On Thursday, the Denver Broncos announced that team Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died. It was at his Denver-area home. This was after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Bowlen, who was 75-years-old, died less than two months before he was to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bowlen’s family released a statement on Friday morning:
“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night. Peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. The Denver Broncos owner family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight. Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility. More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being.”
Pat Bowlen Legacy
The team plans to hold a public tribute to Bowlen on Tuesday at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. His funeral will be held on June 24.
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen
Furthermore, during his 35-year tenure as the owner of the team, the Broncos had only seven losing seasons. Which matches the total number of Super Bowls that they played in. The team won three Super Bowls under Bowlen. Also, led the league with 21 winning seasons under Bowlen. The team’s 18 playoff appearances under Bowlen are second in the league.
“Pat gave me so much and he was someone that I always looked up to,” John Elway, the Broncos’ president of football operations and general manager, said in a statement Friday. “He gave this team everything we needed to be the best and compete for championships, and the focus was always on football. That’s all you can ask for in an owner — yet he did more.”
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