team ownership into a family trust sometime before 2004 and remained in day-to-day control until his battle with Alzheimer's disease forced him to cede the team to Joe Ellis in 2014.[6][7][21]

1983–1998: John Elway era[edit]

Dan Reeves became the youngest head coach in the NFL when he joined the Broncos in 1981 as vice president and head coach. Quarterback John Elway, who played college football at Stanford, arrived in 1983 via a trade. Originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts as the first pick of the draft, Elway proclaimed that he would shun football in favor of baseball (he was drafted by the New York Yankees to play center field and was also a pitching prospect), unless he was traded to a selected list of other teams, which included the Broncos.[22] Prior to Elway, the Broncos had over 24 different starting quarterbacks in its 23 seasons to that point.[23]

A ticket for the 1987–88 AFC Championship Game between the Browns and the Broncos.
John Elway (right) hands the ball for a rushing play against the Packers in 1984.

Reeves and Elway guided the Broncos to six post-season appearances, five AFC West divisional titles, three AFC championships and three Super Bowl appearances (Super Bowl XXI, XXII and XXIV) during their 12-year span together. The Broncos lost Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants, 39–20; Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins, 42–10; and Super Bowl XXIV to the San Francisco 49ers, 55–10; the latter score remains the most lopsided scoring differential in Super Bowl history. The last year of the Reeves-Elway era were marked by feuding, due to Reeves taking on play-calling duties after ousting Elway's favorite offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan after the 1991 season, as well as Reeves drafting quarterback Tommy Maddox out of UCLA instead of going with a wide receiver to help Elway. Reeves was fired after the 1992 season and replaced by his protégé and friend Wade Phillips, who had been serving as the Broncos' defensive coordinator.[24][25][26] Phillips was fired after a mediocre 1994 season, in which management felt he lost control of the team.

In 1995, Mike Shanahan, who had formerly served under Reeves as the Broncos' offensive coordinator, returned as head coach. Shanahan drafted rookie running back Terrell Davis. In 1996, the Broncos were the top seed in the AFC with a 13–3 record, dominating most of the teams that year. The fifth-seeded Jacksonville Jaguars, however, upset the Broncos 30–27 in the divisional round of the playoffs, ending the Broncos' 1996 run.[18]

1997–1998: Back-to-back Super Bowl champions[edit]

During the 1997 season, Elway and Davis helped guide the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory, a 31–24 win over the defending champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Though Elway completed only 13 of 22 passes, throwing one interception and no touchdowns (he did, however, have a rushing touchdown), Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl-record three touchdowns to earn the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award—this while overcoming a severe migraine headache that caused him blurred vision.[27] The Broncos repeated as Super Bowl champions the following season, defeating the Atlanta Falcons (led by Elway's longtime head coach Dan Reeves) in Super Bowl XXXIII, 34–19. Elway was named Super Bowl MVP, completing 18 of 29 passes for 336 yards, with an 80-yard touchdown to wide receiver Rod Smith and one interception.[26]

1999–2011: Post-Elway era[edit]

Broncos' quarterback Jay Cutler in 2007.

John Elway retired following the 1998 season, and Brian Griese started at quarterback for the next four seasons. After a 6–10 record in 1999, mostly due to a season-ending injury to Terrell Davis, the Broncos recovered in 2000, earning a Wild Card playoff berth, but losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. After missing the playoffs the following two seasons, former Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Jake Plummer replaced Griese in 2003, and led the Broncos to two straight 10–6 seasons, earning Wild Card playoff berths both years. However, the Broncos went on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back seasons and were blown out by more than 20 points in each game, allowing a combined 90 points.[18]

Jake Plummer led the Broncos to a 13–3 record in 2005 and their first AFC West division title since 1998. After a first-round bye, the Broncos defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 27–13, denying New England from becoming the first NFL team ever to win three consecutive Super Bowl championships and they were the first team to beat the Patriots in the playoffs during the Tom Brady era. The Broncos' playoff run came to an end the next week, after losing at home to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game, 34–17. The Steelers went on to win Super Bowl XL.

The Broncos' defense began the first five games of the 2006 season allowing only one touchdown—an NFL record that still stands, ESPN commentator and Super Bowl-winning QB Joe Theismann gave that 2006 Denver Defense the name Bad Blue on Monday night football Broncos vs. Ravens but the team struggled down the season stretch. Plummer led the team to a 7–2 record, only to struggle and be replaced by rookie quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler went 2–3 as a starter, and the Broncos finished with a 9–7 record, losing the tiebreaker to the Kansas City Chiefs for the final playoff spot. Cutler's first full season as a starter in 2007 became the Broncos' first losing season since 1999, with a 7–9 record.

The 2008 season ended in a 52–21 loss at the San Diego Chargers, giving the Broncos an 8–8 record and their third straight season out of the playoffs. Mike Shanahan, the longest-tenured and most successful head coach in Broncos' franchise history, was fired after 14 seasons.[28]

On January 11, 2009, two weeks after Shanahan was fired, the Broncos hired former New England Patriots' offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels as the team's new head coach.[29] Three months later, the team acquired quarterback Kyle Orton as part of a trade that sent Jay Cutler to the Chicago Bears.

Tim Tebow playing against the Kansas City Chiefs in January 2012.

Under McDaniels and Orton, the Broncos jumped out to a surprising 6–0 start in 2009. However, the team lost eight of their next ten games, finishing 8–8 for a second consecutive season and missing the playoffs. The next season (2010), the Broncos set a new franchise record for losses in a single season, with a 4–12 record.[30] McDaniels was fired before the end of the 2010 season following a combination of the team's poor record and the fallout from a highly publicized videotaping scandal. Running backs coach Eric Studesville was named interim coach for the final four games of the 2010 season.[31] He chose to start rookie first-round draft choice Tim Tebow at quarterback for the final three games.

Following the 2010 season, Joe Ellis was promoted from Chief Operating Officer to team president, while John Elway returned to the organization as the team's Executive Vice President of Football Operations.[32] In addition, the Broncos hired John Fox as the team's 14th head coach. Fox previously served as the Carolina Panthers' head coach from 2002 to 2010.[33]

Following a 1–4 start to the 2011 season, Tim Tebow replaced Kyle Orton as the Broncos' starting quarterback, and Tebow Time was born. Tebow led the Broncos with toughness, determination and miraculous come from behind victories which gave the Broncos hope and was the catalyst for better things to come. Tebow led the Broncos to an 8–8 record and the team's first playoff berth and division title since 2005. The Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round on a memorable 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime, setting a record for the fastest overtime in NFL history.[34] However, the Broncos lost to the New England Patriots in the Divisional round.[35]

2012–2015: Peyton Manning era[edit]

In March 2012, the Broncos reached an agreement on a five-year, $96 million contract with former longtime Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who had recently missed the entire 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries.[36][37] This resulted in the Broncos subsequently trading incumbent quarterback Tim Tebow to the New York Jets.[38] The Broncos finished with a 13–3 record and the AFC's No. 1 seed in the 2012 playoffs, but were defeated by the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional round.[39]

Like 2012, the 2013 Broncos finished with a 13–3 record and the AFC's No. 1 seed the Broncos broke all offensive records and QB Peyton Manning shattered many QB records that season as well in 2013. In the 2013 playoffs, the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers in the Divisional round and the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. However, the Broncos lost to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII by a score of 43–8, the Broncos' first Super Bowl berth since winning back-to-back Super Bowls in 1997 and 1998.[40]

Prior to the start of the 2014 season, the Broncos announced that Pat Bowlen, the team's owner since 1984, relinquished control of the team due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease, resulting in team president Joe Ellis and general manager John Elway assuming control of the team.[21] The Broncos finished the 2014 season with a 12–4 record and the AFC's No. 2 seed. However, the Broncos were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the 2014 playoffs, marking the third time in four seasons that the Broncos lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs. Quarterback Peyton Manning had been playing with strained quadriceps for the final month of the 2014 season.[41]

2015: Super Bowl 50 champions; Manning's final season[edit]

Gary Kubiak won Super Bowl 50 in his first season as the Broncos Head coach.

On January 12, 2015, one day after the divisional playoff loss to the Colts, the Broncos and head coach John Fox mutually agreed to part ways.[42] Fox left the Broncos with a .719 winning percentage in his four seasons as the Broncos' head coach—the highest in franchise history.[43] One week later, the Broncos hired Gary Kubiak as the team's 15th head coach. Kubiak served as a backup quarterback to executive vice president/general manager John Elway from 1983 to 1991, as well as the Broncos' offensive coordinator from 1995 to 2005.[44] Shortly after Kubiak became head coach, the Broncos underwent numerous changes to their coaching staff and players, including the hiring of defensive coordinator, defensive mastermind Wade Phillips, under whom the Broncos' defense went from middle of the road to being ranked No. 1 in the NFL and is one of the Greatest NFL Defenses of All Time along with the 1985 Bears, 2000 Ravens and 2002 Buccaneers during the 2015 season.[45] The Broncos finished with a 12–4 record and the AFC's No. 1 seed, despite Peyton Manning having his worst statistical season since his rookie year with the Indianapolis Colts in 1998[46] and backup quarterback Brock Osweiler starting the last six games of the regular season due to Manning suffering from a foot injury. Manning led the Broncos throughout the playoffs. The Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 23–16 in the Divisional Round, the New England Patriots 20–18 in the AFC Championship, and defeated the Carolina Panthers 24–10 in Super Bowl 50—the Broncos' third Super Bowl title.[47]

2016–2018: Struggles and changes[edit]

On March 7, 2016, quarterback Peyton Manning retired after 18 NFL seasons during a press conference at the team's Dove Valley headquarters. While he left a legacy behind football wasn't Peyton Manning's only accomplishment. Peyton and Ashley Manning established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.[48][49][50] Following Manning's retirement, the Broncos have undergone changes at the quarterback position, including the free agent departure of backup quarterback Brock Osweiler to the Houston Texans, the trade acquisition of Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles and the selection of Paxton Lynch during the 2016 draft. Sanchez, Lynch and second-year quarterback Trevor Siemian competed for the starting quarterback spot during the off-season and preseason; however, Sanchez was released and Siemian was named the starter prior to the start of the season. The Broncos finished the season 9–7 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2010. On January 2, 2017, coach Gary Kubiak announced his retirement, citing health as the main reason for retiring.[51] The Broncos later hired Vance Joseph as head coach on January 11, 2017.[52][53] The Broncos finished 5–11 in 2017 due to a poor offense, and signed quarterback Case Keenum in 2018. After getting off to a strong start, their 2018 season was mostly up and down, eventually finishing with a 6–10 record and third place in the AFC West. Coupled with the 5–11 season in 2017, the Broncos had back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since 1971–1972.[54] Shortly after finishing the regular season, head coach Vance Joseph was fired after having only an 11–21 record in two seasons.[55]

2019–present[edit]

On January 10, 2019, the Broncos hired Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to become the 17th head coach in franchise history.[56] Fangio was chosen over Mike Munchak, the Broncos' offensive line coach. Fangio received a four-year contract with a team option for an additional season.[57] On February 13, 2019, Joe Flacco was announced as the new starting quarterback. On October 6, 2019, the Broncos defeated the Los Angeles Chargers for their 500th win, bringing their win-loss record to 500–432.[58] On December 1, 2019, the Broncos started rookie quarterback Drew Lock; after that, he went 4–1. The Broncos went on to finish 2nd place in the AFC West Division at 7–9, missing the playoffs for the fourth consecutive time.

Championships[edit]

Super Bowl Championships[edit]

YearCoachSuper BowlLocationOpponentScoreRecord
1997Mike ShanahanXXXIISan Diego, CAGreen Bay Packers31–2412–4
1998XXXIIIMiami, FLAtlanta Falcons34–1914–2
2015Gary Kubiak50Santa Clara, CACarolina Panthers24–1012–4
Total Super Bowl championships won:3

AFC Championships[edit]

YearCoachLocationOpponentScoreRecord
1977Red MillerDenver, COOakland Raiders20–1712–2
1986Dan ReevesCleveland, OHCleveland Browns23–20 (OT)11–5
1987Denver, COCleveland Browns38–3310–4–1
1989Cleveland Browns37–2111–5
1997Mike ShanahanPittsburgh, PAPittsburgh Steelers24–2112–4
1998Denver, CONew York Jets23–1014–2
2013John FoxNew England Patriots26–1613–3
2015Gary KubiakNew England Patriots20–1812–4
Total AFC Championships won:8

Rivalries[edit]

Divisional[edit]

The Denver Broncos have three AFC West rivals—the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers. All teams, along with the Broncos, were charter members of the American Football League (AFL), with each team placed in the AFL Western Division. The Broncos were barely competitive during the AFL years (1960–69), going a combined 10–49–1 against the Chiefs, Chargers and Raiders.

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

The Broncos have had several memorable matchups with the Chiefs, particularly during the years in which John Elway was the Broncos' starting quarterback (1983–98). The Broncos defeated the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round of the 1997 NFL playoffs, en route to their first Super Bowl victory. The Chiefs currently hold a 65–55 series lead over the Broncos, including the aforementioned 1997 divisional playoff game.

Las Vegas Raiders[edit]

The rivalry with the Raiders was ignited in 1977, when the Broncos advanced to their first Super Bowl by defeating the defending champion Raiders in the 1977 AFC Championship. The rivalry intensified in the mid-1990s, when Mike Shanahan was hired as the Broncos' head coach in 1995. Shanahan coached the Raiders in 1988 before being fired four games into the 1989 season. The Raiders currently hold a 65–53–2 series lead over the Broncos, including 1–1 in the playoffs.

Los Angeles Chargers[edit]

Unlike their records against the Chiefs and Raiders, the Broncos currently have a winning record against the Chargers, with a 69-52–1 series lead, including 1–0 in the playoffs. The Broncos pulled off one of the largest comebacks in Monday Night Football history, when Peyton Manning led the Broncos from a 24–0 halftime deficit to a 35–24 win at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium during the 2012 season. The two teams met in the playoffs for the first time on January 12, 2014, at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High, with the Broncos winning 24–17.

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

The Broncos had an old rivalry with the Seattle Seahawks, who were members of the AFC West from 1977 to 2001, prior to the Seahawks' move to the NFC West as part of the NFL's 2002 re-alignment.[59] During the 25 years in which the Seahawks resided in the AFC West, the Broncos went 32–18 against the Seahawks, including a loss at Seattle in the 1983 NFL playoffs. Since 2002, the Broncos have won three of five interconference meetings,[60] and the two teams met in Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2, 2014, with the Seahawks winning by a score of 43–8.[61]

Historical[edit]

Aside from the aforementioned AFC West teams, the Broncos have had intra-conference rivalries over the years with the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.

Cleveland Browns[edit]

The Broncos had a brief rivalry with the Browns that arose from three AFC championship matches in 1986, 1987 and 1989. In the 1986 AFC Championship, quarterback John Elway led The Drive to secure a tie in the waning moments at Cleveland Municipal Stadium; the Broncos went on to win in 23–20 in overtime.[62] One year later, the two teams met again in the 1987 AFC Championship at Mile High Stadium. Denver took a 21–3 lead, but Browns' quarterback Bernie Kosar threw four touchdown passes to tie the game at 31–31 halfway through the 4th quarter. After a long drive, John Elway threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to running back Sammy Winder to give Denver a 38–31 lead. Cleveland advanced to Denver's 8-yard line with 1:12 left, but Broncos' safety Jeremiah Castille stripped Browns' running back Earnest Byner of the football at the 2-yard line—a play that has been called The Fumble by Browns' fans. The Broncos recovered it, gave Cleveland an intentional safety, and went on to win 38–33.[63] The two teams met yet again in the 1989 AFC Championship at Mile High Stadium, which the Broncos easily won by a score of 37–21.[64] The Broncos did not win the Super Bowl after any of the championship games where they defeated the Browns, losing by an aggregate of 136–40.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

As of the end of the 2015 season, the Broncos and Steelers have met in postseason play eight times, tied with five other pairings for the second–most frequent playoff matchups in NFL playoff history. The Broncos currently own a 5–3 playoff record vs. the Steelers.[65] Perhaps the most memorable postseason matchup occurred in the 1997 AFC Championship, in which the Broncos defeated the Steelers 24–21 at Three Rivers Stadium, en route to their first Super Bowl victory. Eight years later, the Steelers returned the favor at INVESCO Field at Mile High, defeating the Broncos 34–17 in the 2005 AFC Championship, and subsequently won Super Bowl XL.[66] In the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs, in a game dubbed The 3:16 game, the Broncos stunned the Steelers 29–23 on the first play of overtime, when quarterback Tim Tebow connected with wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard game-winning touchdown pass.[67] The teams met again in the Divisional round of the 2015 playoffs at Denver, where the Broncos defeated the Steelers 23–16 on their way to a victory in Super Bowl 50.[68]

New England Patriots[edit]

The Broncos and Patriots met twice annually during the American Football League (AFL) years from 1960 to 1969, and played in the first-ever AFL game on September 9, 1960.[69] Since 1995, the two teams have met frequently during the regular season, including nine consecutive seasons from 1995 to 2003.[70] As of the end of the 2015 season, the two teams have met in the playoffs five times, with the Broncos owning a 4–1 record.[71] The teams' first playoff match on January 4, 1987 was John Elway's first career playoff win,[72] while the teams' second playoff match on January 14, 2006 game was the Broncos' first playoff win since Elway's retirement after the 1998 season.[73] The game was also notable for Champ Bailey's 100-yard interception that resulted in a touchdown-saving tackle by Benjamin Watson at the 1-yard line.[74] On October 11, 2009, the two teams met with former Patriots' offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels as the Broncos' head coach. Both teams wore their AFL 50th anniversary jerseys.[75] The game featured a 98-yard drive in the fourth quarter, with a game-tying touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Brandon Marshall, followed by an overtime drive led by Orton that resulted in a 41-yard game-winning field goal by Matt Prater.[76] The two teams met in the Divisional round of the 2011 playoffs, with the Patriots blowing out Tim Tebow and the Broncos by a score of 45–10.[35] The Broncos' rivalry with the Patriots later intensified when longtime Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning became the Broncos' starting quarterback from 2012 to 2015. Manning and Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady maintained a legendary rivalry from 2001[77] until Manning's retirement after the 2015 season.[78] Though Brady dominated Manning in regular season play, winning nine of twelve meetings, Manning won three of five playoff meetings, including the Broncos' 26–16 win in the 2013 AFC Championship and the Broncos' 20–18 win in the 2015 AFC Championship.[79]

Logos and uniforms[edit]

1968–1996[edit]

Denver Broncos uniform set from 1968 to 1996. The logo was designed by Edwin Guy Taylor of Denver. A contest was held through Public Service of Denver to come up with a new logo for the team. Mr. Taylor's submission was selected late in 1967 and adopted soon after. The team briefly wore orange pants with the away jerseys between 1969–1971 and 1978–1979.

When the Broncos debuted in 1960, their original uniforms drew as much attention as their play on the field. They featured white and mustard yellow jerseys, with contrasting brown helmets, brown pants and vertically striped socks. Two years later, the team unveiled a new logo featuring a bucking horse, and changed their team colors to orange, royal blue and white. The 1962 uniform consisted of white pants, orange helmets, and either orange or white jerseys.[3]

In 1968, the Broncos debuted a design that became known as the "Orange Crush". Their logo was redesigned so that the horse was coming out of a "D." Additionally, the helmets were changed to royal blue, with thin stripes placed onto the sleeves, and other minor modifications were added. From 1969 to 1971, and again from 1978 to 1979, the team wore orange pants with their white jerseys.[80] The facemasks became white (from grey) in 1975.

The Broncos wore their white jerseys at home throughout the 1971 season, as well as for 1980 home games vs. the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, the latter in hopes to bring out the "blue jersey jinx" which has followed the Cowboys for decades (it worked, the Broncos won 41–20). The Broncos wore their white jerseys for 1983 home games vs. the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, but did not wear white at home again for two decades — see next section.[80][81]

In 1994, in honor of the 75th anniversary season of the NFL, the Broncos wore their 1965 throwback uniforms for two games—a Week 3 home game against the Raiders, as well a road game at the Buffalo Bills the following week.[80]

1997–2011[edit]

The Broncos radically changed their logo and uniforms in 1997, a design that the team continues to use to this day. The new logos and uniforms were unveiled on February 4, 1997.[82] Navy blue replaced royal blue on the team's color scheme. The current logo is a profile of a horse's head, with an orange mane and navy blue outlines.[83] The Broncos' popular live animal mascot Thunder was the inspiration to incorporate a horse-head profile as part of the logo on the team's helmets.[84] During a February 4, 1997 press conference introducing the new logo, the team president and the art director for Nike, who were the creators of the new design, described it as "a powerful horse with a fiery eye and mane."[85]

The Broncos began wearing navy blue jerseys, replacing their longtime orange jerseys that had been the team's predominant home jersey color since 1962. This new uniform design features a new word mark, numbering font and a streak that runs up and down the sides of both the jerseys and the pants. On the navy blue jerseys, the streak is orange, with an orange collar and white numerals trimmed in orange, while on the road white jerseys, the streak is navy blue, with a thin orange accent strip on both sides, a navy collar and navy numerals trimmed in orange; the helmet facemasks became navy blue. When they debuted, these uniforms were vilified by the press and fans, until the Broncos won their first-ever Super Bowl in the new design that same season. The navy blue jerseys served as the team's primary home jersey until the end of the 2011 season — see next section.[83]

In 2002, the Broncos introduced an alternate orange jersey that is a mirror image of the aforementioned navy blue jerseys, but with orange and navy trading places. Like the road white jerseys, the white pants with the navy blue streaks running down the sides are worn with this uniform. This jersey was used only once in the 2002 and 2004 seasons, and were used twice per season from 2008 to 2011. Mike Shanahan, the team's head coach from 1995 to 2008, was not a big fan of the alternate orange jerseys.[86] The Broncos previously wore orange jerseys as a throwback uniform in a Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys in 2001.[87]

The team also introduced navy blue pants in 2003, with orange side streaks to match with the navy blue jerseys. Though they were part of the uniform change in 1997 (in fact, they were worn for a couple of 1997 preseason games) and most players wanted to wear them, the only player who vetoed wearing them was John Elway, thereby delaying their eventual introduction.[88] From 2003 to 2011, these pants were primarily used for select prime-time and late-season home games (excluding the 2008 season), and since 2012, are used exclusively with the now-alternate navy blue jerseys — see next section.

On November 16, 2003, the Broncos wore their white jerseys at home for the first time since 1983, in a game vs. the San Diego Chargers. This was compensation for a uniform mix-up, after the teams' first meeting at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium in Week 2 earlier that season, when the Chargers were the team that was supposed to declare their uniform color. The Chargers were planning to wear their white jerseys, but the visiting Broncos came to the stadium in white, and were fined $25,000 by the NFL as a result. When the two teams met at INVESCO Field at Mile High later that season (Week 11), the NFL allowed the visiting Chargers to choose their uniform color in advance, and they chose navy blue, forcing the Broncos to wear their white jerseys at home.[88]

In 2009, in honor of their 50th anniversary season as one of the eight original American Football League teams, the Broncos wore their 1960 throwback uniforms (brown helmets, mustard yellow and brown jerseys) for games against two fellow AFL rivals—a Week 5 home game vs. the New England Patriots, as well as the following week at the San Diego Chargers.[89][90]

2012–present[edit]

Beginning in 2012, the orange jerseys that served as the alternate colored jerseys from 2002 to 2011 became the primary home jersey, while the navy blue jerseys that served as the primary home jersey from 1997 to 2011 switched to alternate designation. The change was made due to overwhelming popularity with the fans, who pressured the Broncos to return to orange as the team's primary home jersey color.[83] Since the 2012 uniform change, the team has worn the alternate navy blue jerseys for at least one home game per season, with the exception of 2013, in which the Broncos wore their alternate navy blue uniforms for an October 6, 2013 road game at the Dallas Cowboys, which the Broncos won in a shootout, 51–48.[91] The team will either wear the navy blue or the white pants — with the orange side stripes — to match with the alternate navy blue jerseys. The team initially did not wear the white pants with the orange side stripes, until a November 1, 2015 game vs. the Green Bay Packers, in which the Broncos wore said design in order to match the uniform ensemble that was used during the team's Super Bowl XXXII win over the Packers.[92]

As the designated home team in Super Bowl 50, the Broncos — who have an 0–4 Super Bowl record when using their standard orange jerseys — chose to wear their white jerseys as the designated "home" team.[93]

In 2016, the Broncos' unveiled a new Color Rush uniform, which the team wore for a Thursday Night game at the San Diego Chargers on October 13, 2016. The uniform kit contained the following features: orange pants, which the team wore for the first time since 1979, orange socks and shoes, along with block-style numerals trimmed in navy blue that mirrored the team's 1968–1996 uniform style. Due to the NFL's one-helmet rule implemented in 2013, the helmets remained the same, with the team temporarily replacing the modern primary logo with the throwback "D-horse" logo.[94] The same uniform was used for a Thursday night game against the Indianapolis Colts during the 2017 season and again during a 2018 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[95]

Super Bowl jersey colors[edit]

Super BowlDateOpponentFavoriteJersey ColorResult
XII (12)January 15, 1978Dallas CowboysCowboys by 6OrangeL 27–10
XXI (21)January 25, 1987New York GiantsGiants by 9.5WhiteL 39–20
XXII (22)January 31, 1988Washington RedskinsBroncos by 3OrangeL 42–10
XXIV (24)January 28, 1990San Francisco 49ers49ers by 12OrangeL 55–10
XXXII (32)January 25, 1998Green Bay PackersPackers by 11Navy blueW 31–24
XXXIII (33)January 31, 1999Atlanta FalconsBroncos by 7.5WhiteW 34–19
XLVIII (48)February 2, 2014Seattle SeahawksBroncos by 2OrangeL 43–8
50February 7, 2016Carolina PanthersPanthers by 5.5WhiteW 24–10

Home field[edit]

Mile High Stadium was the home of the Broncos from 1960 to 2000

For most of their history, the Denver Broncos played in Mile High Stadium. The AFL Broncos played at the University of Denver's Hilltop Stadium from time to time, including the first-ever victory of an AFL team over an NFL team: The Broncos beat the Detroit Lions on August 5, 1967, in a preseason game. The team has sold out every home game (including post-season games) since the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, with the exception of two replacement games during the 1987 strike (but both were sold out before the strike).

During home games, the attendance is announced to the crowd, along with the number of no-shows (the fans subsequently boo the no-shows). The fans are also known to chant "IN-COM-PLETE!" every time the visiting team throws an incomplete pass.[96] The stadium's legendary home-field advantage is regarded as one of the best in the NFL, especially during the playoffs. The Broncos had the best home record in pro football over a 32-year span from 1974 to 2006 (191–65–1). Mile High Stadium was one of the NFL's loudest stadiums, with steel flooring instead of concrete, which may have given the Broncos an advantage over opponents, plus the advantage of altitude conditioning for the Broncos. In 2001, the team moved into then-named Invesco Field at Mile High, built next to the former site of the since-demolished Mile High Stadium. Sportswriter Woody Paige, along with many of Denver's fans, however, often refused to call the stadium by its full name, preferring to use "Mile High Stadium" because of its storied history and sentimental import. Additionally, The Denver Post had an official policy of referring to the stadium as simply "Mile High Stadium" in protest, but dropped this policy in 2004.[97]

Empower Field at Mile High has been the Broncos' home since 2001

Prior to the 2011 season, Englewood-based sporting goods retailer Sports Authority claimed the naming rights of Invesco Field, which became known as Sports Authority Field at Mile High.[98][99] However, in the summer of 2016, Sports Authority went bankrupt, the stadium was renamed Broncos Stadium at Mile High, and the Broncos sought out a naming rights sponsor until September 2019 when they agreed to rename the stadium Empower Field at Mile High.[100]

The altitude has also been attributed as part of the team's home success. The stadium displays multiple references to the stadium's location of 5,280 feet (1.000 mi) above sea level, including a prominent mural just outside the visiting team's locker room. The team training facility, the UCHealth Training Center (formerly known as the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre), is a state-of-the-art facility located in Dove Valley. With 13.5 acres (5.5 ha) of property, the facility hosts three full-size fields, a complete weight and training facility, and a cafeteria.[101][102]

In their more than half-century of existence, the Broncos have never been shut out at home, a streak of over 400 games as of the 2016 season.[103]

In late 2012, the Broncos announced that the stadium would receive $30 million upgrades including a new video board in the south end zone three times larger than the previous display. The renovations were finished before kickoff of the 2013 season.[104]

Statistics[edit]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Players of note[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Denver Broncos roster
Quarterbacks
  •  5 Teddy Bridgewater
  •  3 Drew Lock
  •  4 Brett Rypien

Running backs

  • 32 LeVante Bellamy
  • -- Mike Boone
  • 39 Damarea Crockett
  • 28 Royce Freeman
  • 25 Melvin Gordon
  • -- Adam Prentice FB
  • -- Javonte Williams

Wide receivers

  • 12 Trinity Benson
  • 16 Tyrie Cleveland
  • -- Devontres Dukes
  • 17 DaeSean Hamilton
  • 13 K. J. Hamler
  •  2 Kendall Hinton
  • -- Warren Jackson
  • 10 Jerry Jeudy
  • -- Branden Mack
  • 11 Diontae Spencer
  • 14 Courtland Sutton
  • -- Seth Williams

Tight ends

  • 83 Andrew Beck
  • -- Shaun Beyer
  • 87 Noah Fant
  • 89 Austin Fort
  • 85 Albert Okwuegbunam
  • -- Eric Saubert
Offensive linemen
  • 76 Calvin Anderson T
  • 75 Quinn Bailey T
  • 72 Garett Bolles T
  • 79 Lloyd Cushenberry C
  • 61 Graham Glasgow G
  • -- Drew Himmelman T
  • 70 Ja'Wuan James T
  • -- Nolan Laufenberg T
  • -- Quinn Meinerz C
  • 50 Patrick Morris C
  • 52 Netane Muti G
  • 66 Dalton Risner G
  • 71 Austin Schlottmann C

Defensive linemen

  • 95 McTelvin Agim NT
  • 92 Jonathan Harris DE
  • 96 Shelby Harris DE
  • 93 Dre'Mont Jones DE
  • -- Isaiah Mack DE
  • 98 Mike Purcell NT
  • 94 Deyon Sizer DE
  • -- Marquiss Spencer DE
  • -- Shamar Stephen DE
  • 90 DeShawn Williams NT
Linebackers
  • -- Baron Browning OLB
  • 55 Bradley Chubb OLB
  • -- Jonathon Cooper ILB
  • -- David Curry ILB
  • 47 Josey Jewell ILB
  • 58 Von Miller OLB
  • -- Andre Mintze OLB
  • -- Natrez Patrick OLB
  • 59 Malik Reed OLB
  • -- Curtis Robinson ILB
  • 40 Justin Strnad ILB
  • 48 Derrek Tuszka OLB
  • 54 Josh Watson ILB

Defensive backs

  • 34 Essang Bassey CB
  • 29 Bryce Callahan CB
  • 38 Chris Cooper SS
  • -- Ronald Darby CB
  • 20 Duke Dawson CB
  • -- Kyle Fuller CB
  • 49 Nate Hairston CB
  • 22 Kareem Jackson SS
  • -- Jamar Johnson SS
  • 37 P. J. Locke SS
  • 36 Trey Marshall FS
  • -- Mac McCain III CB
  • 42 Parnell Motley CB
  • 23 Michael Ojemudia CB
  • 31 Justin Simmons FS
  • -- Caden Sterns FS
  • -- Patrick Surtain II CB
  • -- Kary Vincent Jr. CB

Special teams

  • 46 Jacob Bobenmoyer LS
  •  6 Sam Martin P
  •  8 Brandon McManus K
Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Restricted FAs

  • 45 A. J. Johnson ILB
  • 81 Tim Patrick WR

Rookies in italics

Roster updated May 4, 2021

  • Depth chart
  • Transactions

75 active, 2 free agent(s), 10 unsigned

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50th Anniversary Team (2009)[edit]

The Denver Broncos announced the club's 50th anniversary team on September 15, 2009. The anniversary team was voted on by users at DenverBroncos.com from June 6 – September 4, 2009.[105]

Retired numbers[edit]

Denver Broncos retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionCareerRetired
7John ElwayQB1983–1998September 13, 1999
18Frank Tripucka
Peyton Manning
QB1960–1963
2012–2015
1963–2012
2016
44Floyd LittleRB1967–19751984

† Note: No. 18 was re-issued for Peyton Manning after Tripucka gave his approval; it was used by Manning from the 2012 season until his retirement after the 2015 season.[106] Manning's name was added to the retired number's banner as an honorable mention.[107][108][109]

Pro Football Hall of Famers[edit]

Denver Broncos Hall of Famers
Players
No.NamePosition(s)Season(s)Inducted
24Brown, WillieWillie BrownCB1963–19661984
33Tony DorsettRB19881994
7John ElwayQB1983–19982004
65Gary ZimmermanOT1993–19972008
44Floyd LittleRB1967–19752010
19Jerry RiceWR20052010
84Shannon SharpeTE1990–1999
2002–2003
2011
30Terrell DavisRB1995–20012017
20Brian DawkinsSS2009–20112018
24Champ BaileyCB2004–20132019
26Ty LawCB20092019
27Steve AtwaterSS1989–19982020
47John LynchSS2004–20072021
18Peyton ManningQB2012–20152021
Coaches and Contributors
NamePosition(s)Season(s)Inducted
Pat BowlenOwner/CEO1984–20192019

Ring of Fame[edit]

The Broncos have a Ring of Fame on the Level 5 facade of Empower Field at Mile High, which honors the following:

Denver Broncos Ring of Fame
No.NamePosition(s)SeasonsInducted
23Goose GonsoulinS1960–19661984
87Rich JacksonDE1967–19721984
44Floyd LittleRB1967–19751984
87Lionel TaylorWR1960–19661984
Gerald PhippsOwner1961–19811985
12Charley JohnsonQB1972–19751986
70Paul SmithDE1968–19781986
18Frank TripuckaQB1960–19631986
36Billy ThompsonCB/S1969–19811987
7Craig MortonQB1977–19821988
25Haven MosesWR1972–19811988
15Jim TurnerPK1971–19791988
53Randy GradisharLB1974–19831989
57Tom JacksonLB1973–19861992
20Louis WrightCB1975–19861993
7John ElwayQB
General manager
1983–1998
2011–2020
1999
77Karl MecklenburgLB1983–19952001
49Dennis SmithSS1981–19942001
65Gary ZimmermanOT1993–19972003
27Steve AtwaterSS1989–19982005
30Terrell DavisRB1995–20012007
84Shannon SharpeTE1990–1999, 2002–20032009
80Rod SmithWR1994–20062012
66Tom NalenC1994–20072013
21Gene MingoRB, K, RS1960–19642014
Dan ReevesHead coach1981–19922014
80Rick UpchurchWR, RS1975–19832014
Pat BowlenOwner1984–20132015
1Jason ElamPK1993–20072016
73Simon FletcherLB/DE1985–19952016
47John LynchSS2004–20072016
Red MillerHead coach1977–19802017
24Champ BaileyCB2004–20132019

Super Bowl MVPs[edit]

Super Bowl MVP Winners
Super BowlPlayerPosition
XXXIITerrell DavisRB
XXXIIIJohn ElwayQB
50Von MillerLB

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame[edit]

Staff[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

The current head coach of the Broncos is Vic Fangio.[56]

Current staff[edit]

Denver Broncos staff
Front office
  • Owner – estate of Pat Bowlen
  • President and CEO – Joe Ellis
  • President of Football Operations – John Elway
  • General manager – George Paton
  • Director of Pro Personnel – A. J. Durso
  • VP of Football Administration – Rich Hurtado
  • VP of Football Operation and Compliance – Mark Thewes
  • Director of Player Development – Ray Jackson
  • Director of College Scouting – Brian Stark
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Darren Mougey
Head coaches
  • Head coach – Vic Fangio
Offensive coaches
  • Offensive coordinator – Pat Shurmur
  • Quarterbacks – Mike Shula
  • Running backs – Curtis Modkins
  • Wide receivers – Zach Azzanni
  • Tight ends – Wade Harman
  • Offensive line – Mike Munchak
  • Assistant offensive line – Chris Kuper
  • Offensive quality control – Chris Cook
  • Offensive quality control – Justin Rascati
 
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive coordinator – Ed Donatell
  • Defensive line – Bill Kollar
  • Linebackers – Reggie Herring
  • Outside linebackers – John Pagano
  • Defensive backs – Christian Parker
  • Defensive pass game specialist – Chris Beake
  • Assistant to the head coach/defensive quality control – Mike Hiestand
  • Defensive quality control – Nathaniel Willingham
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator – Tom McMahon
  • Assistant special teams – Chris Gould
Strength and conditioning
  • Head strength and conditioning – Loren Landow
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Korey Jones
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Pierre Ngo
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Emily Zaler

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Management
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Radio and television[edit]

The Broncos' flagship radio station is currently KOA, 850AM, a 50,000-watt station owned by iHeartMedia. Dave Logan is the play-by-play announcer, with former Broncos' wide receiver Ed McCaffrey serving as the color commentator beginning in 2012, replacing Brian Griese.[110] Ed McCaffrey was replaced by Rick Lewis. Until 2010, preseason games not selected for airing on national television were shown on KCNC, channel 4, which is a CBS owned-and-operated station, as well as other CBS affiliates around the Rocky Mountain region. On May 26, 2011, the Broncos announced that KUSA channel 9, an NBC affiliate also known as 9NEWS in the Rocky Mountain region, will be the team's new television partner for preseason games.[111]

In 2011, the Broncos began a partnership with KJMN, 92.1 FM, a leading Spanish language radio station owned by Entravision Communications (EVC). The partnership also includes broadcasting rights for a half-hour weekly TV show on KCEC, the local Univision affiliate operated by Entravision Communications.[111]

Notable fans and in the media[edit]

  • Tim McKernan, a.k.a. Barrel Man, began wearing a barrel in 1977 after making a $10 (equivalent to $40 in 2019) bet with his brother, Scott, that by wearing one he could get on television. McKernan won the bet, and the barrel he had painted to look like an Orange Crush soda can became his signature costume, and resulted in him becoming one of the Broncos' most recognized fans and a popular mascot. McKernan died on December 5, 2009.[112]
  • The animated television show South Park, set in Park County, often mentions the Denver Broncos; show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone both grew up in Colorado as devout Broncos fans.[113]
  • In The Simpsons season 5 episode Cape Feare, when the family are to be given new identities, Homer imagines himself as John Elway, scoring a (consolation) touchdown against San Francisco. Conversely, in the 1996 episode "You Only Move Twice", Hank Scorpio gives Homer Simpson the Denver Broncos as a thank-you gift for helping him. However, Homer complains that he wanted to own the Dallas Cowboys, as the Broncos team that just arrived are playing very sloppy football on his front lawn (a reference to the team losing four Super Bowl appearances, three by significant margins including Super Bowl XII against Dallas). Incidentally, the Broncos were 13–3 in the 1996 season, and won the Super Bowl the next two seasons. Only two seasons later in the Super Bowl-centric episode "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday", Homer chooses Denver as his Super Bowl XXXIII pick over Moe's choice of the Atlanta Falcons. In the episode, "The Bonfire of the Manatees", Homer picks the Broncos to win the Super Bowl over the Seattle Seahawks. The two teams later did play against each other in Super Bowl XLVIII which aired on Fox, the U.S. home of The Simpsons; but the result was a Seahawks victory instead.
  • In the 1979 Mork & Mindy episode "Hold That Mork", Mork's character, played by Robin Williams, became the first male cheerleader in Broncos' history. As a member of the "Pony Express", he trotted out on the field at Mile High Stadium during an actual Broncos' game vs. the New England Patriots on November 11, 1979. The episode aired exactly two weeks later.[114]
  • Many former Broncos are now in broadcasting, including Shannon Sharpe, Mark Schlereth, Alfred Williams, Tom Jackson, Ed McCaffrey, Brian Griese, David Diaz-Infante, Terrell Davis and Brandon Stokley. Some former Broncos work in radio, KKFN and KDFD in Denver, Colorado.
  • Former tight end and wide receiver Nate Jackson has written and published two nonfiction books, Slow Getting Up[115] and Fantasy Man.[116] His writing about the NFL has appeared in Slate,[117] Deadspin,[118] The Daily Beast,[119] The New York Times,[120] The Wall Street Journal,[121] and BuzzFeed,[122] among others. Jackson also co-hosts the Caveman Poet Society.[123]

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Further reading

  • Dater, Adrian (2007) The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Denver Broncos: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Denver Broncos History. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-975-0
  • Frei, Terry (2009) '77: Denver, The Broncos, and A Coming of Age . Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 1-58979-213-0
  • Morton, Craig and Dater, Adrian (2008) Then Morton Said to Elway...: The Best Denver Broncos Stories Ever Told, Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-121-7
  • Saccomano, Jim (2007) Game of My Life: Denver Broncos: Memorable Stories of Broncos Football. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-59670-091-2
  • Saccomano, Jim and Elway, John (2009) Denver Broncos: The Complete Illustrated History. MBI Publishing Company, ISBN 0-7603-3476-5
  • Sandler, Michael (2007) John Elway and the Denver Broncos: Super Bowl XXXIII. Bearport Publishing Company. ISBN 1-59716-536-0
  • Stewart, Mark (2006)The Denver Broncos. Norwood House Press. ISBN 1-59953-066-X
  • Zimmer, Larry (2004) Denver Broncos: Colorful Tales of the Orange and Blue. Globe Pequot Press. ISBN 0-7627-2766-7

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Denver Broncos at the National Football League official website