After losing all five preseason games, the Broncos become the first AFL victor when they defeat the Patriots in the first-ever AFL game, a 13-10 win at Nickerson Field in Boston.
Lionel Taylor plays his first game as a Bronco after being cut by the Chicago Bears. In seven seasons with the Broncos, he would set team receiving standards that would last into the 21st century.
Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin was one of the four original Ring of Fame inductees in 1984 and was recognized for his splendid play at safety for seven seasons.
Lionel Taylor, one of the “original Broncos,” was one of the initial Ring of Famers after being inducted with the inaugural class in 1984.
Floyd Little, is one of the four original Denver Broncos Ring of Fame inductees from 1984 and joins John Elway and Frank Tripucka as one of three Broncos whose jersey number is retired.
Rich Jackson was one of the four original Ring of Famers who were inducted in 1984 and was recognized for his six outstanding seasons with the Broncos from 1967-72.
Gerald H. Phipps became the first non-player to be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1985.
Frank Tripucka, who joined the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986, is one of the “original Broncos,” playing for the team from 1960-63.
Paul Smith was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986 along with quarterbacks Frank Tripucka and Charley Johnson.
Charley Johnson was one of three inductees into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1986 along with fellow quarterback Frank Tripucka and defensive end Paul Smith.
Billy Thompson, regarded by many as one of the best defensive backs in Denver Broncos history, was the only Ring of Fame inductee in 1987.
Jim Turner, a 1988 inductee into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, ranks as one of the most prolific kickers of all time in professional football.
Haven Moses was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1988 as part of a three-member class that included quarterback Craig Morton and kicker Jim Turner.
Craig Morton was one of three Broncos Ring of Fame inductees in 1988 along with fellow teammates Haven Moses and Jim Turner.
Randy Gradishar was the only Ring of Fame inductee in 1989 in recognition of his outstanding 10-year career (1974-83) at linebacker for the Broncos.
Tom Jackson was the only player inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1992.
Louis Wright was named to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1993 following an electrifying 12-year career (1975-86) with the club as a cornerback.
John Elway, a two-time Super Bowl champion, a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2004 and the most accomplished player in Denver Broncos history, was elected to the franchise’s Ring of Fame in 1999. The only player for whom the customary wait for Ring of Fame induction was waived, Elway finished his magnificent […]
Dennis Smith was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2001, honoring his stellar 14-year career with the club during which he established himself as one of the most feared safeties in the NFL.
Karl Mecklenburg joined the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2001 after establishing himself as one of the most outstanding defensive players in franchise history during his 12-year career from 1983-94.
Gary Zimmerman, named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008, was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2003.
Steve Atwater was inducted as the 20th member of the Broncos’ Ring of Fame in 2005 after a brilliant 10-year career with the club from 1989-98.
Steve Atwater joins the Ring of Fame in a rain-soaked ceremony at halftime of the Broncos’ Week 5 win over Washington. The announcement of his induction was made Aug. 1.
Terrell Davis is the 21st inductee into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame on September 23, 2007
Terrell Davis was inducted as the 21st member of the Ring of Fame in 2007 after establishing himself as the Denver Broncos’ all-time leading rusher while spending his entire eight-year career with the team from 1995-2002.
Shannon Sharpe was elected as the 22nd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame on May 12, 2009, after 12 record-setting seasons with the club from 1990-99 and 2002- 03.
Shannon Sharpe joins the Ring of Fame.
Former wide receiver Rod Smith is selected as the 23rd member of the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame.
Rod Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, was elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2012.
Center Tom Nalen is introduced into the team’s Ring of Fame during halftime of Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
Tom Nalen was elected into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2013. He played center for the Broncos for 14 seasons (1994-2007).
Halfback/kicker Gene Mingo, wide receiver/returner Rick Upchurch and head coach Dan Reeves are elected as the newest members of the Broncos Ring of Fame.
Gene Mingo, who played five seasons with the club (1960-64), was one of three inductees into the Ring of Fame in 2014, becoming the fourth “original Bronco” to receive the honor.
Rick Upchurch joined Gene Mingo and Dan Reeves as Denver Broncos Ring of Fame inductees in 2014.
Dan Reeves became the first head coach to be elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame when he was chosen along with Gene Mingo and Rick Upchurch in 2014.
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen was elected as the newest member of the team’s Ring of Fame in 2015 – his 32nd season with the franchise.
Jason Elam, who played the first 15 seasons (1993-2007) of his 17-year NFL career with the Broncos, is the franchise’s all-time leader in field goals (395) and points (1,786) – both representing the second-highest totals in NFL history for a single team (K Jason Hanson, Det.).
Simon Fletcher spent his entire 11-year NFL career (1985-95) with the Broncos and finished as the franchise’s all-time sack leader with 97.5 quarterback takedowns.
John Lynch played four seasons (2004-07) with the Broncos and was named to the Pro Bowl in each season he played for the franchise.
Red Miller was elected to the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2017, joining Dan Reeves as the only two coaches in team history to receive the prestigious honor.