38 Facts About Denver Broncos


Denver Broncos are a professional American football franchise based in Denver.

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The Denver Broncos compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's American Football Conference West division.

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The Broncos are currently owned by the Walton-Penner group, and play their home games at Empower Field at Mile High; Denver previously played its home games at Mile High Stadium from its inception in 1960 through the 2000 season.

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Denver Broncos were barely competitive during their 10-year run in the AFL and their first seven years in the NFL.

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Since 1975, the Denver Broncos have become one of the NFL's most successful teams, having suffered only eleven losing seasons.

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Denver Broncos came close to losing its franchise in 1965, until a local ownership group took control, and rebuilt the team.

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The Denver Broncos were the only original AFL team that never played in the title game, as well as the only original AFL team never to have a winning season while a member of the AFL during the upstart league's 10-year history.

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In 1972, the Denver Broncos hired former Stanford University coach John Ralston as their head coach.

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In five seasons with the Denver Broncos, Ralston guided the team to winning seasons three times.

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However, the Denver Broncos went on the road to face the Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back seasons and were blown out by more than 20 points in each game, allowing a combined 90 points.

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Denver Broncos' defense began the first five games of the 2006 season allowing only one touchdown - an NFL record that still stands.

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Denver Broncos chose to start rookie first-round draft choice Tim Tebow at quarterback for the final three games.

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The Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round on a memorable 80-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the first play of overtime, setting a record for the fastest overtime in NFL history.

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However, the Denver Broncos lost to the New England Patriots in the Divisional round.

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In March 2012, the Denver Broncos reached an agreement on a five-year, $96 million contract with former longtime Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who had recently missed the entire 2011 season following multiple neck surgeries.

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The Denver Broncos broke all offensive records and QB Peyton Manning shattered many QB records that season as well.

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However, the Denver Broncos were defeated by the Indianapolis Colts in the Divisional round of the 2014 playoffs, marking the third time in four seasons that the Denver Broncos lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

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Shortly after Kubiak became head coach, the Denver Broncos underwent numerous changes to their coaching staff and players, including the hiring of defensive coordinator, defensive mastermind Wade Phillips, under whom the Denver Broncos' defense went from middle of the road to being ranked No 1 in the NFL.

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The Denver Broncos acquired Mark Sanchez from the Philadelphia Eagles and selected Paxton Lynch during the 2016 draft.

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Denver Broncos made notable improvements in the defensive secondary, signing former All-Pro cornerback Kyle Fuller and cornerback Ronald Darby, as well as drafting Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II with the ninth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Denver Broncos have three AFC West rivals—the Kansas City Chiefs, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers.

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All teams, along with the Denver Broncos, were charter members of the American Football League, with each team placed in the AFL Western Division.

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Denver Broncos have had several memorable matchups with the Chiefs, particularly during the years in which John Elway was the Denver Broncos' starting quarterback .

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The Denver Broncos defeated the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in the divisional round of the 1997 NFL playoffs, en route to their first Super Bowl victory.

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Denver Broncos had an old rivalry with the Seattle Seahawks, who were members of the AFC West from 1977 to 2001, prior to the Seahawks' move to the NFC West as part of the NFL's 2002 re-alignment.

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The Denver Broncos had the best home record in pro football over a 32-year span from 1974 to 2006 .

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Additionally, The Denver Broncos Post had an official policy of referring to the stadium as simply "Mile High Stadium" in protest, but dropped this policy in 2004.

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In late 2012, the Denver Broncos announced that the stadium would receive $30 million upgrades including a new video board in the south end zone three times larger than the previous display.

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In 1968, the Denver Broncos debuted a design that became known as the "Orange Crush".

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Denver Broncos wore their white jerseys at home throughout the 1971 season, as well as for 1980 home games vs the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys, the latter in hopes to bring out the "blue jersey jinx" which has followed the Cowboys for decades .

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The Denver Broncos wore their white jerseys for 1983 home games vs the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals, but did not wear white at home again for two decades — see next section.

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In 1994, in honor of the 75th anniversary season of the NFL, the Denver Broncos wore their 1965 throwback uniforms for two games—a Week 3 home game against the Raiders, as well a road game at the Buffalo Bills the following week.

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Denver Broncos radically changed their logo and uniforms in 1997, a design that the team continues to use to this day.

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Denver Broncos began wearing navy blue jerseys, replacing their longtime orange jerseys that had been the team's predominant home jersey color since 1962.

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In 2002, the Denver Broncos introduced an alternate orange jersey that is a mirror image of the aforementioned navy blue jerseys, but with orange and navy trading places.

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The Denver Broncos previously wore orange jerseys as a throwback uniform in a Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys in 2001.

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In 2009, in honor of their 50th anniversary season as one of the eight original American Football League teams, the Denver Broncos wore their 1960 throwback uniforms for games against two fellow AFL rivals—a Week 5 home game vs the New England Patriots, as well as the following week at the San Diego Chargers.

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Denver Broncos have a Ring of Fame on the Level 5 facade of Empower Field at Mile High, which honors the following:.

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