The Denver Broncos have been playing football since original owner, Bob Howsam, was awarded a franchise in the American Football League in 1960. After struggling in the early years of the franchise’s existence, the Broncos have taken the National Football League by storm over the last 35 years by winning seven AFC Championships and two Super Bowl Championships. The success of the franchise and its iconic players throughout the years makes Denver Broncos memorabilia a hot commodity for all sports enthusiasts.
Despite being one of the oldest football franchises in the country, the Denver Broncos struggled mightily during the 1960’s. Though winning was not customary, the Broncos experienced highlights as they became the first AFL team to defeat an NFL team when they took down the Detroit Lions 13-7 in a preseason game in 1967. Floyd Little became Denver’s first superstar player when he signed with the team in 1967. The running back was a pro bowl player and was inducted into the Broncos’ Ring of Fame, which features the best players in franchise history.
The Broncos first tasted a wave of success during the early ‘70s. The franchise hired former Stanford University coach John Ralston to take the helm of the team in 1972. The next season, Ralston brought the Broncos to their first winning season in franchise history; the team went 7-5-2 but still missed the playoffs. Ralston led Denver to two more winning seasons, but due to the success of other teams the franchise never made the playoffs. Ralston resigned after the 1976 season and Robert “Red” Miller stepped into the head coaching position.
The 1977 season became a season of very successful proportions for Denver. With Red Miller calling the shots and veteran quarterback Craig Morton making plays through the air, the Broncos made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Denver, in the playoffs for the first time, enjoyed a successful run that took the team all the way to Super Bowl XII, a game that they eventually dropped to favored Dallas Cowboys team.
In 1983, the Broncos traded for a player that would change the landscape of the franchise forever. John Elway, who was originally drafted by the Baltimore Colts and later traded to the Broncos, came to Denver as one of the best college prospects in the history of the NFL. Elway provided Denver with consistency at the quarterback position, something the team lacked over the years as they went through 234 different quarterbacks in 24 years. From the 1981 season to the 1992 season, Elway led the Broncos to an unprecedented amount of success; six playoff appearances, five AFC West titles and three Super Bowl appearances highlighted the 12-year span.
The franchise took a turn in 1995 when it hired former offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan to be the new head coach. Shanahan and Elway had a very good relationship and once they teamed up the duo took the Broncos to a new level of winning. Shanahan instantly made an impact on the team when he used his first draft as a head coach to take Terrell Davis with the 196th overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Davis wreaked havoc upon the NFL during his first four seasons in the league. Davis ran for 6,413 yards and scored 56 touchdowns during the four-year span (1996-1999) that correlated with the Broncos’ most successful seasons in team history.
The Terrell Davis/John Elway tandem combined to take the Denver Broncos to previously unreached highs. During the 1997 season, Elway and Davis helped the Broncos to a 12-4 record and rolled through the playoffs en route to a Super Bowl XXXII showdown against the Green Bay Packers. In the Super Bowl, Davis was unstoppable as he ran for 157 yards and became the first player ever to score three rushing touchdowns in the championship game. Davis’ performance during the Super Bowl was so dominant that despite sitting out an entire quarter, he was still named Super Bowl MVP.
The Broncos took the high of winning the Super Bowl into the 1998 season, the confidence paid off mightily as the team played at a high level throughout the year. Terrell Davis, fresh off winning the Super Bowl MVP, enjoyed the best season of his professional career in 1998; he ran for 2,008 yards and scored 23 touchdowns and was named the Associated Press Offensive Player of The Year while simultaneously earning league MVP Honors. Behind Davis’ dominant season, the Broncos earned a trip to Super Bowl XXXIII to face off against the Atlanta Falcons and former Broncos head coach Dan Reeves. The Broncos beat the Falcons 34-19 behind an MVP performance by John Elway. Elway completed 18-of-29 passes for 421 yards and touchdown.
After winning back-to-back Super Bowl’s, John Elway retired from the NFL and soon thereafter Terrell Davis’ career was cut short due to injuries. After Elway’s retirement, the Broncos struggled to find another franchise quarterback that could match the success Elway had. In 2012, the Broncos made a huge splash when they signed former Indianapolis Colts great Peyton Manning to a five-year deal. Manning enjoyed instant success with the team, leading the Broncos to a 13-3 season in his first year with the team. The Broncos won the AFC West and earned the top seed in the AFC playoffs before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
The disappointing playoff exit led Denver to make aggressive moves in free agency that offseason. The Broncos signed All-Pro wide receiver Wes Welker in order to provide Peyton Manning with extra help in the passing game. The Manning/Welker combination meshed quickly and the Broncos again posted a 13-3 regular season record and entered the playoffs as the AFC’s top seed. Peyton Manning dominated the 2013 season from start to finish. During the Broncos opening game against the Baltimore Ravens, Manning became just the sixth quarterback ever to throw for seven touchdown passes in a single game. Manning finished the season with 55 passing touchdowns to go along with 5,477 passing yards; the impressive numbers earned him his fifth MVP Trophy. The Broncos went on to face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII in a match-up they would eventually drop 43-8.
The Broncos are one of the more prominent NFL franchises in the league today. With superstar players like Peyton Manning, Wes Welker, DeMarcus Ware, Demaryus Thomas and Aqib Talin, the Broncos are constructed to keep winning at a high level for years to come. The Broncos’ winning pedigree is highlighted by their Hall of Fame Players: John Elway, Shannon Sharpe, Floyd Little, Willie Brown and Gary Zimmerman. When you combine the Broncos’ prestigious history with their high-octane level of play today the options for adding great memorabilia to your collection is endless.
- Autographed Peyton Manning Jersey: An authentic signed Peyton Manning jersey is the ultimate sports memorabilia for any NFL enthusiast. The addition of a Peyton Manning autographed jersey is what can propel an average memorabilia collection to an excellent one. Manning is a five-time NFL MVP and is also a proven champion, going back to his Super Bowl victory against the Chicago Bears in 2006. With a remarkable NFL career that produced almost every record in the books, Peyton Manning memorabilia boasts some of the most premier sports collectibles available. Because Manning is in the tail-end of his career, now is the time to invest in his products before he hangs up his cleats and the prices on his memorabilia skyrocket as he is inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.
- John Elway Memorabilia: John Elway and the Denver Broncos are synonymous. An avid Denver Broncos fan must establish the roots of their collection around authentic John Elway memorabilia. An autographed John Elway helmet is the perfect centerpiece of a Broncos collection with official logos and design, plus it also serves as an instant conversation piece. Elway, a two-time Super Bowl champion, brought a winning dynasty to Denver when the franchise was accustomed to losing and paved the way for the Broncos to become the leading team known today. Currently, as an executive for the franchise, Elway was responsible for attracting Peyton Manning to the team and leading Denver to a premier future within the league.
- Terrell Davis Football: Terrell Davis is responsible for one of the many heartwarming stories Broncos fans love to tell. He was a sixth round draft pick that took the league by storm as he put the Broncos on his back while playing an integral role on the back-to-back Super Bowl winning teams. With a large selection of Terrel Davis memorabilia to choose from, Broncos’ fans can even commemorate all of their favorite moments from the standout running back’s career. Add value to your football collection and honor Davis’ 1998 MVP season, when he rushed for an incredible 2,008 yards with a unique Terrell Davis signed football that also features a special inscription denoting his accomplishments.
- Denver Broncos Autographed Photos: The Broncos are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL and developed a championship dynasty over the past 35 years. Denver has made a number of Super Bowl Appearances and won consecutive championships from 1997-1998. In addition to consistently producing key victories, the Denver Broncos franchise has given rise to some of the greatest players in NFL history over the years. Autographed Denver Broncos photos are a the perfect way for fans to add to their collection and visually preserve some of their favorite NFL moments for life. From images of former players to pictures that capture current stars running the field, signed Denver Broncos photos cater to all fans. A Denver Broncos signed photo featuring two Broncos legends, John Elway and Peyton Manning, is the ultimate piece to honor one of the top teams in the NFL.