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The Best Denver Broncos of All Time  

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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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Haven Moses is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver
Haven Christopher Moses is a former professional American football player. He played professionally as a wide receiver in the American Football League and National Football League. He played ...more
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Riley Odoms is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Tight end
Riley Mackey Odoms is a former American football tight end. He played college football at the University of Houston and his entire professional career with the Denver Broncos of the National ...more
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Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Defensive end
Lyle Martin Alzado was a professional American football defensive end of the National Football League famous for his intense and intimidating style of play. He played 15 seasons, splitting his ...more
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Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker
William Thomas "Bill" Romanowski is a former American football player. He was born in Vernon, Connecticut. A linebacker, he graduated from Rockville High School in 1984, Boston College ...more
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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Kenne_W added Quarterback
Larry Craig Morton is a former American football player. He played as a quarterback in the National Football League for 18 seasons, from 1965 to 1982, with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, ...more
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CMCSS03 added Defensive end, Linebacker
DeMarcus Omar Ware is an American football defensive end for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys with the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NFL ...more
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Simon Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Defensive end, Linebacker
Simon Raynard Fletcher 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 Draft. He played college ...more
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Rich Jackson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
rovelyn-steve-brubacher added Defensive end
Rich Jackson was an American college and professional football player. In college Jackson played for Southern University. Jackson played for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders in ...more
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Rulon Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Defensive end
Rulon Jones is a retired American football defensive lineman. Jones was drafted out of the Utah State University in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He played his entire career in ...more
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Emmanuel Sanders is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
JabariParker12 added Wide receiver
Emmanuel Niamiah Sanders (born March 17, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at SMU, and was ...more
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Al Wilson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker
Aldra Kauwa Wilson is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for eight seasons. He played college football for the ...more
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Keith Bishop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
rovelyn-steve-brubacher added Guard
Keith Bishop is a former guard in the National Football League who played ten seasons for the Denver Broncos. He was a pro-bowler in 1986 and 1987. After a career in Dallas, TX with the DEA, ...more
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Bill Thompson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
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 ...more
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Frank Tripucka is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
zaya2 added Quarterback
Francis Joseph Tripucka was an American collegiate and professional football quarterback, at Notre Dame, in the National Football League, in the Canadian Football League, and in the early ...more
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Ryan Clady is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tackle
Ryan Jacob Clady is an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football for Boise State University, and earned consensus ...more
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Defensive end
Elvis Kool Dumervil is an American football outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Louisville and was ...more
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Steve Foley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Safety
Stephen James Foley is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played his entire 11-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos after one year with the Jacksonville ...more
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Eric Decker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
MeganNicoleMorris added Wide receiver
Eric Thomas Decker is an American football wide receiver for the New York Jets of the National Football League. Decker was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round, 87th overall pick of ...more
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Dave Costa is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Ruth Costa added Defensive tackle, Defensive end, Tackle
David Joseph Costa was a American football defensive tackle. He played [high school football] at Saunders Trades and Technical H.S in Yonkers and college football at the University of Utah and ...more
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Greg Kragen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Defensive tackle, Tackle, Nose tackle
Greg Kragen is the father of American Football player Kyle Kragen.
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Matt Lepsis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Tight end
Matthew Stanley Lepsis is a former American football offensive tackle of the National Football League. He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 1997 and ...more
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Defensive tackle, Defensive end
Trevor Wesley Pryce II is a former American football defensive end who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League. Pryce played college football for the University of Michigan ...more
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Brian Dawkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Safety
Brian Patrick Dawkins, nicknamed Weapon X, is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League for sixteen seasons. He played college football for Clemson University. ...more
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MeganNicoleMorris added Placekicker
Matthew Phillip Prater is an American football placekicker for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He played college football for the university of Central Florida, and was ...more
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Rich Karlis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
TimberlineThunder added Placekicker
Richard John Karlis is a former American Football placekicker who played nine seasons for the Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions in the National Football League from 1982 to ...more