Peyton Manning. Demaryius Thomas. Wes Welker. Needless to say, the Broncos offense is loaded. The team finished second in points last season and should be even better this season. If you are a Broncos fan, 2013 is shaping up to be a special year.
A charter member of the American Football League, the Denver Broncos franchise was born in 1960. Early struggles during their AFL and early NFL football seasons plagued the franchise for 17 years. In 1977, the Broncos surprised the league by going to their first Super Bowl. Things were changing in the Mile High City, but it wasn't until 1983 that team history would be positively changed forever for the Broncos.
Denver acquired quarterback John Elway, who was originally selected in the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts, to man the important position. In only his fourth year in the NFL, he was able to lead the team back to the Super Bowl for the second time. Then in his fifth season, back to the big game again. Then in his seventh season, once again. Each season the team came up short, and John Elway became known for not being able to win the big game.
But for great quarterbacks like John Elway, reputations can be changed in one game. With the addition of Terrell Davis in 1995, the Broncos once again became a force. In 1997, the team steamrolled their way through the football season on their way to a 12-4 NFL record. Once again the team was in the Super Bowl, but this time with a different result. The team beat the Green Bay Packers, capturing the franchise's first championship. Then the following season, the team flirted with perfection, finishing with a 14-2 record and their second championship in as many years.
John Elway has since moved into the Broncos front office, where he has tried to rebuild the Broncos to Super Bowl contenders. In the offseason prior to the 2012 NFL season, Elway was a major part of bringing another legendary quarterback to Denver. Pro Bowl QB Peyton Manning joined the Broncos after leaving the Indianapolis Colts following 13 seasons in Indy, which included 11 Pro Bowls and four NFL MVP's.
Expectations are as high as ever in Denver now that Manning has joined the fold, so make sure you join the more than 75,000 fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High by getting Denver Broncos tickets at TicketNetwork.com today!