Denver Broncos in History

Events in Sport

  • 1960-09-09 Denver Broncos beat Boston Patriots, 13-10 in the American Football League's first game before 21,597 fans at Nickerson Field in Boston
  • 1960-11-27 Trailing 38-7 late in 3rd quarter, Buffalo Bills tie Broncos at 38-38
  • 1964-10-04 Boston Patriots' kicker Gino Cappelletti lands 6-from-6 field goals and 3-from-3 conversions in 39-10 win v Denver Broncos at Bears Stadium, Denver
  • 1964-11-01 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson passes for 435 yards and 6 TDs in 49-39 win over Denver Broncos at Municipal Stadium
  • 1965-01-16 4th AFL All Star Game, Jeppeson Stadium, Houston: Western Division beats Eastern Division, 38-14; MVPs: Keith Lincoln, LA Chargers, RB; Willie Brown, Denver Broncos, DB
  • 1966-09-03 Houston Oilers hold Denver Broncos to no 1st downs in their NFL season opening 45-7 win at Rice Stadium
  • 1967-08-05 First exhibition after AFL/NFL merger, Denver Broncos (AFL) surprise Detroit Lions (NFL), 13-7 at University of Denver
  • 1969-09-21 NY Jet Steve O'Neal punts 98 yards against Denver Broncos

Sport awardAFC Championship

1978-01-01 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Oakland Raiders, 20-17

NFL Coach and Sportscaster John Madden
NFL Coach and Sportscaster
John Madden
  • 1978-01-15 Super Bowl XII, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Dallas Cowboys beat Denver Broncos, 27-10; MVP: Harvey Martin, Dallas, DE & Randy White, Dallas, DT

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1985-12-02 NFL quarterback legends Dan Marino and John Elway (Denver Broncos) face each other for the first time, a 30-26 win for Marino's Miami Dolphins (390 yards and 3 TDs)

Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback Dan Marino
Hall of Fame NFL Quarterback
Dan Marino
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway

Sport awardAFC Championship

1987-01-11 AFC Championship, Cleveland Stadium: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 23-20 (OT)

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1987-01-25 Super Bowl XXI, Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA: NY Giants beat Denver Broncos, 39-20; MVP: Phil Simms, NY Giants, QB
  • 1988-01-17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns, 38-33; features infamous "The Fumble", Browns' Earnest Byner at Denver 3-yard line with 1:12 remaining
  • 1988-01-31 Super Bowl XXII, Jack Murphy Stadium, San Diego, CA: Washington Redskins beat Denver Broncos, 42-10; MVP: Doug Williams, Washington, QB
  • 1990-01-14 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat Cleveland Browns 37-21

Sport awardSuper Bowl

1990-01-28 Super Bowl XXIV, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: San Francisco 49ers beat Denver Broncos, 55-10; MVP: Joe Montana, SF, QB

NFL Quarterback Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback
Joe Montana
NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1992-01-12 AFC Championship, Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY: Buffalo Bills beat Denver Broncos, 10-7
  • 1998-01-11 AFC Championship Game: Denver Broncos beat Pittsburgh Steelers 24-21
  • 1998-01-25 Super Bowl XXXII, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA: Denver Broncos beat Green Bay Packers, 31-24; MVP: Terrell Davis, Denver RB
  • 1999-01-17 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New York Jets, 23-10; features infamous "The Miss", Vikings' PK Gary Anderson misses field goal late 4th quarter
  • 1999-01-31 Super Bowl XXXIII, Pro Player Stadium, Miami, FL: Denver Broncos beat Atlanta Falcons, 34-19; MVP: John Elway, Denver, QB
  • 1999-09-13 John Elway's #7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos
  • 2003-10-05 Kansas City wide receiver Dante Hall scores on game winning 93-yard punt return in Chiefs 24-23 victory v Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium; returns for score in an NFL-record 4th straight game
  • 2006-01-22 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Pittsburgh Steelers beat Denver Broncos, 34-17

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2008-12-30 NFL head coach Mike Shanahan is fired by the Denver Broncos

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 2012-01-08 "The 3:16 Game" AFC Wild Card Playof, underdogs Denver Broncos defeat Pittsburgh Steelers 29–23 with Tim Tebow connecting with Demaryius Thomas on an 80-yard touchdown pass on first scrimmage play of overtime
  • 2013-01-12 "Mile High Miracle", In AFC Divisional Playoff Game Denver Broncos ahead of Baltimore Ravens 35-28 with 1:09 remaining, quarterback Joe Flacco heaves 70 yard touchdown pass to receiver Jacoby Jones to tie the game. Ravens win in overtime.
  • 2014-01-19 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2014-02-01 Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning becomes all-time record-holder for MVP trophies, winning his 5th at the NFL Honours in New York; also 2013 Offensive Player of the Year

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 2014-02-02 Super Bowl XLVIII, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ: Seattle Seahawks beat Denver Broncos, 42-8; MVP: Malcolm Smith, Seattle, LB
  • 2016-01-24 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • 2016-02-07 Super Bowl L, Levi's Stadium, Santa Clara, CA: Denver Broncos beat Carolina Panthers, 24–10; MVP: Von Miller, Denver, LB
  • 2016-03-07 Peyton Manning announces his retirement from the Denver Broncos and the NFL
  • 2018-01-28 NFL Pro Bowl, Orlando, FL: AFC beats NFC, 24-23; MVPs: Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans, TE; Von Miller, Denver Broncos, LB

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1927-04-26 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), born in Oakland, California (d. 2019)
  • 1936-07-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), born in Tiffin, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1936-12-31 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), born in English, Indiana (d. 2020)
  • 1940-12-02 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), born in Yazoo City, Mississippi (d. 2009)
  • 1943-02-05 Craig Morton, College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Cal; NFL: Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1944-01-19 Dan Reeves, NFL Coach (NY Giants, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons)
  • 1944-02-18 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin (d. 2019)
  • 1950-03-01 Riley Odoms, American football tight end (NFL Pro Bowl 1973–75, 78; First-Team All-Pro 1974, 75; Denver Broncos), born in Luling, Texas
  • 1950-11-11 Otis Armstrong, NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Chicago, Illinois

Person of interestMike Shanahan

1952-08-24 Mike Shanahan, American football coach (Denver Broncos), born in Oak Park, Illinois

NFL Head Coach Mike Shanahan
NFL Head Coach
Mike Shanahan
  • 1954-01-19 Steve DeBerg, American NFL quarterback (Broncos, Chiefs, Bucs, 49ers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959-02-01 Mike Horan, American NFL punter (Pro Bowl 1988; All-Pro 1988, Denver Broncos; Super Bowl 1999, St. Louis Rams), born in Orange, California
  • 1960-03-04 Reggie McElroy, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1960-06-26 Jumpy Geathers, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Georgetown, South Carolina

Person of interestJohn Elway

1960-06-28 John Elway, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32/33), born in Port Angeles, Washington

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 1960-08-14 Broderick Thompson, American NFL offensive lineman (Denver Broncos), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1960-10-21 Lionel Washington, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Lutcher, Louisiana
  • 1961-05-16 Kevin Guidry, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1961-12-13 Gary Zimmerman, American NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1962-02-18 Simon Fletcher, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Bay City, Texas
  • 1962-08-15 Bubby Brister, NFL quarterback (NY Jets, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1963-03-13 Vance Johnson, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1963-09-05 Tim McKyer, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1963-11-22 Hugh Millen, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos)
  • 1964-03-31 Dave Wyman, American NFL linebacker, broadcaster (Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos), born in San Diego, CA
  • 1964-03-31 David Diaz-Infante, American NFL guard, coach, broadcaster (2-time Super Bowl winner, Denver Broncos, born in San Jose, CA
  • 1964-09-11 Eric Thomas, American NFL cornerback (Denver Broncos), born in Tucson, Arizona
  • 1964-10-02 Michael Brooks, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1992; Denver Broncos), born in Ruston, Louisiana
  • 1964-12-17 Tyrone Braxton, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965-02-02 Harry Swayne, NFL tackle (San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1965-02-08 Rod Bernstine, NFL running back (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965-03-23 Dante Jones, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)
  • 1965-04-15 Anthony Miller, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Dallas Cowboys), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1965-08-27 Michael Perry, NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos)
  • 1966-01-25 Mark Schlereth, American NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Anchorage, Alaska
  • 1966-02-20 Britt Hager, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1966-04-02 Bill Romanowski, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1988, 89 SF 49ers; 97, 98 Denver Broncos; Pro Bowl 1996, 98), born in Rockville, Connecticut
  • 1966-04-10 Neil Smith, American football defensive end (KC Chiefs, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-05-24 Tony Jones, American NFL tackle (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Royston, Georgia
  • 1966-10-28 Steve Atwater, NFL safety (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1966-12-20 Tim Hauck, NFL safety and coach (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Butte, Montana
  • 1967-01-05 Ray Crockett, American NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1967-06-14 Dedrick Dodge, American NFL safety (SF 49ers, Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Neptune, New Jersey
  • 1967-08-11 Mike Lodish, NFL nose tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1967-09-22 Harald Hasselbach, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1967-11-11 Bill Musgrave, NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos)
  • 1967-11-17 Howard Griffith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968-02-22 Reggie Rivers, American NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1968-06-09 Tom Rouen, NFL punter (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1968-06-26 Shannon Sharpe, American NFL tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1968-07-04 Derek Kevin Loville, American NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1968-08-17 Ed McCaffrey, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-11-06 Alfred Williams, American NFL defensive end (SF 49ers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-12-18 Aaron Craver, NFL running back (Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers)
  • 1968-12-21 Anthony Lynn, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in McKinney, Texas
  • 1969-02-06 James Jones, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-09-03 Keith Traylor, American NFL defensive tackle (Super Bowl 1997-98, 2004), born in Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1969-10-26 Mike Pritchard, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks), born in Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
  • 1969-12-15 Dan Williams, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, KC Chiefs)
  • 1970-01-02 Glenn Cadrez, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1997, 98; Denver Broncos), born in El Centro, California
  • 1970-02-20 Jeff Robinson, NFL defensive end (Denver Broncos, St Louis Rams)
  • 1970-03-08 Jason Elam, NFL kicker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970-05-13 Selwyn Jones, NFL defensive back (Seahawks, Den Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970-05-15 Rod Smith, Texarkana, Arkansas, American NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1970-08-02 Elijah Alexander, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in Fort Worth, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1970-10-01 Ronnie Bradford, American NFL defensive back and coach (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos; La. Tech., USC), born in Minot, North Dakota
  • 1970-11-06 Maa Tanuvasa, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Nu'uuli, American Samoa
  • 1970-11-14 Darrien Gordon, NFL cornerback (San Diego Chargers, Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971-01-12 Shane Dronett, American NFL defensive end (Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos), born in Orange, Texas (d. 2009)
  • 1971-02-19 Glyn Milburn, NFL running back/kick returner (Den Broncos, Det Lions)
  • 1971-05-04 Derrick Clark, American football fullback (Broncos, Rhein Fire), born in Apopka, Florida
  • 1971-05-05 Ken Brown, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Wiesbaden, Germany
  • 1971-05-07 Rondell Jones, NFL safety (Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens)
  • 1971-05-13 Tom Nalen, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1971-06-28 Gary Downs, NFL running back (Denver Broncos), born in New Bern, North Carolina
  • 1971-10-17 Byron Chamberlain, American football tight end (Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings), born in Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1972-01-18 Dwayne Carswell, American football tight end (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-04-24 Jamie Brown, American football tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1972-05-16 Keith Burns, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Greeleyville, South Carolina
  • 1972-05-30 Allen Aldridge, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1972-08-18 Ray Jacobs, American football linebacker (Denver Broncos), born in Corsicana, Texas
  • 1972-09-16 Steve Russ, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Stetsonville, Wisconsin
  • 1972-10-28 Terrell Davis, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-02-02 Patrick Jeffers, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-03-11 Tony Veland, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-04-17 Jeff Lewis, American NFL quarterback (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1973-05-18 Tory James, NFL defensive back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-06-04 Sir Mawn Wilson, NFL wide receiver (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-06-06 Jon Hesse, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1973-09-26 David Richie, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Orange, California
  • 1973-10-10 John Mobley, American NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-10-13 Brian Dawkins, American NFL safety (9 × Pro Bowl; 4 × First-team All-Pro; Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1973-10-21 Dan Neil, NFL guard (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974-01-13 Matt Lepsis, NFL tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974-02-25 Detron Smith, NFL running back (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1974-03-28 K C Jones, NFL center (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32)
  • 1975-08-03 Trevor Pryce, American NFL defensive tackle (Denver Broncos-Super Bowl 32), born in Brooklyn, New York

Person of interestPeyton Manning

1976-03-24 Peyton Manning, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2006, 15; 5 x NFL MVP; 14 x Pro Bowl; Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning
NFL Quarterback
Peyton Manning
  • 1980-08-29 Chris Simms, American NFL quarterback (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos), born in Ridgewood, New Jersey
  • 1984-10-27 Brady Quinn, American football quarterback (Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos) and broadcaster (CBS Sports HQ, Fox Sports), born in Columbus, Ohio

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

1984-03-03 Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway (23) weds swimmer Janet Buchan in Menlo Park, California

NFL Quarterback John Elway
NFL Quarterback
John Elway
  • 2006-01-28 London Broncos rugby football player Craig Gower (27) weds TV personality and model Amanda Flynn (24) in Sydney, Australia
  • 2009-08-29 Retired Denver Bronco's quarterback John Elway (49) weds former Oakland Raiders cheerleader Paige Green

Deaths in Sport

  • 2019-07-16 Pat Bowlen, American Pro Football Hall of Fame team owner (Denver Broncos), dies of complications of Alzheimer's disease at 75
  • 2019-09-14 John Ralston, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker, coach and executive (Cal, Stanford, Denver Broncos), dies at 92
  • 2019-10-21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • 2020-06-17 Bill Groman, American football wide receiver (All-AFL 1960; AFL C'ship 1960, 61, 64, 65; Houston Oilers, Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills), dies at 83
  • 2020-06-17 Jerry Sturm, American football tackle (AFL All-Star 1964, 66; Denver Broncos, NO Saints), dies from dementia at 83