The Denver Broncos have a lot of success throughout their history, winning three Super Bowls, appearing in even more. To win a Super Bowl takes elite players, something the Broncos had throughout their history. The Broncos have eight players in the Hall of Fame, but there are plenty more that probably should be, but haven't gotten the call yet.
Let's take a look at the five greatest Broncos players of all time.
Honorable Mention: Von Miller
There is a good chance as long as Von Miller stays on the Broncos he will move into the top five, but right now he sits just outside. Miller's best season came in 2012 when he racked up 18.5 sacks. So far throughout his career, Miller has 106 sacks and nine fumble recoveries.
5. Champ Bailey
Cornerback Champ Bailey was with the Broncos from 2004 through 2013. Before the 2004 season, the Broncos received Bailey and a second-round pick in exchange for Clinton Portis. The Broncos defense was already good before Bailey came on board, but he only made it better.
When Bailey was on the field, opposing quarterbacks looked a different way because they knew life was going to be tough going towards his side of the field. Bailey was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
4. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning was only with the Broncos for four seasons, but it doesn't matter, he still is the fourth best player to ever wear the orange and navy blue. During the 2015 season, Manning actually had his worst season as a pro, but he still did enough to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl victory.
It doesn't matter that Manning spent more of his time with the Indianapolis Colts, he will always be just as loved by Broncos fans.
3. Terrell Davis
Terrell Davis had a short career in the NFL, but that doesn't take away from the impact he had on Denver when he was apart of their squad. Davis was a sixth-round pick coming out of college, but he ended up being a game-changer in John Elway's last years on the team.
Davis was a two-time Super Bowl champion and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. His best regular-season was in 1998 when he rushed 392 times for 2,008 yards and 21 touchdowns. It's disappointing his career wasn't longer, but he still made a big impact when he was trotting about for the Broncos.
2. Shannon Sharpe
Shannon Sharpe was selected in the seventh round of the 1990 draft. Sharpe started off his career a bit slow, but he quickly became one of the best players and tight ends in the league. Sharpe was named to eight Pro Bowl's and the first team of the All-Pro team four times. His best regular-season was in 1996 when he had 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns. He was also named to the NFL's 1990's All-Decade team and the Broncos ring of honor. In 2011 he was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1. John Elway
When people think of the Broncos they think of John Elway, first as the starting quarterback and later as the general manager. Elway was selected first overall in the 1983 draft so from the time he got to Denver, the pressure was on. Elway finished his time with the Broncos with a 148-82-1 record, leading the team to Super Bowl victories twice. Elway's best regular-season was in 1993 when he threw for over 4000 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Not only is Elway the best player to ever play for the Broncos, he is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.