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The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

Updated April 12, 2020 60.3k votes 5.2k voters 211.9k views106 items

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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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    John Elway

    Quarterback
    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is...  more

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    Terrell Davis

    Running back
    Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who...  more
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    Steve Atwater

    Safety, Defensive back
    Stephen Dennis Atwater (born October 28, 1966) is a former American football player who spent...  more

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    1,740
    366

    Von Miller

    Outside Linebacker, Defensive end
    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more
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    312
    Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968) is a former American football tight end who played for the...  more
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    1,090
    229

    Rod Smith

    Wide receiver
    Roderick Duane Smith (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more
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    480

    Peyton Manning

    Quarterback
    Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who...  more

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    Champ Bailey

    Cornerback
    Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the...  more
  • 9
    966
    232

    Floyd Little

    Halfback
    Floyd Douglas Little (born July 4, 1942 - January 1, 2021) was an American football halfback,...  more
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    742
    138
    Gary Wayne Zimmerman (born December 13, 1961) is a former American football offensive tackle...  more

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    888
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    Karl Mecklenburg

    Defensive end, Linebacker
    Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the...  more
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    996
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    Ed McCaffrey

    Wide receiver
    Edward Thomas McCaffrey (born August 17, 1968) is a former professional American football...  more

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    841
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    Randy Gradishar

    Linebacker
    Randy Charles Gradishar (born March 3, 1952) is a retired American football linebacker who...  more

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    658
    179

    Tom Jackson

    Linebacker
    Thomas Louie Jackson, also referred to as "TJ" or "Tommy", (born April 4, 1951) is a former...  more

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    732
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    Chris Harris

    Strong Safety, Safety
    Chris Harris may refer to: Chris Harris (actor) (1942–2014), English performer and writer...  more
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    765
    188

    Craig Morton

    Quarterback
    Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) is a former American football quarterback in the...  more

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    Haven Moses

    Wide receiver
    Haven Christopher Moses (born July 27, 1946) is a former professional American football...  more
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    600
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    Tom Nalen

    Offensive Lineman, Center
    Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for...  more
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    692
    177

    John Lynch

    Safety
    John Terrence Lynch Jr. (born September 25, 1971) is a former American football strong safety...  more
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    483
    110

    Lionel Taylor

    Wide receiver
    Lionel Thomas Taylor (born August 15, 1935) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more
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    627
    180

    Dennis Smith

    Safety
    Dennis Smith (born February 3, 1959) is a retired American football player. He played...  more
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    Rich Jackson

    Defensive end
    Richard Samuel Jackson (born July 22, 1941) is a former American football player. He played...  more
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    666
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    Jason Elam

    Placekicker
    Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He was drafted by...  more
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    164
    Mark Frederick Schlereth (; born January 25, 1966) is a former professional American football...  more

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    424
    107

    Riley Odoms

    Tackle, Tight end
    Riley Mackey Odoms (born March 1, 1950) is a former American football tight end. He played...  more