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Push for Pat Bowlen to Hall of Fame expected to commence soon

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The momentum continues to build to put Broncos owner Pat Bowlen in the Hall of Fame.

As explained by Mike Klis of 9news.com, the Contributors Selection Committee will meet next month to determine its finalist for the next class of inductees. Per Klis, Bowlen is expected to receive his strongest consideration yet.

Some believe Bowlen should have gotten in before Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who in four weeks will formally be enshrined. Bowlen’s impact on the league arguably was matched that of his colleague from Texas.

“Ownership had always tended to follow Art [Modell] and whoever the commissioner was, and they felt they were well-served,’’ former NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol told Klis. “But then along came Pat and Jerry, guys who were then called mavericks. I would say in retrospect they were visionaries. . . .

“Mr. B and Jerry Jones are the two people who really opened the flood gates of television money,’’ Ebersol added. “It had increased every time since the ‘60s. But never like what happened when FOX came [in 1994] and the money changed.”

Twelve years later another major change came, with NBC getting back in to the NFL business by taking over Sunday Night Football, a property that went from cable to broadcast and that became, as a practical matter, what Monday Night Football used to be. Ebersol has called Bowlen “the father’’ and the “single major force” of the Sunday night franchise.

Most believe Bowlen, who relinquished control of the team in 2014 due to Alzheimer’s disease, inevitably will be enshrined. It won’t be a surprise if it happens this year. The first major step will be for Bowlen to secure the lone spot devoted in the 2018 class earmarked for a contributor to the game.

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26 Responses to “Push for Pat Bowlen to Hall of Fame expected to commence soon”
  1. harrietknutczak says: Jul 9, 2017 4:13 PM

    Why would they allow an owner in who cheated the salary cap?

  2. waynefontesismyfather says: Jul 9, 2017 4:19 PM

    WHY is the “push” on? The last paragraph says it all. Get him in while he’ll be able to remember it the following day. Because the day after…not so much.

    No business being in the HoF. Has done nothing for the League.

  3. 700levelvet says: Jul 9, 2017 4:27 PM

    I say put Jeffy Lurie in too… A real maverick borrows the money from his mom at a 1% interest rate to buy a team… Gold standard

  4. canedaddy says: Jul 9, 2017 4:30 PM

    How can Bowlen go in before Art Modell?

  5. smarter than you says: Jul 9, 2017 4:51 PM

    Cheatingest cheat to ever cheat. Al Davis knew it, and now the rest of the league should too.

  6. araidersfan says: Jul 9, 2017 4:59 PM

    Those that believe that Pat Bowlen was responsible for acquiring John Elway in the trade with the Colts are mistaken. That was done under the previous Denver owner (Edgar Kaiser). So I’m not really sure what qualifies Bowlen for the HOF. But then again, I don’t know what qualifies Jerry Jones either.

  7. stew48 says: Jul 9, 2017 7:31 PM

    Is Al Davis in HOF?

  8. joetoronto says: Jul 9, 2017 8:11 PM

    More proof that they’ll put absolutely anybody in the HOF now.

    The NFL confirmed the Bronco’s cheated the cap at least twice under Bowlan.

    What a joke.

  9. unbiasedminds says: Jul 9, 2017 8:35 PM

    This is insane. Let everyone in the HOF, already let John Lynch, Jerome Bettis, and Tony Dungy in..

  10. f6maniac says: Jul 9, 2017 8:44 PM

    Why can’t he buy is way in like Jerry?

  11. raiderinva says: Jul 9, 2017 9:19 PM

    unbiasedminds says:
    Jul 9, 2017 8:35 PM

    This is insane. Let everyone in the HOF, already let John Lynch, Jerome Bettis, and Tony Dungy in..

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    Yet Jim Plunkett is still on the outside looking in….

  12. gmen5280 says: Jul 9, 2017 9:32 PM

    HOF is a joke anymore. What used to be for once in a generation player enshrinement. It is now who ever looked good over a 4-8yr career. They need a separate hall w/in the HOF for the greats of the game.

  13. paulieorkid says: Jul 9, 2017 9:43 PM

    Get Jerry Kramer in there. Stop waiting until he is dead and/or most of his contemporaries are dead. It’s ridiculous.

  14. hugeheavywoman says: Jul 9, 2017 9:48 PM

    HOF should be for players and coaches only. What next, cheerleaders and mascots?

  15. donkeykickinurface says: Jul 9, 2017 10:00 PM

    That’s Mr. Bowlen to you. Since becoming owner of the Broncs in 1984 – NFL records follow (why must I do this again?): Denver owns the most regular-season wins (322 (tied with NE)), winning seasons (21), playoff berths (18) while ranking second in overall wins (343) and Super Bowl appearances (7) The Broncos have dominated the AFC Western Division by posting more division titles (13), conference championship game appearances (9) and Super Bowl appearances (7) more than any other club in the division. I can’t possibly blame any haters for being bitter and jealous. Oh wait, and second most consecutive home sellouts? How ’bout crafting a global record $18 billion TV deal for the NFL? Eat that 1997 salary cap screamers!

  16. tylawspick6 says: Jul 9, 2017 11:03 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jul 9, 2017 8:11 PM
    More proof that they’ll put absolutely anybody in the HOF now.

    The NFL confirmed the Bronco’s cheated the cap at least twice under Bowlan.

    What a joke.

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    it was actually 3 seasons:

    1995, 1996 and 1997

    so it was not an accident

    “this one is for john” alright

    it was elway who took the deferred payments

    the greatest REAL cheating scandal of all time

  17. camdenyard says: Jul 9, 2017 11:07 PM

    Enough of this madness. Owners don’t belong in the HoF. Period.

  18. mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says: Jul 9, 2017 11:59 PM

    donkeykickinurface…. well said.

    Salary cap screamers love to think things were done under the table. They deferred money (on the books) to have cash to pay their portion of the new stadium. They took their punishment.

    There weren’t investigations to find spygate, piping of sound..etc.. Bowlen worked for the good of the League. While Al Davis wanted to hold the salary cap issue against Bowlen, He couldn’t deny the fact that he made more money because of Bowlen.

    Jerrah getting in was a complete farce… Tell me how he benefitted every owner and player. Tell me how he has the most wins in the NFC since he became owner… His ownership resume can’t hold Pat Bowlens Jock.

  19. fafaflunky says: Jul 10, 2017 12:13 AM

    Hall of free masons

  20. rickyspanish24 says: Jul 10, 2017 12:34 AM

    Hall should be reserved for players and then the media, and then after that outside contributors. Commissioners and owners need to have accomplished a long list of beneficial changes in order to make the Hall. Tell me how Bowlen capitalizing on television revenue (something that would have eventually happened any way) is a significant accomplishment.

    If that’s the standard then Messersmith, McNally, and Curt Flood belong in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

  21. raidernation210 says: Jul 10, 2017 7:31 AM

    For what? Cheating the Salary cap to win 2 super bowls?? what a joke!!

  22. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jul 10, 2017 8:41 AM

    Jim Marshall first. He played football and stuff

  23. TheDPR says: Jul 10, 2017 8:54 AM

    I don’t like the inclusion of owners or executives in the HoF. They aren’t the ones that bring “fame” to the league. It’s the players and the extremely-rare coach that we watch and spend our hard-earned money to support as fans. The best owners are the ones that stay out of the spotlight and let the football professionals do their job.

  24. tylawspick6 says: Jul 10, 2017 10:25 AM

    mikeremmersisvonsturnstile says:
    Jul 9, 2017 11:59 PM
    donkeykickinurface…. well said.

    Salary cap screamers love to think things were done under the table. They deferred money (on the books) to have cash to pay their portion of the new stadium. They took their punishment.

    There weren’t investigations to find spygate, piping of sound..etc.. Bowlen worked for the good of the League. While Al Davis wanted to hold the salary cap issue against Bowlen, He couldn’t deny the fact that he made more money because of Bowlen.

    Jerrah getting in was a complete farce… Tell me how he benefitted every owner and player. Tell me how he has the most wins in the NFC since he became owner… His ownership resume can’t hold Pat Bowlens Jock.

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    So, we’re supposed to believe a sold out stadium for years and years, with corporate sponsorship up the ying yang, meant Elway’s real salary was inhibiting the building of the new stadium?

    Just how stupid do you think the average person is? The insult to everyone’s intelligence is beyond embarrassing for Broncos stooges like you.

    Ya cheated.

    You got caught red-handed, factually having an advantage in the cap era for the best FAs available, as you showed you had more cap space than you really did.

    You stole (and kept) key, veteran and expensive FAs, while stealing them from division rivals as well (Neil Smith and Darien Gordon).

    Enough already. It’s the greatest scandal ever and Tagliabue was VERY nice to you.

    You should be beyond thankful dumb Millennials never even heard of it and the media didn’t care at the time the audits were run, nor were the Broncos very good by the early 2000s, so no one cared.

    But, real fans know….We know.

  25. tncheese says: Jul 10, 2017 10:50 AM

    NOBODY ELSE SHOULD GO IN TO THE HALL BEFORE JERRY KRAMER!

  26. theaveragecharlie says: Jul 10, 2017 6:54 PM

    Bob Harlan should be in the HOF before Pat Bowlen. Bob Harlan should have been in the HOF before Jerry Jones.

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