Denver Broncos: John Elway, Peyton Manning make Top 100 team

ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20: Quarterback Peyton Manning (R) shakes hands with executive vice president of football operations John Elway during a news conference announcing Manning's contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
ENGLEWOOD, CO - MARCH 20: Quarterback Peyton Manning (R) shakes hands with executive vice president of football operations John Elway during a news conference announcing Manning's contract with the Denver Broncos in the team meeting room at the Paul D. Bowlen Memorial Broncos Centre on March 20, 2012 in Englewood, Colorado. Manning, entering his 15th NFL season, was released by the Indianapolis Colts on March 7, 2012, where he had played his whole career. It has been reported that Manning will sign a five-year, $96 million offer. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Two Denver Broncos quarterbacks that helped lead the team to their three Super Bowl titles have been recognized on the NFL’s Top 100 list of players.

As most Denver Broncos fans may know, the NFL has provided their Top 100 players of the first 100 years of the NFL. There have been a lot of players from past and present that have made the list. One thing that I noticed was that a lot of the Broncos players were not making the cut.

That changed on the final day of revealing the list, when the quarterbacks were named. In fact, two former Broncos quarterbacks are on that list.

John Elway, who spent his entire 16 year career with the Denver Broncos, was one of ten quarterbacks to make the final list of 100 players through the first 100 years. I have to admit, I was a bit concerned that he would not be able to make the list. But for all that he did for the Broncos in the near 20% of the time the NFL was in existence was nothing short of amazing.

He would throw for over 51,000 yards and 300 touchdowns in his career with the Denver Broncos. Elway also managed to win his two championships in the final two years of his career. When you think of the Broncos, John Elway always comes to mind.

Peyton Manning, while spending most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts, was a Bronco for the final four years of his playing career. He also helped lead the Denver Broncos to their most recent Lombardi Trophy. He threw for over 17,000 yards in the four years with Denver along with 140 touchdowns. If not for John Elway helping get Manning to Denver, I am not sure the Broncos would have three championships.

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These two have been a huge reason for the success of the Denver Broncos of the past. And I could not find two players that are more deserving to be a part of the 100 best players of the century of the NFL’s existence.