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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 from Port Angeles

Age: 55

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos

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 from San Diego

Age: 43

Teams: Denver 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 played for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2001. Davis was ...more

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Quarterback from New Orleans

Age: 39

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos

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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Von Miller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Outside Linebacker and Defensive end from Dallas

Age: 26

Teams: Texas A&M Aggies football, Denver Broncos

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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Shannon Sharpe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tight end from Chicago

Age: 50

Teams: Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Savannah State Tigers football

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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Champ Bailey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Cornerback from Fort Campbell

Age: 37

Teams: Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Georgia Bulldogs football team

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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Safety and Defensive back from Chicago

Age: 49

Teams: Denver Broncos, New York Jets, Arkansas Razorbacks football

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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Rod Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver from Texarkana

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos

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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Karl Mecklenburg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Defensive end and Linebacker from Seattle

Age: 55

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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Ed McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Wide receiver from Waynesboro

Age: 47

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

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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Floyd Little is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Floyd Little Halfback from New Haven

Age: 73

Teams: Denver Broncos, Syracuse Orange football

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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Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Linebacker from Warren

Age: 63

Teams: Denver Broncos

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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Gary Zimmerman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tackle from Fullerton

Age: 54

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) 14 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Tom Jackson Linebacker from Cleveland

Age: 64

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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Tom Nalen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
willyboymcoy added Offensive Lineman and Center from Foxborough

Age: 44

Teams: Denver Broncos

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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Jason Elam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Placekicker from Fort Walton Beach

Age: 45

Teams: Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons

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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rktrophies added Wide receiver from Montrose

Age: 28

Teams: Houston Texans, Denver Broncos, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football

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) 18 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
CMCSS03 added Chris Harris Strong Safety and Safety from Little Rock

Age: 33

Teams: Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions

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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John Lynch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
JabariParker12 added John Lynch

Age: 44

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos

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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Craig Morton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Kenne_W added Quarterback from Flint

Age: 72

Larry Craig Morton (born February 5, 1943) is a former American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos. He played ...more

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Dennis Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Dennis Smith Safety from Santa Monica

Age: 56

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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Mark Schlereth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
Guard from Anchorage

Age: 49

Teams: Idaho Vandals football, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos

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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Haven Moses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
slaft added Haven Moses Wide receiver from Los Angeles

Age: 69

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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Bill Romanowski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time

Age: 49

Teams: Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Boston College Eagles football

William Thomas Romanowski (born April 2, 1966) is a former American football linebacker. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for the San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver ...more

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Aqib Talib is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Denver Broncos of All Time
JabariParker12 added Cornerback from Cleveland

Age: 29

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Kansas Jayhawks football

Aqib Talib (born February 13, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Kansas, ...more

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