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The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

Updated April 12, 2020 59.7k votes 5.2k voters 212.3k views106 items

List RulesPlease rank the players based on their time with the Broncos only

This list ranks the best Denver Broncos of all time. The Denver Broncos are one of the charter members of the original AFL. Formed in 1960, the Broncos early years weren't much to write home about. But a Super Bowl berth in 1978 started the Broncos on a path to greatness and attracted star players to the team. Many of the teams after 1978 featured some of the greatest Broncos players of all time. The Broncos major turning point came when they acquired quarterback John Elway in a blockbuster trade with the Baltimore Colts. Considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, Elway took the Broncos to six Super Bowls during his illustrious career in Denver. Elway is one of the best Broncos ever and an all time great.

As legendary as Elway is, he couldn't have gotten to six Super Bowls without a little help. When the Broncos defeated the Packers to capture their first Super Bowl title, it couldn't have done without one of the greatest running backs of all time. Terrell Davis is one of the most beloved Broncos superstars and on the account of his power running, Davis won the MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. Other Bronco greats like Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey, and Steve Atwater were on those championship teams. After floundering without Elway, the Broncos picked up another all time great in the form of Peyton Manning. Even with his advanced age, Manning will be considered one of the best Broncos of all time, especially if he's able to capture a Super Bowl title.

This is a list of the best Denver Broncos of all time, including their current roster and Denver Broncos past players. If you notice someone is missing from this list of all time Broncos, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Broncos ever according to who you think should be considered the best in this NFL franchise history, then head over and check out the top Broncos kickers ever and best Broncos tight ends.

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    Rick Upchurch

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    Age68

    Ricky "Rick" Upchurch (born May 20, 1952) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos (1975–1983) of the National Football League (NFL). Before...  more
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    Bill Romanowski

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceVernon, Connecticut, United States of America

    Age54

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Boston College Eagles football

    William Thomas Romanowski (born April 2, 1966) is a former American football linebacker. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver...  more

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    Rulon Jones

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Age62

    Rulon Kent Jones (born March 25, 1958 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a retired American football defensive lineman. Jones was drafted out of the Utah State University in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Denver...  more
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    Louis Wright

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceGilmer, Texas

    Age67

    Louis Donnel Wright (born January 31, 1953) is a former American Football cornerback who played his entire NFL career for the Denver Broncos for 12 seasons from 1975 to 1986. He was a five time Pro...  more
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    853
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    Demaryius Thomas

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMontrose, Georgia

    Age32

    TeamsHouston Texans, Denver Broncos, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football

    Demaryius Antwon Thomas (born December 25, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia Tech,...  more

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    Simon Fletcher

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceBay City, Texas

    Age58

    Simon Raynard Fletcher (born February 18, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 1985 NFL...  more
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    Lyle Alzado

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 43 (1949-1992)

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, Cleveland Browns

    Lyle Martin Alzado (April 3, 1949 – May 14, 1992) was an American professional All Pro football defensive end of the National Football League (NFL), famous for his intense and intimidating style of...  more
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    523
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    DeMarcus Ware

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceAuburn, Alabama

    Age38

    TeamsTroy Trojans football, Dallas Cowboys

    DeMarcus Omar Ware (born July 31, 1982) is a former American football outside linebacker and defensive end. He played college football at Troy and was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age63

    Keith Bishop (born March 10, 1957) is a former guard in the National Football League (NFL) who played ten seasons for the Denver Broncos. He was a pro bowler in 1986 and 1987. After a career in...  more
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    595
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    Aqib Talib

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age34

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Kansas Jayhawks football

    Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kansas, where he...  more
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    288
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    Frank Tripucka

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBloomfield, New Jersey

    AgeDec. at 86 (1927-2013)

    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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    312
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    Bill Thompson

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina

    Age73

    William Allen Thompson is a former American football cornerback and safety in the National Football league. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft. He played...  more
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    Emmanuel Sanders

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBellville, Texas

    Age33

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

    Emmanuel Niamiah Sanders (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was drafted...  more
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    231
    78

    Dave Costa

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York, United States of America

    AgeDec. at 72 (1941-2013)

    David Joseph Costa (October 27, 1941 – May 20, 2013) was an American football defensive tackle. He played high school football at Saunders Trades and Technical H.S in Yonkers and college football at...  more
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    365
    189

    Al Wilson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee

    Age43

    Aldra Kauwa Wilson (born June 21, 1977) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for eight seasons. He played college...  more
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    422
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    Eric Decker

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceCold Spring, Minnesota, USA

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Minnesota Golden Gophers football

    Eric Thomas Decker (born March 15, 1987) is a former American football wide receiver who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 8 seasons. He played college football and college baseball at...  more
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    260
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    Steve Foley

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age66

    Stephen James Foley (born November 11, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played his entire 11-year NFL career (1976–1986) with...  more
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    Rich Karlis

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceSalem, Ohio

    Age61

    Richard John Karlis (born May 23, 1959) is a former American Football placekicker who played nine seasons for the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions in the National Football League...  more
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    Greg Kragen

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age58

    Gregory John Kragen (born March 4, 1962) is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) including three Super Bowls and five championship games. He was selected...  more
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    Matt Lepsis

    Tackle, Tight end

    BirthplaceConroe, Texas

    Age46

    Matthew Stanley Lepsis (born January 13, 1974) is a former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free...  more
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    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Age64

    David Studdard is a former tackle in the National Football League for the Denver Broncos Dave has opened a sports restaurant in Centennial, CO, Studdley's . His son Kasey Studdard followed his...  more
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    Elvis Dumervil

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age36

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Louisville Cardinals football, Baltimore Ravens

    Elvis Kool Dumervil (born January 19, 1984) is a former American football defensive end who played 12 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Louisville, where he was...  more
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    Barney Chavous

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceAiken, South Carolina

    Age69

    Barney Lewis Chavous (born March 22, 1951) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the second round (36th overall) of the 1973 NFL Draft...  more
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    Matt Prater

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceMayfield Heights, Ohio

    Age31

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Matthew Phillip Prater (born August 10, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of...  more

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    Brandon Marshall

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age36

    TeamsDenver Broncos, UCF Knights football, Chicago Bears, Miami Dolphins

    Brandon Tyrone Marshall (born March 23, 1984) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at UCF, and was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the...  more