Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

National Football League teams honor Pat Bowlen with a Mile High Salute

National Football League teams honor Pat Bowlen with a Mile High Salute

Since buying the Broncos in 1984, the team won 300 games over the span of three decades and had as many losing seasons as the franchise had Super Bowl appearances. "But I was waiting for the day that I was able to do that".

1960s. After graduating from OU, Bowlen opened a law practice in Edmonton, Canada, and began making a fortune in real estate, oil, gas and other natural resources.

Bowlen remains the only National Football League owner to have a team appear in the Super Bowl with four different head coaches, as Dan Reeves, Mike Shanahan, John Fox and Gary Kubiak all managed to make it there while coaching Denver.

"There was no owner or person like Pat Bowlen". He was chairman of the owners' broadcast committee when the NFL expanded its broadcast schedule to include "Sunday Night Football" in 2006, the New York Times noted.

January 1998. Bowlen and Elway finally break through, as the Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers for their first Super Bowl win. Pat Bowlen grew up playing hockey and football and running track. 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.

February 18, 1944. Bowlen is born in Prairie du Chien, Wisc., a city of 6,000 people on the Mississippi River, to his parents, Paul and Arvella Bowlen. He implemented and established the culture of winning we all know and love, and did anything and everything in his power to make this team and the league he was part of better. He also transformed the Denver Broncos into one of the finest franchises in the league and gave a winning identity to an entire region.

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The Broncos revealed in a statement shortly after midnight local time Friday that Bowlen passed away at his home in Denver.

Ownership of the franchise is held in a trust Bowlen set up more than a decade ago in hopes one of his seven children will one day run the team. We'll continue to take care of his team as if he were here today. "His competitiveness, kindness and humility are the qualities that I will always remember", said Broncos CEO and president Joe Ellis in a statement.

Bowlen flashed his competitive streak whether on the road conducting league business, on the sideline watching his team or on the StairMaster drenched in sweat.

"I get it, and I respect that", Manning said, adding that Bowlen flew back to Denver from his offseason home in Hawaii to welcome him when he signed with the Broncos, and they were friends afterward. Last June, Bowlen's wife Annabel announced she also had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

In the statement, posted on the Denver Broncos' website, the family paid tribute to their patriarch and thanked the fans.

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