The Denver Broncos' franchise history is as colorful as any team in football. Kicking off their existence in 1960 with a few terrible seasons in the AFL, they turned things around in the Super Bowl era, with some all-time great players suiting up in Mile High and leading them to eight Super Bowl appearances with three wins.
It's no surprise that a team with so much history also holds some unusual records. Here are three that really fit the bill.
Broncos Franchise Records
1. The Only Franchise With Two 63-Plus Yard Field Goals
The NFL record for the longest field goal is one that has typically stood for a long time. Tom Dempsey set it with a 63-yarder for the New Orleans Saints in 1970. That wasn't matched until 1998, when Broncos kicker Jason Elam matched it. Over the next decade-plus, that record was again matched a few times, but not surpassed. Then in 2013, Denver's Matt Prater became the only kicker to ever hit a 64-yarder — a record that stands to this date. The Broncos are now the only team in NFL history that has successfully made two field goals of at least 63 yards.
2. Brandon Marshall: Most Receptions in a Single Game (21)
This record itself isn't necessarily unusual, but the way Brandon Marshall got there certainly is. In 2008, he had an 18-reception game against the San Diego Chargers. That was tied for second-most all time, with only Terrell Owens ahead of him. The next season, Marshall broke the record against the Indianapolis Colts. That not only made him the NFL's all-time, single-game reception leader, but it also made him the only player in NFL history with 17-plus catches in multiple games.
3. Champ Bailey: Most Career Passes Defended
One of the greatest defenders in Broncos history, Champ Bailey played 10 years in Denver after being traded for Clinton Portis ahead of the 2004 season. The trade obviously worked out for the Broncos, as Champ was a first-team All-Pro for each of his first three seasons in Denver. With both a high peak and plenty of longevity, Bailey became the first and only player in NFL history to record at least 200 pass defenses. He was consistently fighting for the lead with Ronde Barber throughout their respective careers, but Barber finished with 197, while Champ took first place with 203.
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