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The Best Denver Broncos Quarterbacks of All Time

Updated January 24, 2020 20.2k votes 3.5k voters 74.5k views46 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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    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. Considered...  more

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    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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    #8 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#1108 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time

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    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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    #12 of 63 Every Quarterback To Achieve A Perfect Passer Rating#10 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s

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    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 selected by the...  more
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    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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    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....  more

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    #27 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s#19 of 84 The Most Overlooked 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 years...  more

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    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 University of...  more

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    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 Football...  more

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    #48 of 61 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time#1 of 4 The Best Houston Texans Head Coaches of All Time

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    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 the...  more

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    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 Broncos, and...  more
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    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 starting...  more
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    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 New...  more
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    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 college...  more

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    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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    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 Denver...  more
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    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 teams,...  more
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    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 the...  more

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    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....  more
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    Scotty Glacken

    Broncos career: 1967, 1966

    Edward Scott Glacken (July 28, 1944 – December 27, 2006) was an American collegiate and Professional Football quarterback and collegiate head coach. He played his college football at Duke University....  more
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    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 Chicago...  more
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    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 Singh...  more
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    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 at...  more
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    Brock Osweiler

    Broncos career: 2017

    Brock Alan Osweiler (born November 22, 1990) is an American football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Arizona State University and was drafted by the Denver...  more
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    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