Denver Broncos Uniform History

The Denver Broncos uniform has seen three major changes throughout its existence to the point they even went with different color schemes since their inception.

1960

The original Broncos uniform is one to forget. They had brown helmets with a single white stripe running down the crown with white numbering on the sides. The home jerseys were yellow with brown numbering and TV numbers at the sleeve. The road jerseys had the same pattern except the main palette was white. The pants on both uniforms were brown with two gold vertical stripes running down the sides. The socks on the home uniform consisted of yellow and brown vertical striping while the road socks had brown and white striping.

1961

Brown nameplates were added.

1962

The Broncos had their first radical uniform change. Their helmets now consisted of orange shells with a blue standing bronco, changed to white later in the season. It also had a white stripe running down the helmet crown. The home jersey was now orange with white numbering and three horizontal stripes at the sleeves. The road jersey had blue numbering and striping. The white pants had blue and orange trim along with orange socks and black shoes.

The team also wore a Cleveland Browns-resembling look in the preseason. Also, it’s said that only Wahoo McDaniel wore the helmet logo in the preseason.

1965

The jerseys dropped the thin stripes, now consisting of a large, blue stripe with the TV number intact on the orange home jerseys. The numbers on the front and back This stripe was flanked by two white stripes. The socks were now blue.

The road jerseys now had orange outlining their blue numbers. The striping on the road jerseys consisted of two blue stripes flanking a large, orange stripe, with the TV number residing within the orange.

1966

The helmet striping now consisted of a white-blue-white combo. Also, the white bronco logo was now outlined in blue.

1967

Another major change. The helmet shells were now blue and logoless. The helmet striping consisted of an orange-white-orange pattern. The home jerseys remained orange with white numbers outlined in blue. The striping on the sleeves consists of blue-orange-white-orange-blue. The road jersey still had blue numbers with orange outlines both in front, back, and at the sleeves. The striping included a blue-white-orange-white-blue combo. The white pants consisted of orange-blue-orange pattern. The socks remained blue as well.

1968

The team added a helmet logo consisting of a bucking bronco within an orange ‘D.’

On the road uniforms, the pants were now orange with blue and white striping.

1972

The Broncos reverted back to white pants for the road look.

1973

The team introduced new blue socks consisting of white-orange-white striping patterns.

1974

The team switched to white shoes. Also, white facemasks were introduced.

1975

Another change to the socks. This time, the primary color changed to white with a blue-white-orange-white-blue pattern. They also added a bicentennial patch on the shoulder.

1976

The team switched back to blue socks, but added three orange stripes with white outlines. The orange on the pants were now significantly widened.

1978

The team brought back the orange pants for the road uniforms. The also switched back to solid blue socks.

1979

The team added a black stripe to the sleeve to honor Bob Peck.

1980

The team switched to orange socks which consisted of blue-white-blue striping. Also, the orange stripes on the pants thinned.

1982

Wider striping on the pants.

1983

The team adopted a shoulder patch to commemorate Rich McCabe.

1984

The Broncos, along with the rest of the rest of the original AFL teams, adopted a 25th-anniversary chest patch.

1987

Another change to the pants striping.

1989

Striping change to the sleeve stripes. Here’s a look at the previous striping.

1994

The team adopted 1960s throwbacks for select weekends to celebrate the NFL’s 75h anniversary. On the regular uniform, the stripes descended to the bottom of the sleeve.

1997

The next radical redesign. The team unveiled navy blue helmet shells with a unique orange stripe pattern along with a new logo.

The blue jerseys were now navy with white numbering and orange outlines. The midseam now consisted of a thick, vertical stripe. The TV numbers migrated to the shoulder. The white jersey now had navy numbers, orange outlines, and blue at the midseam with orange outlines.

The white pants now had a thick, orange stripe to pair with the home jersey and a blue stripe with an orange outline with the road. The socks for both uniforms were blue with an orange stripe at the bottom. The team also wore blue pants with an orange stripe with the blue jerseys in the preseason.

2001

The Broncos wore a throwback versus the Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day.

2002

The team unveiled an alternate orange jersey, which was an inverse to the primary blues.

2003

The Broncos paired blue pants with blue jerseys for select regular season games. The look was previously seen during the 1997 preseason.

2009

The team unveiled a 50th-anniversary patch and also wore 1960 throwbacks for select games to celebrate the AFL’s 50th Anniversary. Here’s the road version.

2012

The Broncos switched to orange jerseys to use as their primaries.

2016

The Color Rush look was unveiled, featuring a mix of classic and modern. The jersey, pants, and socks were all orange, with the pants featuring navy and white trim. The jersey had white, block numbering outlined in navy along with navy and white sleeve stripes. The helmet was navy consisting of white and orange crown striping. The classic 1968-1996 logo graced the helmets.

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