History of the Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos are in the AFC West Division.
The Denver Broncos are a professional football team based in Denver, Colorado, and are a member of the National Football League (NFL). Here's a brief summary of their history:
Founding and Early Years (1960-1970s): The Denver Broncos were established in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) before the NFL-AFL merger in 1970. In their early years, the team struggled to find consistent success.
The Orange Crush Era (1970s): The Broncos began to rise to prominence in the late 1970s under head coach Red Miller and the "Orange Crush" defense. This era featured standout players like Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, and Lyle Alzado. The team made its first-ever Super Bowl appearance in the 1977 season (Super Bowl XII) but was defeated by the Dallas Cowboys.
John Elway Era (1980s-1990s): The Broncos' fortunes dramatically changed with the arrival of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway in 1983. Under Elway's leadership, the team became a perennial playoff contender. They reached the Super Bowl three times in the late 1980s and early 1990s but suffered defeats each time.
Back-to-Back Super Bowl Victories (1997-1998): The Broncos achieved their first Super Bowl victories in franchise history in back-to-back seasons, winning Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII under the guidance of head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback John Elway.
Peyton Manning Era (2012-2015): In the 2012 season, the Broncos signed future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who led the team to multiple playoff appearances and a Super Bowl appearance in the 2013 season (Super Bowl XLVIII). However, they were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks.
Recent Years: The Broncos were working to re-establish themselves as playoff contenders with a talented roster. The team has seen changes in coaching and quarterback personnel by bringing on Russell Wilson, aiming to recapture their past success.
Empower Field at Mile High: The Broncos play their home games at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, known for its high altitude and passionate fan base.
The Denver Broncos have a rich history marked by moments of success, including Super Bowl victories and legendary players like John Elway and Peyton Manning. They continue to be an integral part of the NFL and are known for their distinctive orange and blue uniforms.