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Denver Broncos News: Horse Tracks - Franchise Factoids

Good Morning Broncos Country! Randomness is the name of the game, but if you ever have to answer a trivia question about the Denver Broncos, hopefully you'll be well prepared by these facts!

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Since the AFL/NFL Merger (1970)

The Broncos are tied for 3rd amongst all NFL teams with 7 Super Bowl Berths.  During that same span, the team has seen 26 winning seasons ranking 6th behind Pittsburgh's 31.  Denver is the winning-est AFL franchise posting 413 wins.  Only the Pittsburgh Steelers (244) have have won more home games than the Denver Broncos (235).  Thanks to the support of the greatest fanbase in the NFL, our Broncos have sold out 341 consecutive games placing them 2nd behind Washington (365).

Overcoming adversity

Three times the Broncos have overcome a 24-point deficit to win a game.  The first instance game against the Boston Patriots in 1960.  Down 24-0 with 11:59 left in the 3rd quarter, the Broncos came back to win 31-24 (which coincidentally is the same score from their first World Championship victory in Super Bowl 32).  The 2nd came in 1979 in Seattle, this time overcoming a 34-10 deficit to win the game 37-34.  The latest instance occurred in 2012 when they trailed the San Diego chargers 24-0 with :24 seconds left in the 3rd quarter.  This Peyton-Manning and turnover led comeback saw the Broncos emerge victorious 35-24.

The 1992 Divisional Playoff game against the Houston Oilers, often dubbed "The Drive II," saw Elway and company erase a 21-6 2nd quarter deficit to the tune of a 26-24 last second victory off the foot of David Treadwell.

MVP, Pro Bowls, All-Stars, and more

Peyton Manning (2013), Terrell Davis (1998), and John Elway (1988) are the only Broncos to be selected the AP Most Valuable Player.  Terrell Davis won AP Offensive Player of the year twice (1996, 1998) while Randy Gradishar is the only defender to be recognized as the AP DPOY (1978).

John Elway holds the record for most pro-bowls as a Bronco with 9 selections.  He is closely followed by both Steve Atwater and Champ Bailey who have 8 selections.  Randy Gradishar and Shannon Sharpe are tied for 3rd on the list with 7 pro bowl selections as a Denver Bronco.

Goose Gonsoulin holds the record for most AFL All-Star game appearances in franchise history with 5.

In two short seasons, Peyton Manning has set the franchise mark for most AFC Player of the Month awards with 4.

Retired Numbers, Hall of Fame

John Elway (7), Frank Tripucka (18), and Floyd Little (44) are the only Broncos to have their numbers retired.  (Peyton Manning received permission from Frank Tripucka to wear 18).

John Elway was the first Denver Bronco to be selected to the NFL HOF (2004).  He's been followed by tackle Gary Zimmerman (2008), running back Floyd Little (2010), and tight end Shannon Sharpe (2011).

Horse Tracks

Prominent Bronco players may start training camp on physically unable to perform list - The Denver Post
Nothing has been decided, but several prominent Bronco players may start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Brandon Stokley, former Broncos receiver, honored at retirement party
NFL A-listers attended a retirement party for former Bronco receiver Brandon Stokley Saturday night at Jing restaurant in Greenwood Village.

Training Camp Preview: Quarterbacks
Peyton Manning is as diligent as ever as he adjusts to a tweaked pass-catching corps and the increased strength in his right arm.

Ride of a Lifetime
Get on board with Wes Welker as he flies with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

Welker Ready for Camp
Wes Welker says after a year in Denver, he's ready to attack training camp and is excited about getting prepped for 2014.

New book blames Kosar’s slurred speech on oxycodone from Browns | ProFootballTalk
The post-NFL deterioration of former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been startling at times, made most alarming by slurred and at times incoherent speech.  A new book contends that Kosar's problems trace to the Browns giving him a potent pain-killing medication in order to keep playing.

Dareus fails Bills conditioning test | ProFootballTalk
Apparently, Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus can't run like he drives. The Pro Bowler, who was arrested in the offseason both for possession of synthetic marijuana and drag racing, landed on the non-football injury list to start training camp because he failed the pre-camp conditioning test...

Kluwe: NFL favors wife beaters, drunk drivers over gay rights supporters | ProFootballTalk
Former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is continuing his campaign against the NFL for what he says is an attitude of intolerance both toward gays and to people like Kluwe who have advocated for gay rights.