The Denver Broncos were charter members of the American Football League in 1960, but it is hard to remember that they were even in that league, to begin with. The Broncos were the only team that never played in the AFL Title and not only that they also never even had a winning record. Beyond having a star in Running Back, Floyd Little, the team might have folded or relocated. But as they say, time heals everything.
By the mid-'70s, the Broncos would have a defensive unit called the "Orange Crush," and it took them to Super Bowl XII and a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The "D" remained solid for years, but they would later be known for their offense when they traded for Quarterback, John Elway. The Broncos would win the AFC Conference three times in the last half of the 1980s, but they would lose each Super Bowl by wide margins.
Along with Running Back, Terrell Davis, Elway again took the Broncos to the Super Bowl, and he would finally win it all in Super Bowl XXXII and repeated it the following year with a championship win over the Atlanta Falcons in a game that would be Elway's last.
Denver would be up and down after that for the following fifteen seasons and Elway, now the team's General Manager brought in Peyton Manning. Manning would take the team to two Super Bowls, the first a lopsided loss XLVIII to the Seattle Seahawks but backed by a potent defense led by Von Miller, and they would win Super Bowl 50.
This list is up to the end of the 2018 regular season.
Note: Football lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics, and post-season accolades.
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