The Denver Broncos is a Denver based professional American Football team that competes in the AFC West division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL). They play alongside divisional rivals – the Kansas City Chiefs, the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders. The Broncos play their home games in Empower Field at Mile High, in Denver Colorado and has its headquarters based in Dove Valley, Colorado
It started its time in the pro league as a charter member of the American Football League in 1960 and joined the NFL in 1970 when the AFL merged with the NFL. There is no current owner of the Denver Broncos – and that position remains vacant.
There have been numerous moves throughout the Broncos time in the league. The team plays its home games at Empower Field at Mile High (which, between 2001 and 2010 was formerly known as the Invesco Field at Mile High and, then the Sports Authority Field at Mile High between 2011 and 2017 – and then the Broncos Stadium at Mile High in 2018 and 2019). Before this, from 1960 until 2000 they were based at the Mile High Stadium.
During their first ten years in the sport, as part of the AFL, and then during their first seven years in the NFL, this was not a competitive team. In fact, they couldn’t muster up a winning season until 1973. 1977 was the first season that they managed their first playoff spot in the franchise’s history. – and made it all the way to the Super Bowl XII. However, since 1975, the Broncos have carved out a record that makes them one of the NFL’s most successful teams – having had only eleven losing seasons since.
During this time, they have won the AFC Championships eight times and the Super Bowl championships three times. However, along with the New England Patriots, they share the record for the most Super Bowl defeats. They also have several members enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame including John Elway, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe, Gary Zimmerman, Terrell Davis, Champ Bailey and Steve Atwell, as well as former owner Pat Bowlen.
All About the Denver Broncos
The Broncos was first established in August 1959 – but only joined the pro AFL league in 1960. They played in the AFL Western Division between 1960 and 1970 and after the merger, they joined the AFC West division, where they have remained to this day. They have enjoyed Super Bowl victory three times. However, their more recent form has been questionable. In the 2021 season, they sit at the bottom of the table – and were out of playoff contention before the final three games had been played, which led to the sacking of Head Coach Vic Fangio. They will be looking for a better result next season.
The Denver Broncos Player Personnel
- Owners: Vacant
- CEO: Joe Ellis
- Head Coach: Vacant
- General Manager: George Paton
Probably the best player in the history of the team is John Elway, who played as the team’s quarterback between 1983 and 1998. He has accrued several accolades including 2 Super Bowl championships – and was named the MVP in Super Bowl XXXIII and the 1987 NFL MVP. He also enjoyed Pro bowl selection nine times.
Elway is considered as the quintessential Bronco player, having played his entire 16-year career for the team, leading them to two Super Bowl wins. He also led the team to even more successes as their President of Football Operations.
The Denver Broncos Main Rivalries
The Denver Broncos main rivals in the NFL are:
The Cleveland Browns
Aside from divisional rivalries, they also have some historical rivalries – including one with the Browns, arising from three AFC Championships games in 1986, 987 and 1989. It was John Elway that led the team to a last-minute tie in the 1986 AFC championship at the Cleveland Municipal Stadium – and then on to the win in overtime. They met the following year in 1987, but after intense action from both sides, the Broncos managed to clinch the win again. The third and final time was the 1989 AFC Championship where the Broncos enjoyed a much more convincing victory. To date, they have played each other 31 times, including the three postseason matches, with the Broncos winning 24 times and the Browns winning seven times.
The Pittsburgh Steelers
Another of the non-divisional rivalries is with the Steelers. By the end of the 2015 season, the Steelers had played the Broncos eight times in post season, which makes this one of the most frequent playoff matchups in the history of the NFL playoffs. In these five games, the Broncos have managed the most wins, with five victories to the Steelers three. Possibly, the most noteworthy of these meetings was in the 1977 AFC Championship, which was won by the Steelers at the Three Rivers Stadium. which led them to their first Super Bowl victory. However, eight years after in 2005, the Steelers got their own back at the Broncos’ home stadium and beat them to go on to win the Super Bowl XL. Then in a game known as the 3:16 game – the Wild Card round of the 2011 playoffs, they stunned the Steelers again. Their last meeting was in 2015 when the Broncos again beat the Steelers before going on to win Super Bowl 50.
The New England Patriots
The Patriots and Broncos met twice a year in regular season as teams in the AFL between 1960 and 1969. Their first game took place in September 196. The two teams have also met frequently during regular season since 1995 – playing each other for nine consecutive seasons up until 2003. The two teams have also met in the playoffs five times up until the end of the 2015 season, with the Broncos winning four of those games. The first time was in 1987, which was John Elway’s first career playoff win. The next time wasn’t until 2006 – well after Elway’s retirement. In total up until the end of the 2021/22 season, these two teams have met 54 times, including playoffs and the Broncos have won 31 times to the Patriots 23 wins.
Denver Broncos Facts
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Denver Broncos Nicknames
- Orange Crush nickname from 1977 until present
- No Fly Zone their nickname between 2014 and 2018
In NFL history, the Denver Broncos have won the league Championship 3 times – all after the 1970 merger in the Super Bowl era:
- 1997: Super Bowl XXXII
- 1998: Super Bowl XXXIII
- 2015: Super Bowl 50
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
In the Denver Broncos history, they have won the Conference Championships eight times – all as part of the AFC conference:
The Denver Broncos NFL team has won 15 Division championships -all as part of the AFC West division:
Playoff Berth Appearances
The Denver Broncos clinched NFL playoffs spots 22 times:
1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015
Denver Broncos Home Fields
Since they were first created, the Denver Broncos have had three home fields:
- The Hilltop Stadium in 1960
- The Mile High Stadium between 1960 and 2000
- The Empower Field at Mile High from 2001 until present
Denver Broncos Pro Football Hall of Famers
Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the Denver Broncos and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 24 Willie Brown CB 1963–1966 1984
- 33 Tony Dorsett RB 1988 1994
- 7 John Elway QB 1983–1998 2004
- 65 Gary Zimmerman OT 1993–1997 2008
- 44 Floyd Little RB 1967–1975 2010
- 19 Jerry Rice WR 2005 2010
- 84 Shannon Sharpe TE 1990–1999
- . 2002–2003 2011
- 30 Terrell Davis RB 1995–2001 2017
- 20 Brian Dawkins SS 2009–2011 2018
- 24 Champ Bailey CB 2004–2013 2019
- 26 Ty Law CB 2009 2019
- 27 Steve Atwater SS 1989–1998 2020
- 47 John Lynch SS 2004–2007 2021
- 18 Peyton Manning QB 2012–2015 2021
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Dates Inducted
- Pat Bowlen Owner/CEO 1984–2019 2019
Denver Broncos Most Valuable Player Awards
In the history of the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos have had three Super Bowl MVP players – one of whom has won the award twice.
- Season Player Position
- 1987 John Elway QB
- 1998 Terrell Davis RB
- 2015 Von Miller LB
Denver Broncos FAQs
Is it Legal to Bet on the Denver Broncos?
Yes, it is in some states of the US, so you need to check your local regulations. There are now more NFL sites than ever that offer all types of wagers, from regular season to playoffs and Super Bowl betting. Before making your bet on the team, check out the team’s form, such as looking through the Broncos’ Instagram, Twitter, Facebook to see which players are on form.
If you are looking to bet on the Broncos winning the Super Bowl, then first read the location network news, pause, then make sure you pick the best value bet with the best chance of winning. Then click on the Super Bowl menu, teams and choose Broncos. You can then bet on the team winning or bet on single-player playlist playoffs performances – like overall performance stats. Remember to pick a regulated site – one with top-rated customer service, live streaming, an audio gallery, promo and bonus offers and more.
Can I Make NFL Fantasy Bets in the US?
Yes, as long as it is legal in your state – so check your local regulations carefully. If it is legal, register with a regulated fantasy football site, then download draft fantasy filter and make your choices between your favorite players and prices. Select a team within your budget and then look through the draft fantasy menu games. You can then see how well you would perform as an NFL manager against the rest of the competition.