Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died Thursday at age 75 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Bowlen, who bought the Denver franchise with his allies in 1984, helped the Broncos become one of the winningest teams in NFL history, earning three Super Bowl trophies, also will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame together with the 2019 course this August at Canton.
Friday morning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell led a cacophony of praise for Bowlen’s extraordinary life and the influence he had on the league and beyond:
“Pat was driven by the will to succeed and his aggressive spirit made him a fantastic leader. All of us will greatly miss his kindness, passion and wisdom,” Goodell said in a statement.
“Pat had a deep love for the sport of football, the Broncos and the City of Denver. In the 35 years he owned the Broncos, he helped produce a remarkable 21 winning seasons and seven Super Bowl appearances, including three titles.
“Our league is also better due to Pat’s extraordinary contributions. As co-chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and the chair of the NFL Broadcasting Committee, Pat played an instrumental role in many aspects of our League that gained fans, clubs and players.
“Pat personified all that’s right about the NFL and is extremely deserving of this summertime as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
“We send our deepest condolences to Annabel, the Bowlen family and Broncos’ fans in Denver and around the globe.”
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