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The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time 

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Updated January 24, 2020 16.3k votes 3.1k voters 64.2k views 46 items

Big fan of Denver football? Then check out this list of Denver Broncos quarterbacks with photos! It includes every starting quarterback from throughout Denver Broncos history, including current quarterbacks and past ones. This roster contains many American football greats, players in the game with the highest ratings in the NFL. The QB is the leader of the offensive team, the one who often calls the plays. Although most teams use an offensive coordinator now, QBs still need to know the intricacies of the rules for trick plays and tactics. Vigorous training is a must—and don't forget that a quarterback is only as good as his receivers.

Who are the best quarterbacks in Denver Broncos history? Here is every athlete who's ever held the illustrious position of Denver Broncos quarterback. Vote below, then head over and check out the top Broncos kickers ever and best Broncos tight ends.

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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos of the National ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career:  2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more

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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career:  1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977

Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos. He played ...more

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Jake Plummer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003 

Jason Steven "Jake" Plummer (born December 19, 1974) is a former professional American football player, a quarterback for ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was ...more

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Steve DeBerg is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1983, 1982, 1981

Steven Leroy "Steve" DeBerg (born January 19, 1954) is a retired American football player. He was a professional quarterback in the National Football League for 21 years.

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 2011, 2010

Timothy Richard Tebow (; born August 14, 1987) is an American professional baseball player, former professional football quarterback, and broadcaster. He played college football for the ...more

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Frank Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960

Francis Joseph Tripucka (December 8, 1927 – September 12, 2013) was an American collegiate and professional football quarterback, at Notre Dame, in the National Football League, in the Canadian ...more

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Gary Kubiak is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1989, 1988, 1984, 1983

Gary Wayne Kubiak (born August 15, 1961) is an American football coach and former player who is currently assistant head coach and offensive advisor for the Minnesota Vikings of the National ...more

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Charley Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time
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Broncos career: 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972

Charley Lane Johnson (born November 22, 1938) is a former American football quarterback and retired professor of chemical engineering. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 ...more
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Brian Griese is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998

Brian David Griese (; born March 18, 1975) is a former American football quarterback and current color commentator for ESPN College Football. He was drafted by the Broncos in the third round of ...more

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Bubby Brister is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1999, 1998, 1997

Walter Andrew "Bubby" Brister, III (born August 15, 1962) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver ...more

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Marlin Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1968

Marlin Oliver Briscoe (born September 10, 1945) is a former American football quarterback and wide receiver. In October 1968, after being drafted by the Denver Broncos, he became the first ...more

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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career:  2008, 2007, 2006

Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for 12 seasons, primarily with the Chicago Bears. He played ...more

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Norris Weese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

Norris Lee Weese (August 12, 1951 – January 20, 1995) was a star quarterback for Chalmette High School and the University of Mississippi. He had the unenviable task of succeeding Mississippi QB ...more
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Trevor Siemian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 2017, 2016, 2015

Trevor John Siemian is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). Siemian played college football at Northwestern and was drafted by the ...more
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Pete Liske is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1970, 1969

Peter Adrian Liske ( LISK; born May 24, 1942) is a former American football quarterback, star quarterback with Calgary Stampeders in the late-60s and later a university athletics administrator.

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Steve Tensi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967

Stephen Michael Tensi (born December 8, 1942) is a former professional American football quarterback in the American Football League (AFL) and the National Football League (NFL). He played for ...more

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Steve Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career:  1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971

Stephen Wayne Ramsey (April 22, 1948 – October 15, 1999) was a professional American football quarterback who played in seven National Football League seasons from 1970-1976 for two different ...more
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Tommy Maddox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1993, 1992

Thomas Alfred Maddox (born September 2, 1971) is a former football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL), the XFL, and the Arena Football League. He is one of three players (Bobby ...more

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Kyle Orton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career:  2011, 2010, 2009

Kyle Raymond Orton (born November 14, 1982) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football for Purdue, where he started four straight bowl games. He was drafted by the ...more

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Kyle Sloter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time
Kyle Sloter

Broncos career: 2017

Kyle Joseph Sloter is an American football quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Northern Colorado and high school football ...more
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Craig Penrose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time
Craig Penrose

Broncos career: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976

Craig R. Penrose (born July 25, 1953) is a former professional American football quarterback. He spent five seasons in the National Football League with the Denver Broncos (1976–1979) and the ...more
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Don Horn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Broncos career: 1972, 1971

Donald Glenn Horn (born March 9, 1945) is a former American football player, a quarterback in the National Football League for eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Cleveland ...more
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Chris Simms is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time
Chris Simms

Broncos career: 2009

Christopher David Simms (born August 29, 1980) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third ...more

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John McCormick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time
John McCormick

Broncos career: 1968, 1966, 1965, 1963

John Joseph McCormick, Jr. (May 26, 1937 – November 12, 2013) was a professional American football player who played quarterback and punter for the Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos from ...more