Denver Broncos


The Broncos were born with the American Football League, but out of a proposed third major baseball league that never got off the ground: the Continental League.

With Bob Howsam the driving force, Denver was one of the cities to join the proposed third circuit until Major League Baseball reacted by quickly expanding to Houston, relocating the Washington Senators to Minneapolis-St. and returning the National League to New York City. That led to the quick death of the Continental League, and left Denver with little else on which it could hang its sports hat.

With Bears Stadium expanding by 8,000 seats, Howsam knew he needed a big-league tenant for what had been only a minor-league stadium. The American Football League came along at the right time.

Building Legitimacy

Lou Sabin’s arrival in 1967 as the Broncos’ head coach and general manager offered another sign that the Broncos were serious about moving beyond survival and into contention.

Saban had won two AFL championships as Buffalo’s head coach, and immediately set about finding the pieces that would bring Denver out of the mire of the bottom of the AFL standings. He added defensive linemen Rich “Tombstone” Jackson and Paul Smith, picked cornerback Bill Thompson in the 1969 draft and, with his first first-round pick, tapped Floyd Little, women peyton manning jersey would fashion a Hall of Fame career in orange and blue.

Orange Crush

By 1976, the Broncos were maturing. A series of productive drafts brought together the pieces of what would become one of the most famed defenses in league history.

The Elway Era

Until 1983, the Broncos’ best quarterbacks were hand-me-downs—from the CFL (Frank Tripucka), Houston Oilers (Charley Johnson), and the New York Giants (Craig Morton).

John Elway was different: a freshly-minted athletic wonder that was considered the best quarterback prospect in a generation. And he spent 16 years living up to even the loftiest of expectations — and in turn forever increasing the expectations Broncos fans have of their favorite team.

A New Millennium

For 16 seasons, John Elway gave the Broncos stability and excellence at the game’s most important position. His accomplishments were so vast that the Broncos inducted him into the Ring of Fame and retired his jersey number at halftime of the first regular-season game after his retirement, bypassing the usual waiting period. The next would see the Broncos look for his successor.

The Manning Years

In February 2012, the notion of Peyton Manning in orange and blue seemed unfathomable. The Colts seemed likely to cut him to make way for Andrew Luck, and they did. But the Broncos kept their interest down. They were looking at quarterbacks to s or supplant Tim Tebow — but most of those were potential rookies.

Denver Broncos Logo and Uniform

In 2016, the Broncos’ unveiled a new Color Rush uniform, which the team wore for a Thursday Night game at the San Diego Chargers on October 13, 2016. The uniform kit contained the following features: orange pants, which the team wore for the first time since 1979, orange socks and shoes, along with block-style numerals trimmed in navy blue that mirrored the team’s 1968–1996 uniform style. Due to the NFL’s one-helmet rule implemented in 2013, the helmets remained the same, with the team temporarily replacing the modern primary logo with the throwback “D-horse” logo.