The Denver Broncos have become one of the nation's best and most popular football franchises. They were founded in 1960 as a member of the American Football League (AFL). They joined the NFL when the AFL and NFL merged in 1970. Since then, they have become a very successful franchise with 6 AFC conference championships and 2 Super Bowl victories. The Broncos franchise and fans have a strong history. With new quarterback Peyton Manning leading the Broncos offense, and Von Miller and Champ Bailey leading the Broncos defense, the Broncos look to have a strong future as well.
All Time Regular Season Record: 407-374-10
Conference Championships: 6 (1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998)
Super Bowl Championships: 2 (1997, 1998)
Team Colors: Navy Blue/Orange
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High (often just referred to as Mile High)
-Famous for its high altitude, which is seen as a home-field advantage for the Broncos.
Mascots: Miles and Thunder
Rivals: Traditionally, the Broncos' biggest rival has been the Oakland Raiders. The San Diego Chargers are also seen as a division rival, but the rivalry is not nearly as strong as the Raiders vs. Broncos rivalry.
-Incomplete Chant: The most common fan chant that occurs during a Broncos home game is when the opposing team throws an incomplete pass. The crowd will loudly chant "IN-COM-PLETE" after every incomplete pass.
-Mile High Salute: The Mile High Salute grew from the touchdown celebration salutes of famous Broncos running back Terrell Davis. To this day, players and fans alike will often give a Mile High Salute to celebrate a Broncos touchdown.
Hall of Famers:
-John Elway (Inducted in 2004): John Elway is the most famous Denver Bronco of all time, and one of the most famous and best quarterbacks in NFL history. Elway played quarterback for the Broncos his entire NFL career from 1983-1998. According to Pro-Football-Reference, Elway is the Broncos' all-time leading passer with 51,457 passing yards in his career. His major accomplishments include 2 Super Bowl championships, 9 Pro Bowl selections, and the NFL MVP award in 1987. Elway is still very active with the Broncos organization as he is currently the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos.
-Gary Zimmerman (Inducted in 2008): Gary Zimmerman was on offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos from 1993-1997. His total NFL career spanned from 1986-1997. Zimmerman was selected to 7 Pro Bowls, and he was also selected as a member of the All-Decade teams for both the 1980s and the 1990s.
-Floyd Little (Inducted in 2010): Floyd Little was a running back for the Denver Broncos his entire NFL career, which spanned from 1967-1975. Little was a 5 time Pro Bowler, and he amassed a total of 6,323 rushing yards in his career.
-Shannon Sharpe (Inducted in 2011): Arguably one of the best tight ends ever to play the game, Shannon Sharpe played for the Broncos for 12 out of his 14 years in the league. Sharpe was in the NFL from 1990-2003. Sharpe was selected for the Pro Bowl 8 times, and he held many franchise receiving records when he retired in 2003.
Most Notable Current Players:
-Peyton Manning: Manning is in his first season as a Denver Bronco. Prior to joining the Broncos, Manning spent fourteen seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. Manning missed the entire 2011 season due to injury. Manning has thrown for over 400 touchdowns and 55,000 passing yards in his career. He seems to be healthy in 2012 and is striving to get his elite quarterback status back this season as the Broncos starting quarterback.
-Willis McGahee: McGahee is in his second season as the Denver Broncos starting running back. He had a good season in 2011, rushing for almost 1,200 yards. If McGahee can stay healthy, he will continue to be one of the Broncos' best weapons on offense.
-Von Miller: Miller is one of the most exciting defensive players in the NFL, and 2012 is only his second year in the NFL. He amassed 11.5 sacks in his rookie season as a linebacker for the Broncos and has had a solid start in the 2012 season. He is arguably the best player on the Broncos defense and should be for years to come.
-Champ Bailey: Bailey has been known as one of the league's best cornerbacks for over a decade. He is the leader and heart of the Broncos defense. While he may not be as fast as he once was, he is still playing elite defense in his 14th season in the league.
-Wesley Woodyard: Woodyard is the Broncos' other elite young linebacker. After a breakout season in 2011, Woodyard has continued to impress in 2012. He seems poised and ready to be one of the Broncos' leading tacklers this season.
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