The Denver Broncos entered the American Football League in 1960 and became part of the AFC when the AFL merged with the National Football League in 1970. They’ve had considerable success during the history of the franchise including Super Bowl victories in 1997 and 1998. The reached the Super Bowl last year but were defeated by the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are expected to contend for another Super Bowl title this season.
Overall, the Broncos weren’t particularly successful in their first decade as they put together a record of 39-97-4 during the 1960’s. They did have the distinction of earning the first ever win by an AFL team over an NFL opponent by beating the Detroit Lions 13-7 in the 1967 preseason game. Minor league baseball owner Bob Howsam was the first owner, but the team didn’t fare well financially in the early going. By 1965, the Broncos were at risk of having to leave Denver for another market before local ownership stepped forward and committed themselves to the future of NFL football in the ‘Mile High City’.
In 1970, the Broncos became part of the NFL and in 1973 they would have their first winning season going 7-5-2 under AFC Coach of the Year John Ralston. Ralston would resign as head coach after the 1976 season to be replaced by longtime assistant Red Miller. While Ralston’s strained relationship with his players led to his resignation, Miller was very popular with the team and quickly led them to success. In 1977, the Broncos finished 12-2 and not only qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history but reached the Super Bowl, losing to the Dallas Cowboys. That would be the first of four unsuccessful trips to the big game for the Broncos before they would win back to back titles in 1997 and 1998 with quarterback John Elway at the helm.
Following Elway’s retirement, the Broncos enjoyed a reasonable degree of success but couldn’t find a new ‘franchise’ quarterback despite trying everyone from Brian Griese to Tim Tebow. That changed in March, 2012 when the Broncos signed veteran Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract. It was a big risk at the time–Manning had missed the entire 2011 season after multiple neck surgeries. As a result, his ability to deal with the physical demands of playing NFL football were in question, let alone doing so at a high level. The Broncos were aware of the ‘downside risk’ but ended up hitting the jackpot with the Manning signing. After a decent season and a playoff appearance
in 2012, Manning would set single season NFL records for passing yardage and touchdowns as he led the Broncos to the Super Bowl.
Since joining the NFL in 1970, the Broncos have enjoyed tremendous popularity and fan support not only in Denver but nationally. They’re still the ‘home team’ for the entire Mountain Time Zone despite no longer being the only franchise in the region (the Arizona Cardinals also play on Mountain Time). Even in the era of ‘regional broadcasts’, the Broncos would play on TV frequently and have become even more popular in the Peyton Manning era. The NFL now offers access to every regular season game via the ‘Sunday Ticket’ cable TV package, but the league doesn’t do a good job serving fans that want to watch Broncos game online. They can find Broncos video highlights at NFL.com and possibly a Broncos live radio stream via flagship station KOA 850. A Denver Broncos live stream, however, is not made available by the NFL.
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