FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 14: Tim Tebow #15 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass against the New England Patriots during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Gillette Stadium on January 14, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The 20 Greatest Broncos Players In The 2000s

Since the start of the new millennium, Broncos fans have seen the team at both ends of the spectrum. At one point, Denver was among the best teams in the league, playing in Super Bowls and winning championships. At another, they were setting marks of futility that the franchise hasn’t seen since the early 1970s.

During that time, a ton of different names and faces have rolled through town, donning the orange and blue. Some have been among the biggest names to ever play in the NFL.

In honor of the past 20 years of Broncos football, it’s time to take a look back on some of the best to ever walk onto the gridiron at Empower Field. Here are the 20 best Broncos of the 2000s:

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20. Matt Prater (2007-13)

In 2013, when the Broncos were the most-prolific offense in NFL history, it wasn’t just their quarterback, running backs, tight ends and wide receivers who were lighting up the scoreboard; Denver’s kicker also had a banner year. That season, Prater set a franchise record with 150 points, connecting on 25 out of 26 field goals and all 75 of his extra-point attempts. He also set an NFL record when he connected on a 64-yard field goal in a December win over the Titans.

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19. Tim Tebow (2010-11)

It often wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was typically fairly ugly. But somehow, against all odds, Tebow found a way to get things done when it mattered most, especially during a magical 2011 season that made the Broncos relevant again on the national stage. Behind their unconventional quarterback, Denver won six straight games to dig out of a 2-5 hole. They won the AFC West and then hosted the Steelers in a playoffs game that would be one of the most-memorable moments in franchise history.

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18. Clinton Portis (2002-03)

His time in Denver was short, as the second-round pick spent just two seasons with the Broncos before being traded to the Redskins for Champ Bailey, but they were productive years. Portis posted the third- (1,591 yards) and fifth-highest (1,508) single-season rushing totals in franchise history. He also scored 29 rushing touchdowns and caught two scores during those two years.

 

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