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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.
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2,022 361
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Quarterback
John Albert Elway, Jr. is a former American football quarterback and current General Manager and Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football ...more
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1,625 312
Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Running back
Terrell Lamar Davis is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League from 1995 to 2001. Davis was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth ...more
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1,474 272
Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Defensive end
Vonnie B'Vsean Miller is an American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football for Texas A&M University, earned consensus ...more
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1,364 300
Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tight end
Shannon Sharpe is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League, as well as a former analyst for CBS Sports on its ...more
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1,381 379
Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Cornerback
Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia and earned consensus ...more
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1,828 435
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Quarterback
Peyton Williams Manning is an American football quarterback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. A five-time league MVP, he played for the Indianapolis Colts for 14 seasons ...more
7
1,251 277
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Safety, Defensive back
Stephen Dennis Atwater nicknamed "Smiling Assassin" is a former American football player who spent most of his career playing free safety for the Denver Broncos. Atwater and Dennis ...more
8
1,052 240
Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver
Roderick Duane Smith is a former American football wide receiver who played thirteen seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He played college football at Missouri ...more
9
783 242
Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Halfback
Floyd Douglas Little is a Pro Football Hall of Fame running back, and was a three-time American football All-American running back at Syracuse University. In 1967 he was the 6th selection of the ...more
10
786 221
Karl Mecklenburg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker
Karl Mecklenburg is a former American football linebacker for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.
11
720 257
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker
Randy Charles Gradishar is a former American football linebacker who played in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Ohio, Gradishar was a two-time consensus All-American for the Ohio State Buckeyes, ...more
12
923 271
Ed McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver
Edward Thomas McCaffrey is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. McCaffrey played college football for ...more
13
644 216
Tom Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker
Thomas Louie "Tom" Jackson, also referred to as "TJ" or "Tommy", is an NFL analyst for ESPN and a former linebacker for the Denver Broncos, where he was part of the
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529 208
Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman, Center
Thomas Andrew Nalen is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. He was born and raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
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575 174
Gary Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tackle
Gary Wayne Zimmerman is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. Zimmerman played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 to 1992 and for the Denver Broncos from ...more
16
678 218
Jason Elam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Placekicker
Jason Elam is a retired American football placekicker. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and played 15 seasons with the Broncos and two with the ...more
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952 372
Ranker Video
rktrophies added Wide receiver
Demaryius Antwon Thomas is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Broncos in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He ...more
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473 190
Mark Schlereth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Guard
Mark Frederick Schlereth is an American former professional football player and current television and radio sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons with the Washington ...more
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336 133
Dennis Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Safety
Dennis Smith is a retired American football safety who wore number 49 for the National Football League's Denver Broncos between 1981 and 1994.
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439 165
Rick Upchurch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver
Ricky "Rick" Upchurch is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League. Before his NFL career, he ...more
21
439 210
Louis Wright is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Cornerback
Louis Donnel Wright 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 Bowler in 1977 to ...more
22
436 105
John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
JabariParker12 added Safety
John Terrence Lynch, Jr. is a former American football strong safety who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League and is a current color commentator for NFL on Fox. He played ...more
23
452 225
Lyle Alzado is listed (or ranked) 23 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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428 99
Chris Harris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
CMCSS03 added Strong Safety, Safety, Defensive back
Chris Harris is an American football coach and former safety in the National Football League. He was selected with the seventh pick of the sixth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. ...more
25
217 61
Lionel Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver
Lionel Thomas Taylor is a former American football wide receiver who led the American Football League in receptions each year for the first six years of the league's existence.