The Denver Broncos were founded in 1959 by Minor League Baseball owner, Bob Howsam. Howsam originally tried bringing a franchise to Denver through the NFL, but was ultimately rejected. After the NFL denied him, Howsam and a few others would create the AFL.
Denver would play 10 years in the AFL and would join the NFL after the AFL-NFL Merger.
During their AFL years, the Broncos were one of the worst teams. Through their 10 years in the AFL, the Broncos finished 39-97-4 and never made a title game. Thankfully for the Broncos, they would be more successful in the NFL than they were in the AFL.
So far, the Denver Broncos have won three Super Bowls and have made the Super Bowl eight times in total. The Broncos have also managed to win the AFC West fifteen times, most recently in 2015.
The Broncos most recent owner was Pat Bowlen. Bowlen was the owner of the Broncos until his passing last year. With Bowlen gone, the ownership situation is a bit in flux.
There is an ownership battle between the trust that Bowlen chose in 2009 and the Bowlen family. The trust includes team president Joe Ellis, Bowlen's General Counsel Rich Slivka, and his attorney Mark Kelly. The Bowlen family has made several legal claims against the trust saying that they were not acting in good faith.
The current GM of the Denver Broncos is former Bronco great, John Elway. Elway joined the team in 2011 as GM and vice president of football operations. After advisor Brian Xanders left the team after the 2011 season, Elway would take full control of the Broncos football operations.
As GM of the Broncos, Elway has managed to win one Super Bowl with the Broncos in 2016.
The current head coach of the Denver Broncos is Vic Fangio. Through most of Fangios coaching career, he has mainly stayed on the defensive side of the ball.
Fangio joined the Broncos in 2019. Fangio's first year with the Broncos was also his first year as a head coach as he finished with a 7-9 record.
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John Elway is one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and the most well known Bronco of all time.
Before Elway would join the Broncos, he would play his college ball at Stanford. While at Stanford, Elway would dominate the PAC-12 and college football alike as he would win the PAC-12 offensive player of the year award twice, the PAC-12 Player of the Year award once, and the Heisman trophy.
Heading into the 1983 draft, Elway was thought of as one of the top prospects of the class. With the first pick overall, the Denver Broncos would take John Elway, and their franchise would never be the same.
Elway would play 15 years for the Broncos and would establish himself as an all-time great. Elway would win the MVP once and would help lead the Broncos to two Super Bowl wins.
Elway retired after the 1998 season, but would later return to the Broncos in a front-office role in 2011. Elway was instrumental in bringing in Peyton Manning who would go on to help the Broncos win a Super Bowl.