The Denver Broncos were the most humble member of the misfit American Football League at its inception in 1960. They couldn’t even afford their own uniforms, so they scrounged up those dreadful yellow and brown rags from the defunct Copper Bowl.

The Broncos have since cultivated a proud history: two Super Bowl Championships, six AFC Championships, 12 AFC West titles, 19 playoff appearances and six Hall-of-Famers.

There were plenty of contributors off the field, like owner Gerald Phipps who saved the franchise from a planned sale to Atlanta in 1965, or head coach Mike Shanahan who led Denver to victory in Super Bowls XXXII and XXXIII and achieved a franchise record 138 wins.

But this Rocky Mountain Mount Rushmore is reserved for the following four players who have led Denver through the thick and thin.