The first American Football League organizational meeting is held in Chicago. Denver, with Bob Howsam as its principal owner, is named as a charter member along with New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Houston.
The AFL’s first player selection draft is held, lasting 32 rounds. Denver’s first pick is Roger LeClerc of Trinity College in Connecticut. He does not play for the Broncos until 1967, as he opts to join the NFL’s Chicago Bears, who made him a 15th-round selection in the 1959 draft.
Frank Filchock is named the first head coach of the Broncos. A two-time Pro Bowler in eight NFL seasons as a player, he leads the Broncos to a 7-20-1 record before being dismissed after the 1961 season.
The Broncos had their share of memorable characters in the early days, including “probably the hardest-hitting back ever to come out of the Missouri Valley Conference,” which was the euphemistic description from the 1960 Broncos media guide of linebacker Hardy Brown.
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.
In front of a crowd of 18,372 that filled barely half of the expanded Bears Stadium, Denver defeated the Oakland Raiders 31-14 to move to 3-1.
Dean Griffing, the Broncos’ first general manager, is released from his duties. Head coach Jack Faulkner, who was hired on Feb. 1, is named to dual post as head coach and general manager.
Sept. 15, 1962: Frank Tripucka hits Al Frazier for a 96-yard touchdown pass at Buffalo. At the time, the reception marked the longest play from scrimmage in Broncos history.
Gene Mingo rushes 82 yards for a touchdown against the Raiders.
Broncos rookies defeat the rookies from the Houston Oilers, 17-14, in an exhibition in front of 6,500 in Colorado Springs.
AFL postpones all games two days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
The AFL and NBC announce a new TV contract that pays the AFL $36 million over five seasons.
Aug. 14, 1964: Broncos obtained QB Jacky Lee form Houston in “lend-lease” trade for Bud McFadin.
Dec. 12, 1965: Broncos conclude home season with total attendance of 219,786, an average of 34,398 per game. Both the total and average attendance were AFL Western Division records.
With five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown at Kansas City, Lionel Taylor finishes the 1965 season with 85 receptions for 1,131 yards.
The leagues will play a championship game the following season, hold the first common draft in 1967 and merge in 1970.
|9/10||at Oakland Raiders||0-51|
|9/17||at Miami Dolphins||21-35|
|9/24||New York Jets||24-38|
|10/1||at Houston Oilers||6-10|
|10/22||San Diego Chargers||21-38|
|10/29||at Kansas City Chiefs||9-52|
|11/19||at Buffalo Bills||21-20|
|11/23||at San Diego Chargers||20-24|
|12/3||at New York Jets||33-24|
|12/17||Kansas City Chiefs||24-38|
|9/15||at Cincinnati Bengals||10-24|
|9/22||at Kansas City Chiefs||2-34|
|10/13||at New York Jets||21-13|
|10/20||at San Diego Chargers||24-55|
|11/3||at Boston Patriots||35-14|
|11/17||at Houston Oilers||17-38|
|12/1||San Diego Chargers||23-47|
|12/8||at Oakland Raiders||27-33|
|12/14||Kansas City Chiefs||7-30|
Marlin Briscoe becomes the first African-American to start at quarterback in modern pro footbal history, guiding Denver to a 10-7 win over the Bengals.
|9/21||New York Jets||21-19|
|9/28||at Buffalo Bills||28-41|
|10/5||Kansas City Chiefs||13-26|
|10/19||at Cincinnati Bengals||30-23|
|10/26||at Houston Oilers||21-24|
|11/2||San Diego Chargers||13-0|
|11/9||at Oakland Raiders||10-41|
|11/23||at San Diego Chargers||24-45|
|11/27||at Kansas City Chiefs||17-31|
|12/7||at Miami Dolphins||24-27|
Jan. 19, 1969: Dave Costa, Rich Jackson and Floyd Little participate in AFL All-Star Game in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Broncos’ first-ever shutout win — a 13-0 blanking of the Chargers — saw a little fun on the Mile High Stadium scoreboard, with “Chargers” changed to read “Hot Dogs” at some point before the end of the game.
“They’re killing me, Whitey; they’re killing me!” Lou Saban’s immortal quote came on this date, when he wore a wireless microphone from AFL Films during the Broncos’ game with Houston.
The Broncos play their final AFL game, defeating Cincinnati 27-16 at Mile High Stadium.
Bobby Anderson is the first Broncos first-round pick since Floyd Little in 1967, and just the second to sign with the team in its 10-year history.
In their first regular-season game against a team that was a part of the NFL before the merger, the Broncos defeat Pittsburgh 16-13 in front of 50,705 at Mile High Stadium.
Floyd Little gains 44 yards to win AFC rushing title with 901 yards.
First-team All-Pro Rich Jackson and Floyd Little become the Broncos’ first two Pro Bowlers.
First-round pick Marv Montgomery signs his contract.
Broncos open season with 10-10 tie against Miami in the “half a loaf” game.
Floyd Little compiles 79 yards against Raiders in Oakland to finish as pro football’s top runner with 1,133 yards.
John Ralston, successful head coach at Stanford, is announced as Denver’s new head coach.
First-round pick Riley Odoms signs his multi-year contract.
For the first time in the history of Denver professional football, there will be no public sale of season tickets, it is reported.
In ceremonies before a loss to Cleveland, Little receives gifts, including a boat, to commemorate his 1971 NFL rushing title.
Broncos wallop San Diego 38-13 in a game played in 9-degree conditions, the coldest regular-season home game in Broncos history.
Charley Johnson becomes the 18th quarterback in pro football history to go over 20,000 yards lifetime as he throws for 214 yards and three TDs to Haven Moses in a 48-20 win at Houston.
Otis Armstrong would become the second league-rushing champion in Broncos history, rushing for 1,407 yards in 1974.
With “Orange Monday” banners waving, the Broncos play perhaps the most important game to date in the club’s history against Oakland on national television.
Dec. 9, 1973: Broncos defeat San Diego 42-28 and assures the club of a winning record for the first time.
The Broncos select Ohio State LB Randy Gradishar with their first-round pick in the 1974 NFL Draft.
Denver voters pass a $25 million bond issue to expand and improve Mile High Stadium to over 75,000 seats.
Before a television audience estimated at 35 million, the Broncos riddle the Detroit Lions 31-27 on Denver’s first Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit.
Floyd Little is carried off the field after his as he concludes his career as the seventh-leading all-time rusher in the NFL with 6,323 career rushing yards.
Jan. 26, 1976: TE Riley Odoms makes his third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, and ILB Randy Gradishar makes his Pro Bowl debut.
|9/12||at Cincinnati Bengals||7-17|
|9/19||New York Jets||46-3|
|10/3||San Diego Chargers||26-0|
|10/10||at Houston Oilers||3-17|
|10/24||at Kansas City Chiefs||35-26|
|10/31||at Oakland Raiders||6-19|
|11/7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||48-13|
|11/14||at San Diego Chargers||17-0|
|11/21||New York Giants||14-13|
|11/28||at New England Patriots||14-38|
|12/5||Kansas City Chiefs||17-16|
|12/12||at Chicago Bears||28-14|
QB Charley Johnson announces his retirement after 15 seasons, the last four of which were spent in Denver.
Lyle Alzado is one of three finalists for the Man of the Year Award and Rick Upchurch is honored as the AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year by the NFL Players Association.
Rick Upchurch ties an NFL record by returning two punts for touchdowns in a 44-13 win over the visiting Cleveland Browns.
Oct. 24, 1976: Rick Upchurch ties an NFL record with his fourth punt return touchdown of the season in a 35-26 win over Kansas City.
Rick Upchurch and Otis Armstrong are the Broncos’ participants in the annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Seattle.
|P||Bill Van Heusen|
Jan. 31, 1977: John Ralston resigns as head coach of the Broncos after five seasons that included the club’s first three winning records.
Former Broncos assistant Robert “Red” Miller returns to the Broncos to become the club’s eighth head coach under circumstances never seen by a Broncos head coach.
Denver sends QB Steve Ramsey and future considerations to the Giants in exchange for Craig Morton, who ends up winning the starting job and guiding the Broncos to the 1977 AFC championship.
|9/18||St. Louis Cardinals||7-0|
|10/2||at Seattle Seahawks||24-13|
|10/9||Kansas City Chiefs||23-7|
|10/16||at Oakland Raiders||30-7|
|10/23||at Cincinnati Bengals||24-13|
|11/13||at San Diego Chargers||17-14|
|11/20||at Kansas City Chiefs||14-7|
|12/4||at Houston Oilers||24-14|
|12/11||San Diego Chargers||17-9|
|12/18||at Dallas Cowboys||6-14|
|12/24||Pittsburgh Steelers (Divisional Playoff)||34-21|
|1/1||Oakland Raiders (AFC Championship)||20-17|
|1/15||Dallas Cowboys (Super Bowl XII)||10-27|
A then-Broncos record crowd of 75,002 at newly expanded Mile High Stadium saw the defense make a late stand deep in Broncos territory to seal a 7-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jim Turner’s touchdown reception on a fake field goal broke a close game wide open, and with seven interceptions, the Broncos crushed the defending world champion Raiders 30-7 to reach 5-0 for the first time in franchise history.
With a 24-14 win at Houston, the Broncos clinch a playoff berth, the first in the club’s history. Later in the day, the Broncos clinch the AFC Western Division championship when the Raiders fall to the Los Angeles Rams.
Before the largest crowd ever to watch a sporting event in the state of Colorado, 75,011, the Broncos stop the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of playoff action, 34-21.
In a hard-fought game at Mile High Stadium, Haven Moses’ two touchdown receptions lead the Broncos to a 20-17 AFC Championship Game win over Oakland and a trip to Super Bowl XII.
|9/11||at Minnesota Vikings (OT)||9-12|
|9/17||San Diego Chargers||27-14|
|9/24||at Kansas City Chiefs (OT)||23-17|
|10/8||at San Diego Chargers||0-23|
|10/22||at Baltimore Colts||6-7|
|10/29||at Seattle Seahawks (OT)||20-17|
|11/5||New York Jets||28-31|
|11/12||at Cleveland Browns||19-7|
|11/19||Green Bay Packers||16-3|
|11/23||at Detroit Lions||14-17|
|12/3||at Oakland Raiders||21-6|
|12/10||Kansas City Chiefs||24-3|
|12/30||at Pittsburgh Steelers (Divisional Playoff)||10-33|
The Broncos open their AFC title defense — and their first 16-game season — by defeating Oakland, 14-6, in a rematch of the 1977 AFC Championship Game.
Denver defeats Seattle 20-17 in overtime, becoming the first team in NFL history to participate in three overtime games in a single season.
The Broncos dismantle the Raiders 21-6, holding the Raiders without a touchdown for the second time in the season to move within one game of AFC West crown.
Denver downs Kansas City, 24-3, winning its second consecutive division championship, as QB Craig Morton goes 19-for-22 with 16 consecutive completions, both second best all-time NFL marks at the time.
Denver loses in the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl-champion Pittsburgh Steelers, 33-10.
One year after sending a then-team-record five players to the Pro Bowl, the Broncos have seven: Lyle Alzado, Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Riley Odoms, Bill Thompson, Rick Upchurch and Louis Wright.
Rick Upchurch becomes the all-time pro football record holder in career punt return yardage. He set the record vs. New England, surpassing the late Emlen Tunnell’s total of 2,209 yards.
Dec. 17, 1979: Denver clinches a playoff berth for the third consecutive year, but fails to win its third consecutive division title, falling 17-7 at San Diego.
The Broncos are represented in the Pro Bowl by Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Rick Upchurch and Louis Wright.
Oct. 5, 1980: Randy Gradishar returns an interception 93 yards for a TD vs. Cleveland, the longest such return in team history and the NFL’s longest in 1980.
Jan. 17, 1981: Red Miller and the Broncos’ coaching staff coach the South team in the 1981 Senior Bowl. It will turn out to be Miller’s last game as a Broncos head coach.
March 9, 1981: Less than two weeks after Kaiser assumed control of the Broncos, head coach Red Miller and GM Fred Gehrke are fired.
Grady Alderman is named new General Manager and Dan Reeves is named as the new head coach.
The Broncos are represented in the Pro Bowl by Randy Gradishar, Bob Swenson, Bill Thompson and Steve Watson.
Rick Upchurch returns a punt 78 yards for a touchdown against Kansas City.
Feb. 6, 1983: The Broncos are represented in the Pro Bowl game by Randy Gradishar, Luke Prestridge and Rick Upchurch.
In the biggest trade in franchise history, Denver acquires quarterback John Elway, the first player taken in the NFL draft, and signs him to a five-year contract.
Randy Gradishar announced that he would retire after the 1983 season, his 10th in the league.
Elway throws three fourth-quarter touchdown passes to erase a 19-0 deficit and lead the Broncos to a 21-19 playoff-clinching win over Baltimore.
Jan. 29, 1984: Randy Gradishar makes his seventh Pro Bowl appearance. Louis Wright also is named to the AFC Pro Bowl team but is unable to play because of a fractured finger.
March 23, 1984: Pat Bowlen is introduced as the new owner of the Denver Broncos, assuming the title of President and Chief Executive Officer.
On the eve of veteran reporting day to training camp, Broncos President/CEO Pat Bowlen announces the creation of the Ring of Fame to honor Broncos greats who “had a significant impact” on team history.
DE Rich Jackson, RB Floyd Little, S Austin “Goose” Gonsoulin and WR Lionel Taylor — are officially inducted in a halftime ceremony at the preseason opener against Washington.
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.
The Broncos beat Minnesota 42-21 for the club’s 10th consecutive victory, a team record.
In a winner-take-all showdown at the Kingdome for the AFC West crown, Denver wins its 13th game of the season, the most in Broncos history, and captures the AFC West crown with a 31-14 win over Seattle.
Jan. 27, 1985: Sammy Winder represents the Broncos in the Pro Bowl.
Owner Pat Bowlen names John Beake as General Manager and Dan Reeves as Vice President of the club.
|9/8||at Los Angeles Rams||16-20|
|9/15||New Orleans Saints||34-23|
|9/22||at Atlanta Falcons||44/28|
|10-13||at Indianapolis Colts||15-10|
|10/27||at Kansas City Chiefs||30-10|
|11/3||at San Diego Chargers||10-30|
|11/11||San Francisco 49ers||17-16|
|11/17||San Diego Chargers||30-24|
|11/24||at Los Angeles Raiders||28-31|
|12/1||at Pittsburgh Steelers||31-23|
|12/8||Los Angeles Raiders||14-17|
|12/14||Kansas City Chiefs||14-13|
|12/20||at Seattle Seahawks||27-24|
Pat Bowlen announces that former owner Gerald Phipps will become the fifth member of the Ring of Fame. “I can’t overstate the gratitude that I feel for this honor,” Phipps said.
Gerald H. Phipps became the first non-player to be inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1985.
Denver beats Seattle 27-24 to close out the season at 11-5. The Broncos set season records with total yards (5,496) and total points (380). John Elway…
Denver beats Seattle 27-24 to close out the season at 11-5. The Broncos set season records with total yards (5,496) and total points (380).
|9/7||Los Angeles Raiders||38-36|
|9/15||at Pittsburgh Steelers||21-10|
|9/21||at Philadelphia Eagles||33-7|
|9/28||New England Patriots||27-20|
|10/12||at San Diego Chargers||31-14|
|10/20||at New York Jets||10-22|
|11/2||at Los Angeles Raiders||21-10|
|11/9||San Diego Chargers||3-9|
|11/16||Kansas City Chiefs||38-17|
|11/23||at New York Giants||16-19|
|12/7||at Kansas City Chiefs||10-37|
|12/20||at Seattle Seahawks||16-41|
|1/4||New England Patriots (AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF)||22-17|
|1/11||at Cleveland Browns (AFC CHAMPIONSHIP)||23-20|
|1/25||New York Giants (SUPER BOWL XXI)||20-39|
QBs Charley Johnson and Frank Tripucka and DE Paul Smith become the fifth, sixth and seventh Broncos selected for the Ring of Fame, comprising the 1986 class.
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.
Oct. 12, 1986: The Broncos post a 31-14 win over San Diego to equal the best start in team history with 6-0 record.
The Broncos conclude regular-season play with their second consecutive 11-5 record.
The Broncos post a thrilling, 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns. It began auspiciously, with a poorly fielded squib kickoff knocking the Broncos back to their 2-yard line. In the Broncos’ huddle, tension grew along with the noise from 79,915 fans yelling, barking and brandishing Milk-Bones in honor of their beloved “Dawg Pound” defense. […]
The Broncos fall to the New York Giants 39-20 in Super Bowl XXI.
|9/20||at Green Bay Packers (OT)||17-17|
|9/28||at Cleveland Browns (canceled -- strike)|
|10/12||Los Angeles Raiders||30-14|
|10/18||at Kansas City Chiefs||26-17|
|10/26||at Minnesota Vikings||27-34|
|11/8||at Buffalo Bills||14-21|
|11/22||at Los Angeles Raiders||23-17|
|11/29||at San Diego Chargers||31-17|
|12/6||New England Patriots||31-20|
|12/13||at Seattle Seahawks||21-28|
|12/20||at Kansas City Chiefs||20-17|
|12/27||San Diego Chargers||24-0|
|1/10||Houston Oilers (Divisional Playoff)||34-10|
|1/17||Cleveland Browns (AFC Championship)||38-33|
|1/31||Washington Redskins (Super Bowl XXII)||10-42|
DB Billy Thompson is selected to join the Ring of Fame. He is the only member of the 1987 class.
Safety Steve Foley announces his retirement. “I first thought about retirement after the Super Bowl,” Foley said. “I decided not to make any decisions hastily. I decided to let it go and see if the desire to come back was really there. It wasn’t.”
The Broncos lose 28-27 to the Los Angeles Rams in American Bowl ‘87, a preseason game played in storied Wembley Stadium in London, England.
Under rainy conditions on a muddy Milwaukee County Stadium field, Rich Karlis and Al Del Greco each miss overtime field-goal attempts, consigning the Broncos and Packers to a 17-17 tie. It remains the last deadlock in Broncos history.
The NFL Players Association goes on strike, resulting in the cancellation of games for the weekend of Sept. 28, including a Broncos-Browns game on Monday Night Football. Replacement games begin a week later, with the Broncos losing 40-10 to the Oilers.
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.
As the strike continues, a raucous Monday night Mile High Stadium crowd of 61,230 watches Joe Dudek run for 128 yards and two touchdowns as the Broncos throttle the Raiders, 30-14. A handful of regular Broncos, including Steve Watson, Dave Studdard, Billy Bryan and Keith Kartz, take part.
Denver grabs a 31-17 win over San Diego in the 400th game for both franchises. The contest also marks Dan Reeves’ 100th game as the Broncos’ head coach.
The Broncos win their third AFC West title in four years after shutting out San Diego 24-0 in a blizzard. Denver finishes the season with a 10-4-1 record, becoming the only team in the NFL to post eight 10-win seasons since 1977. Quarterback John Elway is named NFL Most Valuable Player by the Associated Press.
The Broncos advance to the AFC Championship Game with a 34-10 victory over Houston before 75,968 in Mile High Stadium.
Saved by Jeremiah Castille’s strip of Earnest Byner in the closing moments, Denver becomes the first AFC team to win consecutive conference championships since Pittsburgh of 1978-79 by defeating Cleveland 38-33.
The Broncos lose to Washington 42-10 in Super Bowl XXII in San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium.
The Broncos acquire future Hall of Fame RB Tony Dorsett from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a future draft choice.
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.
Oct. 16, 1988: QB Craig Morton, WR Haven Moses and K Jim Turner are inducted into the Ring of Fame at halftime of a 30-14 win over Atlanta.
QB Craig Morton, WR Haven Moses and K Jim Turner are inducted into the Ring of Fame at halftime of a 30-14 win over Atlanta.
In the busiest NFL Supplemental Draft to date, the Broncos use their 1990 first-round pick to take Alabama RB Bobby Humphrey.
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.
Oct. 15, 1989: LB Randy Gradishar is officially inducted into the Ring of Fame at halftime of a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Nov. 26, 1989: The Broncos clinch their third AFC West title in four seasons after a 41-14 victory at home against Seattle.
The Broncos become the only AFC team to win three conference titles in the 1980s with a 37-21 victory over Cleveland in the AFC Championship Game.
Jan. 28, 1990: Denver loses 55-10 to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIV in the Louisiana Superdome.
“You won’t regret picking me,” Shannon Sharpe says after the Broncos take him with the No. 192 overall pick late in the seventh round of the 1990 NFL Draft.
The Broncos defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 10-7 in American Bowl ‘90 played before a sellout audience in the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
Safeties Steve Atwater and Dennis Smith, along with running back Bobby Humphrey, appear in the AFC- NFC Pro Bowl game in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Sept. 1, 1991: Denver records its biggest opening day win ever with a 45-14 pounding of Cincinnati.
Dec. 1, 1991: A 17-7 win at Cleveland clinches a playoff berth for the Broncos.
Dec. 22, 1991: Denver closes out the regular season at 12-4 and wins the AFC West title for the fifth time in eight years.
On January 4, 1992, John Elway and the Broncos faced first-and-10 at their own 2-yard-line. Sounds familiar, right? But even though the Broncos trailed the Houston Oilers by a solitary point, they had over three minutes less time than they did five years earlier at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The Broncos did not have to march […]
Feb. 2, 1992: Gaston Green, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater and Dennis Smith represent the Broncos in the Pro Bowl. S
Tom Jackson is announced as the first Ring of Fame inductee since 1989.
Tom Jackson was the only player inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 1992.
Dec. 28, 1992: Pat Bowlen announces that the franchise will not renew the contract of Dan Reeves, thus creating a coaching vacancy in Denver for the first time since 1981.
Wade Phillips is hired as the 10th head coach in Broncos history, signing a three-year contract as head coach after four seasons as the Broncos’ defensive coordinator.
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.
Oct. 3, 1993: CB Louis Wright is inducted into the Ring of Fame at halftime of a game against Indianapolis.
The Broncos are represented in the annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl by safety Steve Atwater, quarterback John Elway and offensive tackle Gary Zimmerman.
Feb. 6, 1994: The Broncos are represented in Pro Bowl game by John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Karl Mecklenburg, Steve Atwater and Dennis Smith.
|9/4||San Diego Chargers||34-37|
|9/11||at New York Jets||22-25|
|9/18||Los Angeles Raiders||16-48|
|9/26||at Buffalo Bills||20-27|
|10/9||at Seattle Seahawks||16-9|
|10/17||Kansas City Chiefs||28-31|
|10/23||at San Diego Chargers||20-15|
|11/6||at Los Angeles Rams||21-27|
|12/4||at Kansas City Chiefs (OT)||20-17|
|12/11||at Los Angeles Raiders||13-23|
|12/17||at San Francisco 49ers||19-42|
|12/24||New Orleans Saints||28-30|
Among the undrafted rookies signed by the Broncos is Missouri Southern WR Rod Smith.
Dec. 29, 1994: Wade Phillips and his staff are dismissed after two seasons.
Mike Shanahan is hired as the 11th head coach in Broncos history.
|9/10||at Dallas Cowboys||21-31|
|9/24||at San Diego Chargers||6-17|
|10/1||at Seattle Seahawks||10-27|
|10/8||at New England Patriots||37-3|
|10/22||Kansas City Chiefs||7-21|
|11/12||at Philadelphia Eagles||13-31|
|11/19||San Diego Chargers||30-27|
|11/26||at Houston Oilers||33-42|
|12/17||at Kansas City Chiefs||17-20|
|12/24||at Oakland Raiders||31-28|
Aug. 5, 1995: The Broncos defeat the 49ers 24-10 in the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan. At this point, the Broncos are one of just three teams to play in five American Bowl games.
Davis leapt up the depth chart after clobbering San Francisco’s Tyronne Drakeford on a second-half kickoff. But it almost didn’t happen. “You know the hit, but you don’t know the story behind it,” Davis would recall two decades later. “So it was the second preseason game in Tokyo. Well, the first preseason game, I didn’t […]
Nov. 5, 1995: John Elway surpasses the 40,000-yard passing plateau, becoming the seventh player in pro football history to accomplish that feat.
Dec. 10, 1995: Simon Fletcher plays his last home game as a Bronco, having announced his intention to retire before the season.
The Broncos close the season with a 31-28 win at Oakland and post franchise single-season records in seven different offensive categories.
Feb. 4, 1996: Denver is represented in the annual AFC-NFC Pro Bowl by Steve Atwater, Jason Elam, Glyn Milburn, Anthony Miller and Shannon Sharpe. Gary Zimmerman was selected but did not play because of injury.
LB Bill Romanowski signs with the Broncos after spending his previous two seasons with the Eagles. “Romo” becomes one of the team’s most tenacious defenders over the next six seasons, which include two world titles.
|9/1||New York Jets||31-6|
|9/8||at Seattle Seahawks||30-20|
|9/15||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27-23|
|9/22||at Kansas City Chiefs||14-17|
|9/29||at Cincinnati Bengals||14-10|
|10/6||San Diego Chargers||28-17|
|10/27||Kansas City Chiefs||34-7|
|11/4||at Oakland Raiders||22-21|
|11/17||at New England Patriots||34-8|
|11/24||at Minnesota Vikings||21-17|
|12/8||at Green Bay Packers||6-41|
|12/22||at San Diego Chargers||10-16|
|1/4||Jacksonville Jaguars (Divisional Playoff)||27-30|
John Elway signs a five-year, $29.5-million extension that assures the future Hall of Fame QB will finish his playing career with the Broncos.
The Broncos win the AFC West and clinch home-field advantage for the playoffs with a 34-7 win over Seattle.
As the Broncos concluded a season that saw them win a then-franchise-record 13 regular-season games, the honors piled up.
Terrell Davis is named NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and joins three other Broncos as first-team All-Pro performers — Shannon Sharpe, Alfred Williams and Gary Zimmerman.
Denver hosts its first playoff game since Jan. 4, 1992, as the Jacksonville Jaguars come to Mile High Stadium for an AFC Divisional Playoff contest. Jacksonville upset the Broncos, 30-27.
Former CU standout Alfred Williams returns to Colorado, signing with the Broncos. He spends four seasons with Denver, including a 1996 campaign in which he notches a career-high 13 sacks and earns Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors.
The Broncos unveil new uniforms featuring the traditional Broncos orange with a navy blue, and a new helmet logo that features a powerful, dynamic Bronco.
|8/31||Kansas City Chiefs||19-3|
|9/7||at Seattle Seahawks||35-14|
|9/14||St. Louis Rams||35-14|
|9/28||at Atlanta Falcons||29-21|
|10/6||New England Patriots||34-13|
|10/19||at Oakland Raiders||25-28|
|10/26||at Buffalo Bills (OT)||23-20|
|11/16||at Kansas City Chiefs||22-24|
|11/30||at San Diego Chargers||38-28|
|12/7||at Pittsburgh Steelers||24-35|
|12/15||at San Francisco 49ers||17-34|
|12/21||San Diego Chargers||38-3|
|12/27||Jacksonville Jaguars (Wild Card Playoff)||42-17|
|1/4||at Kansas City Chiefs (Divisional Playoff)||14-10|
|1/11||at Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC Championship)||24-21|
|1/25||Green Bay Packers (Super Bowl XXXII)||31-24|
Denver and Miami meet in Mexico City, Mexico, in an American Bowl ‘97 contest won by the Dolphins, 38-19.
The Broncos defeat the Bills 23-20 in overtime at Buffalo’s Rich Stadium, a mere 15 hours after arriving in Buffalo due to a severe snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow on the Denver area with drifts piled several feet higher in some areas.
The Broncos win their fifth AFC Championship by topping the Steelers 24-21 at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Stadium.
The Broncos claim their first World Championship with a 31-24 victory over defending champion Green Bay in Super Bowl XXXII at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
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.
|9/7||at Cincinnati Bengals||30-10|
|9/14||at San Diego Chargers||37-13|
|10/5||at Kansas City Chiefs||23-24|
|10/19||at Minnesota Vikings||20-28|
|10/26||at Baltimore Ravens||6-26|
|11/3||New England Patriots||26-30|
|11/16||San Diego Chargers||37-8|
|11/30||at Oakland Raiders||22-8|
|12/7||Kansas City Chiefs||45-27|
|12/14||Cleveland Browns (OT)||23-20|
|12/21||at Indianapolis Colts||31-17|
|12/28||at Green Bay Packers||3-31|
|1/4||at Indianapolis Colts (AFC WILD CARD)||10-41|
Gary Zimmerman, named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2008, was inducted into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2003.
|9/12||Kansas City Chiefs||34-24|
|9/19||at Jacksonville Jaguars||6-7|
|9/26||San Diego Chargers||23-13|
|10/3||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16-13|
|10/17||at Oakland Raiders||31-3|
|10/25||at Cincinnati Bengals||10-23|
|11/21||at New Orleans Saints||34-13|
|12/5||at San Diego Chargers||17-20|
|12/19||at Kansas City Chiefs||17-45|
|12/25||at Tennessee Titans||37-16|
|1/9||at Indianapolis Colts (AFC WILD CARD)||24-49|
Quarterback John Elway was the Broncos’ first inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to have spent his entire career with the club, playing a franchise-record 16 seasons (1983-1998).
The Broncos acquire DT Gerard Warren from the Browns in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Warren spends two seasons anchoring the interior of the Broncos’ offensive line. Denver also re-signs guard Ben Hamilton, capping two weeks of negotiations.
The Broncos sign free-agent TE Stephen Alexander and bring back LB Keith Burns, who spent the 2004 season with the Buccaneers.
The Broncos sign former No. 1 overall pick Courtney Brown and trade for DE Ebenezer Ekuban and DT Mike Myers. The Broncos send 1,000-yard RB Reuben Droughns to Cleveland for Ekuban and Myers.
|9/11||at Miami Dolphins||10-34|
|9/18||San Diego Chargers||20-17|
|9/26||Kansas City Chiefs||30-10|
|10/2||at Jacksonville Jaguars||20-7|
|10/16||New England Patriots||28-20|
|10/23||at New York Giants||23-24|
|11/13||at Oakland Raiders||31-17|
|11/20||New York Jets||27-0|
|11/24||at Dallas Cowboys (OT)||24-21|
|12/4||at Kansas City Chiefs||27-31|
|12/17||at Buffalo Bills||28-17|
|12/31||at San Diego Chargers||23-7|
|1/14||New England Patriots (Divisional Playoff)||27-13|
|1/22||Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC Championship)||17-34|
A week after agreeing to terms with future Hall of Fame WR Jerry Rice, the 20-season veteran makes his Broncos practice-field debut.
Wide receiver Rod Smith becomes the first undrafted player in NFL history to reach 10,000 career receiving yards with a 19-yard catch from Jake Plummer in the third quarter of a home Monday Night Football game against the Chiefs.
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.
The Broncos tie an NFL record by not committing a turnover for the fourth consecutive game during their victory against New England.
Jake Plummer’s streak of consecutive passes without an interception ends at 229 attempts with a second-quarter interception at Dallas in the Broncos’ 24-21 overtime win against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.
Mike Shanahan becomes the Broncos’ all-time leader in career victories, collecting his 118th career win with Denver’s 12-10 win against Baltimore at INVESCO Field at Mile High. Champ Bailey records an interception for the fifth consecutive game, setting a franchise record.
The Broncos defeat the Patriots 27-13 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game to mark the club’s first postseason victory at INVESCO Field at Mile High and propel the team to the AFC Championship Game.
The No. 6-seeded Steelers came to Denver and ambushed the No. 2-seeded Broncos, dealing a 34-17 defeat that would mark the closest the Broncos came to a Super Bowl in the first decade of the 21st century.
Denver concludes the regular season with a 23-7 win at San Diego, putting the team’s record at 13-3 to tie for the second-most wins in a season in franchise history.
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.
Tackle Gary Zimmerman was the second Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee to have spent a primary portion of his career with the Denver Broncos.
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.
Running Back Floyd Little , elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 6, 2010, and inducted on Aug. 7, 2010, spent all nine of his professional seasons with the Broncos from 1967-75.
Tight end Shannon Sharpe became the third former Bronco to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in three seasons when he was selected on Feb. 5, 2011.
Rod Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, was elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2012.
|9/15||at N.Y. Giants||41-23|
|10/6||at Dallas Cowboys||51-48|
|10/20||at Indianapolis Colts||33-39|
|11/10||at San Diego Chargers||28-20|
|11/17||Kansas City Chiefs||27-17|
|11/24||at New England Patriots||31-34|
|12/1||at Kansas City Chiefs||35-28|
|12/12||San Diego Chargers||20-27|
|12/22||at Houston Texans||37-13|
|12/29||at Oakland Raiders34-14||w|
|1/12||San Diego Chargers (AFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF)||24-17|
|1/19||New England Patriots (AFC CHAMPIONSHIP)||26-16|
|2/2||Seattle Seahawks (SUPER BOWL XLVIII)||8-43|
Tom Nalen was elected into the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2013. He played center for the Broncos for 14 seasons (1994-2007).
The Broncos make another splash in free agency, signing Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward and DeMarcus Ware.
The Broncos sign WR Emmanuel Sanders from the Steelers. A No. 3 receiver in Pittsburgh, Sanders makes a successful transition to an every-down role and in 2014 smashes every previous career standard he had set while making his first Pro Bowl.
|9/14||Kansas City Chiefs||24-17|
|9/21||at Seattle Seahawks (OT)||20-26|
|10/12||at New York Jets||31-17|
|10/19||San Francisco 49ers||42-17|
|10/23||San Diego Chargers||35-21|
|11/2||at New England Patriots||21-43|
|11/9||at Oakland Raiders||41-17|
|11/16||at St. Louis Rams||7-22|
|11/30||at Kansas City Chiefs||29-16|
|12/14||at San Diego Chargers||22-10|
|12/22||at Cincinnati Bengals||28-37|
|1/11||Indianapolis Colts (Divisional Playoff)||13-24|
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.
The Broncos announce that Owner Pat Bowlen has been privately battling Alzheimer’s disease and is no longer able to be part of the team’s daily operations.
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.
Peyton Manning throws three touchdowns against San Francisco to give him 509 for his career, passing Favre (508) for the most in NFL history.
With a host of Broncos from his years with the team joining him, Champ Bailey announces his retirement after 15 NFL seasons.
Chris Harris Jr. agrees to terms on a five-year contract extension. Harris had overcome being undrafted and tearing an ACL in the 2013 postseason to become one of the game’s best cornerbacks. He goes to his first Pro Bowl one month later.
Denver earns a 22-10 victory against San Diego to earn its fourth consecutive AFC West Division title. The game marks the Broncos’ 12th straight divisional road win to tie for the longest such streak in league history.
Denver closes out its regular season with a 47-14 win against Oakland to earn the AFC’s No. 2 playoff seed.
The Broncos and Head Coach John Fox mutually part ways one day after Denver’s 24-13 loss to Indianapolis in the AFC Divisional Playoff.
Former Broncos quarterback and offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is named the 15th head coach in franchise history.
Running back C.J. Anderson becomes the 11th Bronco to be named to the 2015 Pro Bowl, representing the most selections in a single year in team history.
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.
Charley Johnson will become a Ring of Famer and the first QB to leave Denver with a winning record as the starter.
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Super Bowl XXXII Champions
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|RDT||Michael Dean Perry||15|
|CB||Chris Harris Jr.||16|
|S||David Bruton Jr.||1|
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.
Sept. 22, 1974: The Broncos and Steelers play in the first regular-season overtime game, neither team scored in the sudden death period ending in a 35-35 tie.
Denver assures itself of its second consecutive winning season, and Otis Armstrong sets a then-single-game rushing mark of 183 yards in a Broncos win, 37-14 over Houston.
Sept. 29, 1975: The Broncos defeat Green Bay, 23-13, for their first-ever win on Monday Night Football.
Second place, AFC West
Nov. 7, 1976: With two field goals and six extra points, Jim Turner becomes the fifth player in pro football history to surpass 1,200 points.
The Broncos stop Chicago, 28-14, for their ninth win of the season, marking the highest total in Denver history.
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.
Sept. 14, 1980: Denver defeats Dallas, 41-20 for the Broncos’ first-ever win over the Cowboys in regular-season or postseason play.
Feb. 1, 1987: Six Broncos play in the Pro Bowl—Keith Bishop, John Elway, Rulon Jones, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith and Sammy Winder.
Feb. 2, 1986: The Broncos are represented by four players in the Pro Bowl — Rulon Jones, Karl Mecklenburg, Dennis Smith and Louis Wright.
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.