Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Dies at 75 After Battle With Alzheimer's

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

Pat Bowlen, who purchased the Denver Broncos in 1984 and oversaw what became one of the NFL's most successful franchises, passed away late Thursday night after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. My heartfelt condolences go out to his beloved wife Annabel, his children, the Denver Broncos and their fans. He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and the Broncos had a 354-240-1 record since he bought the team in 1984.

Bowlen, while battling Alzheimer's disease, turned over control of the Broncos to a family trust in 2014, the Washington Post noted. Bowlen will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio this August, and he was already inducted into the Broncos Hall of Fame back in 2015.

"My family and I are saddened by the loss of Pat Bowlen, and our hearts are with the Bowlen family and the entire Denver Broncos organization during this hard time". He also served on multiple other committees, including: NFL Films, Compensation, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Network, Finance, and worldwide and Workplace Diversity. Bowlen served on 15 different NFL ownership committees, including his work as chairman of both the NFL Broadcasting Committee and NFL Management Council Executive Committee.

"Pat was the driving force in establishing the championship culture of the Broncos", Ellis said. The Broncos would win the first of their three Super Bowls just weeks later.

Elway, now the team's president of football operations and general manager, remembered Bowlen Friday morning.

Bowlen also became one of the NFL's most powerful owners during his tenure. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and support over the years. Pat was a great listener, always asking what was going on, and I learned so much from watching him. He did a great job of applying pressure at the right times but always trusted his football people to make the right decisions. "Pat had a deep love for the game of football, the Broncos and the City of Denver". What he did for this team, this city and the entire National Football League will never be matched. "We'll continue to take care of his team as if he were here today".

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