Gene Mingo was an all around threat for 5 years with the Broncos beginning with their inception.The first black field goal kicker in American professional football, Mingo was a very versatile player: he played several positions including halfback,kicker, and kickoff/punt returner. In 1960 he had the first punt return for a touchdown in the American Football League. That touchdown won the first-ever American Football League game, as the Broncos defeated the Patriots. Mingo also scored the first points in Mile High Stadium, then called Bears Stadium, with an 18-yard field goal. In the 1961 season opener at War Memorial Stadium against the Buffalo Bills, Mingo threw two touchdown passes from the halfback position, to help the Broncos win 22-10: a 50-yarder to Lionel Taylor in the first quarter, and a 52-yarder to Taylor in the third. Mingo kicked the PATs after each score. Gene Mingo led the American Football League in scoring in 1960 with 123 points and in 1962 with 137 points, and was an American Football League All-Star both years. He also holds the franchise record for the longest touchdown run, an 82-yarder against the Raiders in 1961. He wore #21 with the Broncos.