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The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

Updated April 12, 2020 62.7k votes 5.0k voters 210.0k 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
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    John Elway

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePort Angeles, Washington, United States of America

    Age60

    TeamsStanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

    John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Terrell Davis
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    341

    Terrell Davis

    Running back

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team, Long Beach State 49ers football

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

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    Steve Atwater
    1,414
    269

    Steve Atwater

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age53

    TeamsDenver Broncos, New York Jets, Arkansas Razorbacks football

    Stephen Dennis Atwater (born October 28, 1966) is a former American football player who spent... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Von Miller
    1,813
    367

    Von Miller

    Outside Linebacker, Defensive end

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age31

    TeamsTexas A&M Aggies football, Denver Broncos

    Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Shannon Sharpe
    1,520
    330

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

    Age52

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Savannah State Tigers football

    Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968) is a former American football tight end who played for the... more on Wikipedia

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    Rod Smith
    1,122
    226

    Rod Smith

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceTexarkana, Arkansas, United States of America

    Age50

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Roderick Duane Smith (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Peyton Manning
    2,042
    491

    Peyton Manning

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age44

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

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

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    Floyd Little
    984
    244

    Floyd Little

    Halfback

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Age78

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Syracuse Orange football

    Floyd Douglas Little (born July 4, 1942) is a retired American football halfback, and was a... more on Wikipedia

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    #78 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#18 of 27 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 70s

  • 9
    Gary Zimmerman
    756
    137

    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Age58

    Gary Wayne Zimmerman (born December 13, 1961) is a former American football offensive tackle... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Champ Bailey
    1,544
    426

    Champ Bailey

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceFort Campbell, Kentucky

    Age42

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team

    Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Karl Mecklenburg
    913
    222

    Karl Mecklenburg

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Age60

    Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Ed McCaffrey
    1,031
    258

    Ed McCaffrey

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceWaynesboro, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age52

    TeamsStanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

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

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    #229 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#99 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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    Randy Gradishar
    853
    218

    Randy Gradishar

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWarren, Ohio

    Age68

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Randy Charles Gradishar (born March 3, 1952) is a retired American football linebacker who... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Craig Morton
    792
    190

    Craig Morton

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Age77

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

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    #8 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl#10 of 39 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s

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    Chris Harris
    758
    183

    Chris Harris

    Strong Safety, Safety

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age38

    TeamsJacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions

    Chris Harris may refer to: Chris Harris (actor) (1942–2014), English performer and writer... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Tom Jackson
    680
    188

    Tom Jackson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age69

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

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    #7 of 67 The Best Sports Personalities on ESPN#48 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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    John Lynch
    720
    183

    John Lynch

    Safety

    BirthplaceHinsdale, Illinois

    Age49

    TeamsStanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos

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

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    #35 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#11 of 49 The Best Stanford Football Players of All Time

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    Tom Nalen
    625
    173

    Tom Nalen

    Offensive Lineman, Center

    BirthplaceFoxborough, Massachusetts

    Age49

    TeamsDenver Broncos

    Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Haven Moses
    551
    125

    Haven Moses

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Age74

    Haven Christopher Moses (born July 27, 1946) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Lionel Taylor
    498
    113

    Lionel Taylor

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Age85

    Lionel Thomas Taylor (born August 15, 1935) is a former American football wide receiver who... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Dennis Smith
    643
    189

    Dennis Smith

    Safety

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California

    Age61

    Dennis Smith (born February 3, 1959) is a retired American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Rich Jackson
    395
    82

    Rich Jackson

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age79

    Richard Samuel Jackson (born July 22, 1941) is a former American football player. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Mark Schlereth
    556
    173

    BirthplaceAnchorage, Alaska, United States of America

    Age54

    TeamsIdaho Vandals football, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos

    Mark Frederick Schlereth (; born January 25, 1966) is a former professional American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Riley Odoms
    447
    110

    Riley Odoms

    Tackle, Tight end

    BirthplaceLuling, Texas

    Age70

    Riley Mackey Odoms (born March 1, 1950) is a former American football tight end. He played... more on Wikipedia
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    Jason Elam
    686
    233

    Jason Elam

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceFort Walton Beach, Florida

    Age50

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

    Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970) is a former American football placekicker. He was drafted by... more on Wikipedia