The Denver Broncos (Denver Broncos in English) are a professional American football franchise within the National Football League (NFL), based in Denver, Colorado, United States.
Founded in 1959 by Bob Howsam, the franchise became a member in 1960 of the American Football League (AFL), a new league created in order to compete with the NFL monopoly. She evolved within the AFL from its creation until the merger of the two leagues in 1970. She was then integrated, like the other members of the AFL, into the NFL. The Broncos are members of the West Division of the American Football Conference (AFC West) Note 1.
The Broncos won, notably thanks to quarterbacks John Elway and Peyton Manning, three Super Bowls (in 1997, 1998 and 2016) in eight appearances. This performance made the Broncos one of seven franchises in the NFL to have won two consecutive Super BowlNotes 2. They also won the division championship 15 times and play 22 times in the playoffs.
From its inception until 2001, the team played its matches at Mile High Stadium. From the 2001 season, they played in the Empower Field at Mile High (formerly called Invesco Field) in DenverNote 3.
The franchise has been owned by Pat Bowlen since 1984 and has been coached by John Fox since the reorganization of the management team in 2011. After six years of eclipse, the Broncos return to center stage in the 2011 season, winning their 11th title of division champion and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2005, thanks in particular to their new quarterback Tim Tebow who had at the time become a major media phenomenon of American sports news. However, in 2012, Tebow was replaced by one of the best quarterbacks of his generation, Peyton Manning with whom the franchise will win the title of division champion three times (2012, 2013 and 2015) and the Super Bowl 50.