The Denver Broncos entered the American Football League (AFL) and joined the NFL as part of a merger in 1970. The initial stint wasn’t smooth, to say the least, and the Broncos weren’t competitive during the 10-year run in the AFL. Their woes continued into the early days of the NFL as well. Chiefly, they did not have a winning season until 1973.
Four years later, the Denver Broncos qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and advanced to Super Bowl XII. Their fortune turned for the better after 1975 and the club only suffered nine losing seasons. They scalped eight AFC Championships and three Super Bowl championships, the most recent being in 2015.
Their high hit-rate in Super Bowl appearance means they also share the NFL record for the most Super Bowl losses (tied with the New England Patriots-5). Not to mention, their lofty success has produced several pro-bowl Hall of Famers and MVP candidates through their years of dominance at the top.
The 2020 season left plenty to be desired and the Denver Broncos were officially out of contention early on. They placed 4th in the AFC West rounding out a losing 5-11 overall record. The Broncos failed to improve on their 7-9 season from last year. What’s more, they suffered their fourth consecutive losing season.
The original logo depicted a football player riding a bronco horse and this image stayed with the team for one year. The next logo that ran from 1962-1967 gave the earlier design a more fierce look. The football player was now standing on the back of an orange horse. Both the Bronco and the player looked more brutal.
The following years removed the rider and a ‘D’ emblem was used which saw a bronco horse emerging vertically drawn in white with a black outline. From 1997 to modern-day, the Denver Broncos Logo has remained the now-iconic horse profile facing right. The bronco’s head in white features a dark outline and the main and eyes are orange colored.
Pat Bowlen was the majority owner of the Denver Broncos right up to his death in June 2019. The Bowlen family, including two of his brother, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser back in 1984. Bowlen served as Broncos CEO until July 2014 where he stepped down from the position due to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
After Bowlen acquired the team in 1984, the Broncos briefly held the highest winning percentage of any active franchise in the league. The metrics stood at 334 wins, 212 losses, and 1 tie, rounding out a 0.612 winning percentage passing the San Francisco 49’ers after the 2015 season. At the time of Bowlen’s death, the New England Patriots had surpassed that figure.
Frequent franchise partners BetMGM and the Broncos agreed to a multi-year sports betting partnership that includes a premium lounge at Empower Field at Mile High. The Lounge will allow fans 21 years and older access to a full-service premium bar, a luxury lounge, and live odds with BetMGM’s mobile app.
Additionally, the Broncos also have a tie-up with Betfred USA Sports ahead of Betfred’s launching a Colorado presence. Not to mention, the club agreed to a multi-year deal with FanDeul Group for legalized sports betting and daily fantasy partnership. The partnership gives Fan Duel access to official Broncos marks and logos to use across FanDuel’s sports betting offerings in Colorado.
|Quarterbacks||9. Jeff Driskel |
3. Drew Lock
4. Brett Rypien
|Running backs||83. Andrew Beck |
32. LeVante Bellamy
28. Royce Freeman
25. Melvin Gordon
|Wide receivers||16. Tyrie Cleveland |
17. DaeSean Hamilton
13. K.J. Hamler
10. Jerry Jeudy
81. Tim Patrick
11. Diontae Spencer
|Tight ends||87. Noah Fant |
84. Troy Fumagalli
88. Nick Vannett
|Offensive linemen||76. Calvin Anderson |
72. Garett Bolles
79. Lloyd Cushenberry
78. Demar Dotson
61. Graham Glasgow
52. Netane Muti
66. Dalton Risner
71. Austin Schlottmann
68. Elijah Wilkinson
|Defensive linemen||95. McTelvin Agim |
96. Shelby Harris
93. Dre’Mont Jones
57. DeMarcus Walker
90. DeShawn Williams
73. Sylvester Williams
|Linebackers||97. Jeremiah Attaochu |
53. Austin Calitro
91. Anthony Chickillo
55. Bradley Chubb
47. Josey Jewell
45. A.J. Johnson
43. Joseph Jones
59. Malik Reed
48. Derrek Tuszka
|Defensive backs||41. De’Vante Bausby |
49. Nate Hairston
33. Alijah Holder
22. Kareem Jackson
37. P.J Locke
36. Trey Marshall
42. Parnell Motley
23. Michael Ojemudia
27. Will Parks
31. Justin Simmons
|Special teams||46. Jacob Bobenmoyer |
6. Sam Martin
8. Brandon McManus
Owner Pat Bowlen was a member of the University of Denver Board of trustees and contributed to the funding of the Pat Bowlen Athletic Training Center located on the school’s campus. He also contributed significantly to the local Denver Boys and Girls Club chapters. As an organization, the Broncos are determined to improve lives in the community by focusing on Youth Development, Quality of life, and Civic Engagement.
Furthermore, the Kickoff luncheon sees Broncos players, coaches, alumni, and executives collectively raise funds for the charities. The rookie class also participates in a Topgolf tournament with the proceeds of the event going towards a community initiative chosen by the rookie class.
|Owner||Estate of Pat Bowlen|
|Head Coach||Vic Fangio|
|Stadium||Empower Field at Mile High|
|Sponsors||BetMGM, Planterra, Betfred, Fanduel, Swish Beverages|
|Championships||League Championships (3) |
Super Bowl championships (3)
1997 (XXXII), 1998 (XXXIII), 2015 (50)
Conference championships (8)
AFC: 1977, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013, 2015
Division championships (15)
AFC West: 1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
|Official Website||Denver Broncos- www.denverbroncos.com|