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The Denver Broncos are a professional American football team based in Denvermarker, Coloradomarker. They are currently a member of the American Football Conference (AFC) Western Division in the National Football League (NFL). The Broncos began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League and joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL Merger. They play at Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker.

Franchise history


The Denver Broncos were founded on August 14, 1959 when minor league baseball owner Bob Howsam was awarded an American Football League charter franchise.The Broncos won the first-ever American Football League game over the Boston Patriots, 13–10, on September 9, 1960. On August 5, 1967, they became the first ever AFL team to defeat an NFL team after beating the Detroit Lions, 13–7, in a preseason game. Overall the Broncos were not successful in the 1960s, compiling a record of 39–97–4 in the league. However, the Broncos first superstar was "Franchise" Floyd Little, (due to his signing in 1967 and his Pro Bowl efforts on and off the field, he was instrumental in keeping the team in Denver).

Denver's franchise started out rough, managing its first winning season in 1973 after thirteen years of futility. They were the only original AFL team never to have played in the title game during the upstart league's 10-year history. Denver came close to losing its franchise in 1965, but a local ownership group took control that year and began to rebuild the team.

In 1972, the Broncos hired John Ralston as their Head Coach. Previous to joining the Broncos, Ralston was the Head Coach at Stanford Universitymarker. The following year, 1973, he was UPI's choice as AFC Coach of the Year after Denver achieved its first-ever-winning season at 7-5-2. In five seasons with the Broncos, Ralston guided the team to winning seasons three times, the franchise's only three winning seasons up to that time. Even though Ralston finished the 1976 season with a winning record of 9-5, the team, as was the case in Ralston’s previous winning seasons, still failed to qualify for the playoffs. Following the 1976 season several prominent players publicly voiced their discontent with Ralston’s leadership which soon led to his dismissal by the team owner.

Rookie coach, Red Miller, along with the Orange Crush Defense (a nickname originating in the early '70's, also the name of a popular soda pop) and aging quarterback Craig Morton, promptly took the Broncos to their first playoff appearance in 1977 (and ultimately first Super Bowl, where they were defeated by the Dallas Cowboys, 27–10).

In 1981 Broncos owner Gerald Phipps, who had purchased the team in May 1961 from the original owner Bob Howsam, sold the team to Canadian Financier, Edgar Kaiser, Jr., grandson of shipbuilding industrialist Henry J. Kaiser.

Quarterback John Elway arrived in 1983. Originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts as the first pick of the draft, Elway proclaimed that he would shun football in favor of baseball (he was drafted by the New York Yankees to play center field and was also a pitching prospect), unless he was traded to a selected list of other teams, which included Denver. Prior to Elway, Denver had over 24 different starting quarterbacks in its 23 seasons to that point. Elway would remain the quarterback through five Super Bowls, as he and the Broncos won two of them. He would also end his career as the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIII. He then went on to help the AFC win the Pro Bowl, his last NFL game. The Broncos lost Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants, 39–20; Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins, 42–10; and Super Bowl XXIV to the San Francisco 49ers, 55–10, the most lopsided scoring differential in Super Bowl history.

In 1995, the Broncos debuted a new head coach, Mike Shanahan, and a new rookie running back, Terrell Davis. In 1996, the Broncos were the top seed in the AFC with a 13-3 record dominating most of the teams that year. Unfortunately, an upstart 3 year old 5th seed wildcard Jacksonville Jaguars pushed the Broncos Super Bowl dreams back a year by beating the Broncos, 30-27, in what many consider the second greatest upset in NFL history. During the 1997 season, both would help guide the Broncos to their first Super Bowl victory, a 31–24 win over the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII. Although Elway completed only 12 of 22 passing attempts, throwing one interception and no touchdowns (he did, however, have a rushing touchdown), Davis rushed for 157 yards and a Super Bowl-record three touchdowns to earn the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award - this while overcoming a severe migraine headache that caused him blurred vision. The Broncos repeated as Super Bowl champions the following season, defeating the Atlanta Falcons (led by Elway's longtime head coach Dan Reeves) in Super Bowl XXXIII, 34–19. Elway was named Super Bowl MVP, throwing for 336 yards and a touchdown (the touchdown pass being an 80-yard pass play to wide receiver Rod Smith). Elway also had a rushing touchdown.

Overall, Denver has reached the Super Bowl six times, winning it in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

After Elway: 1999–2004

Elway retired following the 1998/1999 season. Since then, Denver has only had two losing seasons (1999, 2007). The team has made the playoffs as a wild card three times (2000, 2003, and 2004) and won the division once (2005). However, the Broncos have won only one playoff game since Elway's retirement. Prior to the 2005 season, they were plagued by late-season flops following early-season success. In both 2003 and 2004, they started the season 5–1 and ended 10–6. In 2005, the Broncos would have a much-improved season, going 13–3 and earning a bye week in the playoffs with the #2 seed in the AFC. They would finally win a playoff game without Elway, defeating the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, 27–13, ending the Patriots' 10-game playoff winning streak. The following weekend, the Broncos hosted the AFC Championship and were defeated by the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, 34–17.

In the years since Elway's retirement, it has become obvious that the Denver fans and media expect Elway-like perfection from the quarterback position. Both Brian Griese and Jake Plummer have faced severe scrutiny in attempting to succeed Elway as the team’s quarterback. Elway’s jersey remains the most frequently worn at Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker, with the crowd generally voicing their loudest ovations when his name is mentioned or shown. Many members of the media have run stories and articles on the pressures that come with playing quarterback in Denver, as most fans believe no player will ever live up the standard set by Elway.

Elway’s overwhelming popularity in Colorado is generally attributed to a number of factors, including the extensive length of time spent on the team at the league’s premier position, his leading of 4th quarter comebacks, his community work throughout the state and retiring directly after two Super Bowl wins (the last of which being his final game of his career in which he was Super Bowl MVP).


After losing their first game, 34–10, to the Miami Dolphins on September 11, the Broncos won five straight games, defeating the San Diego Chargers, 20–17, the Kansas City Chiefs, 30–10, the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20–7, the Washington Redskins, 21–19, and the two-time defending champion New England Patriots, 28–20, on October 16. Denver lost the next game to the New York Giants on October 23 by a final score of 24–23. The following week, the Broncos beat the defending NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, 49–21, on October 30. In that game, the Broncos became the first team in NFL history to have two players, Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell, rush for over 100 yards and another player, Jake Plummer, pass for over 300 yards in a single game. Denver then beat the Oakland Raiders on November 13, 31–17. The next game, the Broncos defeated the New York Jets in Denver on November 20, 27–0. It was the first time the Broncos had shut out a team at home since the Carolina Panthers on November 9, 1997. Denver then went on to beat the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving day, November 24, winning in overtime, 24–21, on a Jason Elam 24-yard game-winning field goal. One of the key plays prior to the field goal was a 55-yard run by Ron Dayne, who filled in for the injured Tatum Bell. Denver lost to the Chiefs in the next game, 31–27, on December 4, but won against the Baltimore Ravens the following week, 12–10. On December 17, the Broncos defeated the Buffalo Bills, 28–17. On Christmas Eve 2005, the Broncos clinched the AFC West division title, as they finished with a record 8–0 at Invesco Field by defeating the Oakland Raiders, 22–3. On December 31, 2005, the Broncos got season-win number 13 in a season-sweeping on the road against their division rivals, the Chargers, with a final score of 23–7.

The Broncos entered the playoffs for the third consecutive year with the momentum of a four-game winning streak. Denver finished the regular season with a record of 13–3, tying them with the Seattle Seahawks for second best overall record in the league, behind the 14–2 Indianapolis Colts. Denver was seeded number two in the AFC behind the Colts. On January 14, 2006, the Broncos defeated the two-time defending champion New England Patriots, 27–13, in the divisional round - ending the Patriots chance of becoming the first NFL team ever to win three consecutive Super Bowl championships. The last team with a chance of winning three consecutive Super Bowls before the Patriots were the Broncos themselves. The Broncos' playoff run came to an end after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship, 34–17, on January 22, 2006. Denver turned the ball over four times and were outscored in the first half, 24–3. The Steelers went on to win Super Bowl XL.


In 2006, the Denver Broncos had high hopes among the league in being able to compete for the Super Bowl title. The Broncos defense started off the first five games of the season allowing only one touchdown, an NFL record, but struggled down the season stretch. Jake Plummer, the starting quarterback at the season's inception, led the team to a 7–2 record only to lose 2 straight and be replaced by rookie quarterback Jay Cutler, drafted in the first round out of Vanderbilt.

Cutler's first game as a starter was a home game against the Seattle Seahawks on December 3, 2006. He threw for 143 yards, along with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in a loss. Cutler would go on to lead Denver to two victories and three losses as a starter in the season. The most impressive win was in an away game over the Arizona Cardinals on December 17, 2006. During the game, Cutler launched a 68-yard touchdown to Javon Walker on the third play from scrimmage.

The Broncos' season ended with an unexpected loss to the San Francisco 49ers, which eliminated the team from playoff contention. Cutler was knocked out of part of the game from a blow he took from a 49er defender, giving him a concussion. Hours after the season ending loss, on January 1, 2007, Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams was shot around 2:10 a.m. on West 11th Avenue and Speer Boulevard in downtown Denver and died at 2:30 a.m. He was in a Hummer H2 limousine. Former Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker was also in the limousine, but he was not injured. A mere 50 days after the fatal shooting, running back Damien Nash collapsed and died suddenly on February 24, 2007, following a charity basketball game in his hometown of St. Louismarker, Missourimarker.


Denver Broncos entrance
The Broncos traded running back Tatum Bell and offensive tackle George Foster to the Detroit Lions for former Pro Bowl cornerback Dre' Bly to compensate for the unfortunate loss of Williams. In addition to the trade for Bly, the Broncos had made a trade to the Miami Dolphins for Dan Wilkinson, only to have that trade voided because Wilkinson did not show up to Denver for his scheduled physical.

Denver added running back Travis Henry, wide receiver Brandon Stokley, and tight end Daniel Graham through free agency. The team released linebacker Al Wilson during the month of April for health and salary cap reasons. Simeon Rice was also added to their roster with a one-year deal. The Broncos also resigned punter Todd Sauerbrun to help their special teams.

The first game of the season was on the road against the Buffalo Bills, which they won with a last second field goal kick by Jason Elam that put them up 15-14 as time expired.

In game two, the Oakland Raiders seemed to claim victory on a Sebastian Janikowski field goal in overtime, but a last second time-out called by coach Mike Shanahan negated that kick, and the subsequent kick hit the field-goal post. Jay Cutler then marched the Broncos down the field, and Jason Elam kicked the game winning field goal for the second week in a row.

In the seventh game of the season, the Broncos played and lost a Monday Night Football home game against the Green Bay Packers. There were 77,160 tickets distributed for the game, which is a franchise record. 76,645 fans attended the game.

Suffering through several injuries to players such as Rod Smith, Tom Nalen, Ben Hamilton, Javon Walker, Jarvis Moss and Ebenezer Ekuban, the Broncos finished the season with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs.

2008: The Shanahan era ends

Denver Broncos playing against the San Diego Chargers

The Broncos won their first 3 games of the season against the Oakland Raiders, 41-14, San Diego Chargers, 39-38, and New Orleans Saints, 34-32, before losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 33-19, in week 4. They went on to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 16-13, before losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-17, the New England Patriots, 41-7, and after their bye week the Miami Dolphins, 26-17. Week 10 and 11 brought the Broncos 2 wins against the Cleveland Browns, 34-30, and the Atlanta Falcons, 24-20. However they lost against the Oakland Raiders, 31-10, the following week. They beat the New York Jets, 34-17, and the Kansas City Chiefs, 24-17. Week 15 started the disappointing string of losses that ended the Broncos attempts at the 2008 playoffs. They lost to the Carolina Panthers, 30-10, and then to the Buffalo Bills, 30-23. By week 17 the Broncos were still leading the AFC West, with a 8-7 record, and had promises of beating the San Diego Chargers, who had a 7-8 record. However on December 28, 2008 the Broncos lost to the San Diego Chargers leaving both teams at 8-8. They would be the first team in NFL history to enter the final three weeks of a regular season with a three-game lead and lose all three games. Based on the San Diego Chargers AFC West record of 5-1 to the Broncos 3-3, the San Diego Chargers clinched the AFC West.

On December 30, 2008 Shanahan was fired as head coach and on January 11, Josh McDaniels was hired as the new Broncos coach.

Ending a turbulent transition period from Mike Shanahan to Josh McDaniels, on April 2, 2009, the team resorted to trading Pro Bowl QB Jay Cutler and a fifth round draft pick from the Broncos to the Chicago Bears for Kyle Orton, 2 first-round draft picks, and a third round pick.


In the 2009 NFL Draft the Denver Broncos drafted running back Knowshon Moreno and linebacker/defensive end Robert Ayers in the first round. Weeks 1 through 6 of the 2009 regular season saw the Broncos jump out to a surprising 6-0 with a 3.5 game lead in the AFC West Division. Led by the new quarterback Kyle Orton, the Broncos won the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals 12-7 with an 87 yard touchdown pass dubbed the "Immaculate Deflection" to Brandon Stokley with only 11 seconds left in the game. The Broncos then won their second and third games with convincing 27-6 and 23-3 wins against the lowly Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, respectively. In Week 4, the Broncos faced their second real test against the Dallas Cowboys. They mounted a fourth quarter comeback to take the game 17-10, with a touchdown catch and run of 51 yards made by Brandon Marshall and a goal line stand against the Cowboys in the closing seconds. Through four weeks, the Broncos defense gave up a league-best 8.5 points per game. In Week 5, the New England Patriots came to Denver, giving Head Coach Josh McDaniels has first chance to get the better of his mentor, Patriots coach Bill Belichick. The Broncos won 20-17 in overtime on a 41 yard field goal kicked by Matt Prater. In Week 6, the Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 34-23 in San Diego. Heading into their Week 7 bye, the Broncos were 6-0 and their closest division competition was San Diego at 2-3. All that began to change, however, when the Baltimore Ravens handed the Broncos their first loss of the season in Week 8, defeating them 30-7. In Week 9, the Broncos played at home against the defending champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The Steelers took a 7-3 halftime lead that the Broncos ultimately were unable to overcome and they went on to win 28-10, dropping the once-undefeated Broncos to 6-2. Week 10 brought what the Broncos were hoping would serve as a game to end their losing streak: a visit to Landover, Maryland, to play the lowly Washington Redskins. With two long touchdown passes to a wide-open Brandon Marshall, Kyle Orton led the Broncos to a 17-14 halftime lead, but on the second-to-last offensive play of the half, Orton went down with a left ankle sprain and he did not play the rest of the game. Back-up quarterback Chris Simms played the second half for the Broncos and went 3-for-13 passing for only 13 yards. The Redskins capitalized on the lack of offense from the Broncos and went on to win 27-17. With the loss to the Redskins, the Broncos fell to 6-3 and saw their lead in the AFC West completely evaporate as the Chargers improved to 6-3 to tie Denver going into their second and final match-up of the season at Invesco Field in Week 11. In that game, the Chargers completely dominated as the ineffective Chris Simms and injured Kyle Orton could not get the Broncos in gear. The Chargers won 32-3 to move to 7-3 and drop the Broncos to 6-4. On Thanksgiving Day, the Broncos faced the New York Giants and got back to their winning ways with a decisive 26-6 victory, in which the revived defense only allowed 38 yards of offense in the first half. Current record: 7-4, 0.5 games behind the Chargers in the AFC West.

Remaining schedule: Dec 6 @ KC, Dec 13 @ IND, Dec 20 vs OAK, Dec 27 @ PHI, Jan 3 vs KC


Kansas City Chiefs

*First met in 1960
*53-44 Kansas City leads series (Denver leads playoffs 1-0)
*Signature moment: Former 49ers quarterback Joe Montana finished his career in Kansas City, and led the Chiefs to a memorable comeback at Denver's Mile High Stadiummarker.
*Signature moment: After suffering a defeat at the hands of the Chiefs in the regular season, Denver went on to beat Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium in the playoffs, eventually winning Super Bowl XXXII.

Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

*First met in 1960
*55-41-2 Oakland leads series (Playoffs tied 1-1)
*Signature moment: The Broncos beat the Raiders in 1977 to win their first AFC Championship.
*Signature moment: In the 1993 season finale, the Raiders scored an overtime victory against the Broncos to make the playoffs, setting up another game between the two in Los Angeles the following week. Outspoken Raiders' owner Al Davis commented before the playoff game that the Broncos were "scared to death of us". Despite the Broncos' protestations to the contrary, the Raiders made their owner's words stand up, winning 42-24.
*Signature moment: In 1995, former Raider coach Mike Shanahan, who was at the time in an ongoing contract dispute with Davis, became Denver's head coach, heightening an already contentious AFC West rivalry. During Shanahan's time as head coach, The Broncos were 21–7 against Oakland.
*Signature moment: In 2007, as Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a field goal during overtime, Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan called a timeout right before Janikowski made it. After the timeout Janikowski again attempted the field goal but this time it hit the upright and was no good.

San Diego Chargers

*First met in 1960
*54-45-1 Denver leads series (No playoff matches)
*Signature moment: Dennis Smith blocks two consecutive field goal attempts - November 17, 1985 - San Diego takes the ball to the Broncos 24 in the first overtime possession. Dennis Smith blocks a Bob Thomas field goal attempt only to see the block brought back by a time-out Denver had mistakenly called. Thomas tries a second attempt and this try is also blocked by Smith and returned by Louis Wright for a 60 yard touchdown and the win.
*Signature moment: September 14, 2008 - With 52 seconds remaining in the game, the Chargers were leading 38-31. The Broncos hiked the ball on 2nd & Goal from the Chargers 1 yard line. Jay Cutler began to roll out to the right and before he brought his arm forward he fumbled the ball, which was then recovered by Tim Dobbins of the Chargers. However, referee Ed Hochuli had blown the play dead as he believed it to be an incomplete pass, so the ball was returned to the Broncos at the 10 yard line (the spot where the ball hit the ground after the incomplete pass). Two plays later, on 4th & Goal from the 4, Jay Cutler completed a touchdown pass to rookie Eddie Royal, bringing the score to 38-37, Chargers lead. Instead of kicking a PAT to tie the game and most likely send it to overtime, Coach Mike Shanahan opted for the 2-point conversion. Jay Cutler completed the conversion with another pass to Royal, giving the Broncos the controversial 39-38 win. However, San Diego would have their revenge with an emphatic 52-21 win in Week 17 denying the Broncos a place in the playoffs.

Cleveland Browns

*First met in 1971
*18–5 Denver leads series (Denver leads playoffs 3–0)
*Signature moment: Over three playoffs in four years, Cleveland lost to Denver in the AFC Championship game. In January 1987, after the 1986 season, John Elway led "The Drive" to secure a tie in the waning moments at old Cleveland Municipal Stadiummarker; the Broncos would go on to win in overtime. In January 1988, at Mile High Stadium, after the 1987 season, Cleveland nearly had its own comeback drive, but Earnest Byner's costly fumble at the goal line saved the day for Denver. The game after the 1989 season was not as close, easily won by the Broncos.
*Signature Moment: Entering 2008 the most recent Cleveland victory in the rivalry was on October 8, 1990 in Mile High Stadium. The Broncos led 29–20 in the fourth quarter but Bernie Kosar led a touchdown drive and then Jerry Kauric kicked a 30-yard field goal for a 30–29 Browns win.

Logos and uniforms

Denver Broncos uniform combination.
The team primarily wears the navy blue pants for primetime home games.
Denver Broncos uniform: 1968-1996.
The team briefly wore orange pants with the road jerseys between 1969-71 and 1978-79.

Broncos alternate logo (1997-present)

When the Broncos debuted in 1960, their original uniforms were vilified by the public. It consisted of brown helmets, brown pants (some had a satin sheen, some didn't), white and mustard yellow jerseys, and vertically striped socks. The club eventually got rid of these jerseys two years later, and celebrated the occasion by holding a public bonfire to burn the striped socks.

The team then unveiled a new logo featuring a bucking horse, and changed their team colors to orange, royal blue and white. The 1962 uniform designed by Laura North-Allen, consisted of white pants, orange helmets, and either orange or white jerseys.

In 1968, the Broncos debuted a design that became known as the "Orange Crush." Their logo was redesigned so that the horse was coming out of a "D". Also, the helmets were changed to royal blue, thin stripes were put onto the sleeves, and other minor modifications were added. From 1969 to 1971, and again from 1978 to 1979, the team wore orange pants with their white jerseys.

The Broncos wore their white jerseys at home throughout the 1971 season, and again for a 1980 home game vs. the Dallas Cowboys, hoping to bring out the "blue jersey jinx" which has followed the Cowboys for decades (it worked, Denver won 41-20). Denver wore its white jerseys at home for 1983 games vs. the Philadelphia Eagles and Los Angeles Raiders, but would not wear white at home again for two decades (see below).

The club then radically changed their logo and uniforms in 1997, a design that they continue to use to this day. The current logo is a profile of a horse's head, with orange hair and navy blue outlines. They began wearing navy blue jerseys, replacing their longtime orange jerseys. This new uniform design also features a streak that runs down the sides of both the jerseys and the pants; it's orange on the navy blue jerseys, and navy on the white jerseys. When they debuted, these uniforms were, again, vilified by the press and fans, until the Broncos won their first ever Super Bowl in the new design that same season.

In 2002, the Broncos introduced an alternate orange jersey with a navy blue stripe going up the sides. The orange trades places with the navy blue on this alternate jersey, as it becomes the dominant color while the navy blue complements. This jersey was most recently used in a November 9, 2009 game vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. Former head coach Mike Shanahan was not a big fan of the alternate orange jerseys. The Broncos previously wore orange jerseys as a throwback uniform in a Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys in 2001.

The team also introduced navy blue pants in 2003, with orange stripes to be worn with the navy blue jerseys. These pants are primarily worn for primetime home games, and were most recently used in a 2009 Thanksgiving night game vs. the New York Giants. Although they were part of the uniform change in 1997 and most players wanted to wear them, the only player who vetoed wearing them was John Elway, thereby delaying their eventual introduction. An oddity of their pants are that the home white pants have an orange stripe, but the road white pants have a navy blue stripe.

On November 16, 2003, the Broncos wore their white jerseys at home for the first time since 1983, in a game vs. the San Diego Chargers. This was compensation for a uniform mix-up after the teams' first meeting in Week 2 at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadiummarker earlier that season, when the Chargers were the team that was supposed to declare their uniform color. The Chargers were planning to wear their white jerseys, but the visiting Broncos came to the stadium in white, and were fined $25,000 by the NFL as a result. When the two teams met at Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker later that season (Week 11), the NFL allowed the visiting Chargers to choose their uniform color in advance, and they chose navy blue, forcing the Broncos to wear their white jerseys at home.

In 2009, in honor of their 50th anniversary season as one of the eight original AFL teams, the Broncos wore their 1960 throwback uniforms (brown helmets, mustard yellow and brown jerseys) for games vs. the New England Patriots (October 11) and at the San Diego Chargers (October 19).

Home field

Invesco Field at Mile High
For most of their history they played in Mile High Stadiummarker, which became one of the shrines of professional football for its record ongoing streak of sellouts. The AFL Broncos played at the University of Denvermarker's Hilltop Stadium from time to time, including the first-ever victory of an AFL team over an NFL team: The Broncos beat the Detroit Lions on Aug. 5, 1967, in a preseason game.

The team has sold out every home game (including post-season games) since the NFL merger in 1970, with the exception of two replacement games during the 1987 strike (but both were sold out before the strike). During home games, the attendance is announced to the crowd, along with the number of no-shows (the fans subsequently boo the no-shows).

The stadium's legendary home-field advantage is regarded as one of the best in the NFL, especially during the post-season. The Broncos have had the best home record in pro football over the past 32 years (1974–2006, 191–65–1). Mile High Stadiummarker was one of the NFL's loudest stadiums, with steel flooring instead of concrete, which may have given the Broncos an advantage over opponents.

Since 2001, they have played at Invesco Field at Mile Highmarker, built next to the former site of the since demolished old Mile High Stadiummarker. Sportswriter Woody Paige, along with many of Denver's fans, however, often refuse to call the new stadium by its full name, preferring to use Mile High Stadium because of its storied history and sentimental import. Additionally the Denver Post had an official policy of referring to the stadium as simply "Mile High Stadium" in protest, but dropped this policy in 2004.

The Colorado altitude has also been attributed as part of the team's home success. The stadium displays multiple references to the stadium's location of above sea level, including a prominent mural just outside the visiting team's locker room.


Season-by-season records

Head-To-head records vs. opponents

Includes postseason records.
Team Won Lost Tied Percentage First Meeting at Denver Last Meeting vs. Denver Postseason
Date Result Date Result
Arizona Cardinals 7 0 1 1.000 12/29/2002 W 37-7 12/07/2006 W 37-20
Atlanta Falcons 8 4 0 .667 10/31/2004 L 28-41 11/16/2008 W 24-20 1-0
Baltimore Ravens 3 4 0 .429 10/09/2006 W 13-3 11/01/2009 L 7-30 0-1
Buffalo Bills 15 18 1 .455 12/21/2008 L 23-30 09/09/2007 W 15-14 0-1
Carolina Panthers 2 1 0 .667 10/10/2004 W 20-17 12/14/2008 L 10-30
Chicago Bears 6 7 0 .462 11/23/2003 L 10-19 11/25/2007 L 34-37 (OT)
Cincinnati Bengals 17 8 0 .680 12/24/2006 W 24-23 09/13/2009 W 12-7
Cleveland Browns 18 5 0 .783 09/20/2009 W 27-6 11/06/2008 W 34-30 3-0
Dallas Cowboys 6 4 0 .600 10/04/2009 W 17-10 11/24/2005 W 24-21 (OT) 0-1
Detroit Lions 6 4 0 .600 09/28/2003 W 20-16 11/04/2007 L 7-44
Green Bay Packers 5 5 1 .500 10/29/2007 L 13-19 (OT) 12/28/2003 L 3-31 1-0
Houston Texans 1 1 0 .500 11/07/2004 W 31-13 12/13/2007 L 13-31
Indianapolis Colts 11 6 0 .647 10/29/2006 L 31-34 09/30/2007 L 20-38 0-2
Jacksonville Jaguars 3 4 0 .429 10/12/2008 L 17-24 10/02/2005 W 20-7 1-1
Kansas City Chiefs 44 53 0 .454 12/07/2008 W 24-17 09/28/2008 L 19-33 1-0
Miami Dolphins 3 11 1 .214 11/02/2008 L 17-26 09/11/2005 L 10-34 1-0
Minnesota Vikings 5 7 0 .417 12/30/2007 W 22-19 (OT) 10/19/2003 L 20-28
New England Patriots 25 16 0 .610 10/11/2009 W 20-17 (OT) 10/20/2008 L 7-41 2-0
New Orleans Saints 7 2 0 .778 09/21/2008 W 34-32 11/21/2004 W 34-13
New York Giants 5 5 0 .500 11/26/2009 W 26-6 10/23/2005 L 23-24 0-1
New York Jets 16 14 1 .533 11/20/2005 W 27-0 11/30/2008 W 34-17 1-0
Oakland Raiders 41 55 2 .427 11/23/2008 L 10-31 09/27/2009 W 23-3 1-1
Philadelphia Eagles 4 6 0 .400 10/30/2005 W 49-21 11/12/1995 L 13-31
Pittsburgh Steelers 13 7 1 .650 11/09/2009 L 10-28 11/05/2006 W 31-20 3-3
St. Louis Rams 5 6 0 .455 09/08/2002 W 23-16 09/10/2006 L 10-18
San Diego Chargers 54 45 1 .545 11/22/2009 L 3-32 10/19/2009 W 34-23
San Francisco 49ers 6 5 0 .545 12/31/2006 L 23-26 (OT) 09/15/2002 W 24-14 0-1
Seattle Seahawks 33 18 0 .647 12/03/2006 L 20-23 11/17/2002 W 31-9 0-1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 2 0 .714 10/05/2008 W 16-13 10/03/2004 W 16-13
Tennessee Titans 13 20 1 .394 11/19/2007 W 34-20 12/25/2004 W 37-16 2-1
Washington Redskins 6 5 0 .545 10/09/2005 W 21-19 11/15/2009 L 17-27 0-1
Total 393 348 10 .530 17-15 (.531)

Players of note

Current roster

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Retired numbers

Ring of Fame

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

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

  • 23 Goose Gonsoulin, S, 1960-66
  • 44 Floyd Little, RB, 1967-75
  • 87 Lionel Taylor, WR, 1960-66
  • 87 Rich Jackson, DE, 1967-72
  • Gerald Phipps, team owner, 1961-81
  • 18 Frank Tripucka, QB, 1960-63
  • 36 Billy Thompson, CB, 1969-81
  • 7 Craig Morton, QB, 1977-82
  • 25 Haven Moses, WR, 1972-81
  • 53 Randy Gradishar, LB, 1976-83
  • 57 Tom Jackson, LB, 1973-86
  • 80 Rick Upchurch, WR, 1975-83
  • 20 Louis Wright, S, 1975-86
  • Red Miller, Head Coach, 1977-80
  • Dan Reeves, Head Coach, 1981-92
  • 7 John Elway, QB, 1983-98
  • 77 Karl Mecklenburg, LB, 1983-94
  • 84 Shannon Sharpe, TE, 1990-99, 2002-03
  • 30 Terrell Davis, RB, 1995-2001


Head coaches

Current staff

Radio and television

, the Broncos' flagship radio station was KOAmarker, 850AM, a 50,000-watt station owned by Clear Channel Communications. Dave Logan is the play-by-play announcer; he starred for the Colorado Buffaloes before beginning his NFL career, spent mostly with the Cleveland Browns. Various hosts will fill in as the color commentator. Preseason games not selected for airing on national television are shown on KCNCmarker, channel 4, which is a CBS owned-and-operated station, as well as other CBS affiliates around the Rocky Mountain region.


  3. James Paton "Clock runs out for ex-Broncos owner" October 2, 2008 Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado,
  6. Stadium Stories, 156.
  9. Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos - Game Photos - November 9, 2009
  11. Mile High Report
  13. Pro Football Reference, 2009, retrieved on 2009-08-04

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