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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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John Elway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Quarterback
John Albert Elway Jr. (born June 28, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who is currently general manager and President of Football Operations of the Denver Broncos of the National ...more

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Terrell Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Running back
Terrell Lamar Davis (born October 28, 1972) is a former American football running back who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. Davis was ...more

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#61 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #16 of 192 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #7 of 50 The Best University of Georgia Football Players of All Time

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Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Cornerback
Roland "Champ" Bailey Jr. (born June 22, 1978) is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Georgia, where he earned ...more

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Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tight end
Shannon Sharpe (born June 26, 1968) is a former American football tight end who played for the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a former ...more

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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Outside Linebacker, Defensive end
Vonnie B'Vsean Miller Jr. (born March 26, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). Miller played college football at Texas ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Quarterback
Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. ...more

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Safety, Defensive back
Stephen Dennis Atwater (born October 28, 1966) is a former American football player who spent most of his career playing free safety for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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#2 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #120 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #41 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver
Roderick Duane Smith (born May 15, 1970) is a former American football wide receiver who played thirteen seasons for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college ...more

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Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Floyd Little Halfback
Floyd Douglas Little (born July 4, 1942) is a retired American football halfback, and was a three-time All-American at Syracuse University. In 1967, he was the 6th selection of the first common ...more

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Karl Mecklenburg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker
Karl Bernard Mecklenburg (born September 1, 1960) is a former football linebacker for the Denver Broncos in the National Football League.

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#46 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #249 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #97 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker
Randy Charles Gradishar (born March 3, 1952) is a retired American football linebacker who played in the 1970s and 1980s. A native of Ohio, Gradishar was a two-time consensus All-American for ...more

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Ed McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver
Edward Thomas McCaffrey (born August 17, 1968) is a former professional American football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. McCaffrey ...more

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#96 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #361 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #52 of 249 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

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Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman, Center
Thomas Andrew Nalen (born May 13, 1971) is a former American football center who played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He was born in Boston and raised in ...more

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Gary Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tackle
Gary Wayne Zimmerman (born December 13, 1961) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. Zimmerman played for the Minnesota Vikings from 1986 to 1992 and for ...more

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Tom Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tom Jackson Linebacker
Thomas Louie Jackson, also referred to as "TJ" or "Tommy", (born April 4, 1951) is a former NFL linebacker for the Denver Broncos, where he was part of the "Orange Crush ...more

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#519 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #154 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #63 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Dennis Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Dennis Smith Safety
Dennis Smith (born February 3, 1959) is a retired American football player. He played professionally as a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for the Denver Broncos from 1981 until ...more

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Jason Elam is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Placekicker
Jason Elam (born March 8, 1970) is a former 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 ...more

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Lionel Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Wide receiver
Lionel Thomas Taylor (born August 15, 1935) is a former American football wide receiver who led the American Football League (AFL) in receptions for five of the first six years of the league's ...more

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Louis Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Louis Wright Cornerback
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 ...more

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#1,166 of 1,540 The Best Football Players Ever #185 of 508 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #3 of 46 The Best Denver Broncos Cornerbacks Of All Time

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Mark Schlereth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Guard
Mark Frederick Schlereth (; born January 25, 1966) is a former professional American football player and current television and radio sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 ...more

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rktrophies added Wide receiver
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 ...more

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Chris Harris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
CMCSS03 added Chris Harris Strong Safety, Safety, Defensive back
Chris Harris may refer to: Chris Harris (actor) (1942–2014), English performer and writer specialising in pantomime and comic acting Chris Harris (author) (born 1964), English business author ...more
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Haven Moses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Haven Moses Wide receiver
Haven Christopher Moses (born July 27, 1946) is a former professional American football player. He played professionally for fourteen seasons as a wide receiver in the American Football League ...more

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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
JabariParker12 added John Lynch Safety
John Terrence Lynch Jr. (born September 25, 1971) is a former American football strong safety and the current general manager of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Riley Odoms is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Tackle, Tight end
Riley Mackey Odoms (born March 1, 1950) is a former American football tight end. He played college football at the University of Houston. In 1971, he had 45 catches for 730 yards and 8 TD after ...more

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