Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt are contributor candidates for Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and former Cowboys player personnel director Gil Brandt are the contributor nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

Five members of the contributor committee met for more than five hours before selecting the two candidates from a list of 10 finalists. Bowlen and Brandt will join seniors nominee Johnny Robinson on the final ballot, along with five modern-era candidates.

The 48 selectors will meet on the Saturday before Super Bowl LIII, with all finalists needing 80 percent affirmation to be elected.

Bowlen, who has Alzheimer’s, is entering his 35th season as the Broncos’ owner with three Super Bowl victories. He also played a big part on several prominent NFL committees.

David Baker, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, called Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis to deliver the news.

“Wow,” Ellis said. “A big moment for him, his family and everybody in Broncos Country. I’m sitting here with [former Broncos player] Steve Atwater. We’re sitting right outside Pat’s house. I’m going to let Steve tell him.

“. . . It’s overwhelming news and very, very exciting.”

Brandt worked for the Cowboys from 1960-89 and continues to work for NFL.com and SiriusXM NFL Radio.

“Well, I might drive off the highway,” Brandt said. “I’m excited. I’m lost for words, and that doesn’t happen very often. This, without question, is one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me in my life.”

38 responses to “Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt are contributor candidates for Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019

  1. I think that Gil Brandt merits induction into the HOF. He was innovative in scouting (e.g. introducing computer technology to the process in the 1960s) and Tom Landry was able to coach-up the players that Brandt drafted.

    I feel bad about Pat Bowlen’s alzheimer’s disease but sympathy is not a basis for inclusion. To Bowlen’s credit, he didn’t interfere with Denver’s HC’s which was helpful to the Broncos but what did Bowlen actually contribute? Contrary to what many believe he was NOT responsible for the trade for Elway from the Colts – that happened under Edgar Kaiser who was his predecessor as owner. If Bowlen gets in, then it would be almost as much of a sham as Jerry Jones.

  2. If a pro football and league innovator like Gil Brandt doesn’t get in over a guy who did nothing but sign checks and stand on the sideline to be a cheerleader during Elway comebacks, then there is no justice in the world.

  3. That’s great, but why isn’t Joe Jacoby in the HOF? Other than Munoz, not sure who was a better offensive lineman in the 80s. Four Super Bowl rings. Multiple Pro Bowls. C’mon man!

  4. Pat Bowlen was just a cheerleader?

    Chairman of the TV Committee and Labor Committee. It was Bowlen’s decision to bring on Fox as a partner in the 1994 season that changed the TV landscape for the NFL.Bowlen is also considered the father of “Sunday Night Football.” It’s because of Bowlen that “Sunday Night Football” has become one of the most watched TV shows and eclipsed “Monday Night Football” in primetime importance. What’s amazing to consider is when Bowlen took control of the TV committee in the early 1990s, the previous chair, Art Modell, claimed the NFL was losing money.

    -I StClaire SB Nation

    Please educate yourself before you open your mouth. You’re just a troll and no one respects your lame opinion or stupid remarks.

  5. If Bowlen gets in, then it would be almost as much of a sham as Jerry Jones.

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    Bigger sham. That’s not an indication of support for Jones’ inclusion. Jerry Jones has absolutely no business being in Canton, Bowlen just has less.

  6. According to a Denver Post article from 2016, and it might still be true, the Broncos had the highest regular season winning percentage of any team since Bowlen took over in 1984. They had a 143-189-9 record before he took over. They have also had the best home record since then. He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.

  7. Scott Ellinwood says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    That’s great, but why isn’t Joe Jacoby in the HOF? Other than Munoz, not sure who was a better offensive lineman in the 80s. Four Super Bowl rings. Multiple Pro Bowls. C’mon man!

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    So….different category?

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    araidersfan says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:04 pm
    I think that Gil Brandt merits induction into the HOF. He was innovative in scouting (e.g. introducing computer technology to the process in the 1960s) and Tom Landry was able to coach-up the players that Brandt drafted.

    I feel bad about Pat Bowlen’s alzheimer’s disease but sympathy is not a basis for inclusion. To Bowlen’s credit, he didn’t interfere with Denver’s HC’s which was helpful to the Broncos but what did Bowlen actually contribute? Contrary to what many believe he was NOT responsible for the trade for Elway from the Colts – that happened under Edgar Kaiser who was his predecessor as owner. If Bowlen gets in, then it would be almost as much of a sham as Jerry Jones.
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    What did Pat Bowlen actually contribute? He served on 15 committees. He was instrumental in getting Sunday Night Football going (the number one rated television show weekly for the past 7 years) – Dick Ebersol called him the “Father of Sunday Night Football”. He didn’t blow his own horn like other owners (Jerruh, for example), but he contributed more than the vast majority of owners in NFL history. More Super Bowl appearances (7) than losing seasons (6) during his ownership. Do you even read the papers, bro?

  9. How about the only QB to ever win two SB’s and not be in?
    A freaking Heisman talent too! How many have accomplished that?

    Yet Jim Plunkett still gets snubbed.

    HOF voters need to pass the baton. They clearly don’t k ow what they are doing.

  10. Although it’s unfortunate that Bowlen has Alzheimer’s, he’s really done nothing to merit entry into the Hall-of-Fame. There are very few owners today, if any, that have changed the game in such a way that they belong; in fact, for supporting and enabling Goodell, and presiding over the garbage going on today, none of today’s owners should be allowed in anyway.

    Jerry Jones being in the Hall is an utter joke.

  11. coloradical420 says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:25 pm
    Pat Bowlen was just a cheerleader?

    Chairman of the TV Committee and Labor Committee. It was Bowlen’s decision to bring on Fox as a partner in the 1994 season that changed the TV landscape for the NFL.Bowlen is also considered the father of “Sunday Night Football.” It’s because of Bowlen that “Sunday Night Football” has become one of the most watched TV shows and eclipsed “Monday Night Football” in primetime importance. What’s amazing to consider is when Bowlen took control of the TV committee in the early 1990s, the previous chair, Art Modell, claimed the NFL was losing money.

    -I StClaire SB Nation

    Please educate yourself before you open your mouth. You’re just a troll and no one respects your lame opinion or stupid remarks.

    With you on all counts there brother. Thanks for bringing a little education. I was for it before I knew this. Now I am rooting for it.

  12. A well deserved honor for a great owner of one of the most successful sport franchises. Mr. Bowlen’s contributions to the NFL, the community, players and the game of football itself, are huge. It’s safe to say the NFL would not be as successful nor as prominent as it is today without his work and leadership. Congratulations Pat Bowlen.

  13. The fact that Gil Brandt might make it to the professional football hall of fame, before he is put in the so called ring of honor, for a team he helped put on the map is only proof of how much a bitter vindictive child like man Jones is.

  14. Gil is a no brainer. I thought he was already in.

    The HOF is really a joke. If a player is top 10 all time in offensive stats when he retires, he should be in the HOF. Lynn Swan, John Stallworth HOF? Okay. But why not Cliff Branch or even the Harold’s Jackson and Carmichael?

    Art Monk and Andre Reed had less yards receiving than Henry Ellard did (and he retired at #3 all time in receiving yards) and has more all purpose yards than Randy Moss and his fellow 1983 Ram draftee Eric Dickerson. Ellard belongs in the HOF.

  15. The Godfather is a slam dunk!! Alex Marvez should get a shout out for being so gracious on Sirius XM when Gil constantly interrupts him. Seriously, though, if you haven’t listened to Gil on the radio you’re missing out on just how much he has been a part of through a long and storied career.

  16. So he was on a bunch of committees and oversaw bringing another network into the fold- Which is admirable, but doesn’t make him worthy of getting into the Hall-of-Fame. What’s next? the owner who decided to expand stadium menus beyond hot dogs and beer?

    Also, Bowlen was in charge when the “accounting snafus” occurred between 1996 and 1998, which was actually cheating on the salary cap. He generated a cute little story that explained things in a manner Urban Meyer would be proud of.

  17. Gil Brandt was a trailblazer that led to the development of scouting systems league wide with principles that are still being used today by evaluators not the analytics cryptics. A no brainer and should already be in the HOF…

  18. Bowlen’s contributions far exceed Brandts. But Jerrah will make sure Brandt gets in with many healthy handshakes to the voting committee. It’s the Cowboy Way.

  19. Per 24/7 sports:

    Pat Bowlen is the first owner in professional football history to achieve 300 overall wins in his first 30 years.

    • In Bowlen’s 34 years as owner of the Broncos, the team has more Super Bowl appearances (7) than losing seasons (6), including three World Championships.

    • During Bowlen’s ownership, the Broncos own the second-highest winning percentage (.603) in the NFL, which ranks third in all of professional sports.

    • Bowlen is the only owner in NFL history who has had four different head coaches lead his teams to Super Bowl appearances.

    • The Broncos’ 21 winning seasons and 18 playoff berths since 1984 are the most under a single owner in the NFL during that span. The Broncos have an NFL-low six losing seasons under Mr. Bowlen (never in consecutive years).

    • Bowlen has helped Denver become the only NFL franchise to win at least 90 games in each of the last three decades (the Broncos are well on pace to win 90 games in the 2010s, needing only to finish out the decade with a 14-18 or better record to achieve that mark).

    • Under Bowlen, the Broncos were the only AFC team to appear in three Super Bowls in the 1980s. They were also the only team from the conference to win a Super Bowl in the 1990s, capturing back-to-back World Championships in 1997-98 while setting an NFL record for most overall wins (33-6, .846) in a two-year period.

    • During Bowlen’s 34 years of ownership, the Broncos have sold out every regular-season and postseason contest (NFL-high 292 sellouts) as part of the club’s 48-year, 395-game sellout streak that is the longest in NFL history in one city.

    •Denver’s 344 national television appearances under Bowlen are the most in the league during his ownership. That total includes a league-high 160 prime-time games as well as 144 network doubleheader appearances.

    • Bowlen helped put the Rocky Mountain Region on the professional sports map with the sustained success of the Broncos. In addition to the team’s local popularity, a 2014 Harris Poll identified the Broncos as “America’s Team.”

  20. Gil Brandt is the Godfather, he should’ve been in the HoF years ago. He better get in this time. And I am far from a Cowboys fan, but the guy was that influential on the NFL.

  21. Not to speak ill of a sick man but what has Bowlen done to earn HOF? Being involved in various committees? Seriously.

  22. For all of promoting Pat Bowlen based on the Broncos record, playoff appearances, etc….if Bowlen is deserving so is Clint Murchison, the former Cowboys owner. Run the numbers. I’d suggest neither belong. They were owners. So what. Other than George Halas, founder of the NFL, and Lamar Hunt, founder of the AFL, I’m good with no owners in the HOF.

  23. So owners should be let in the HOF because they are ultra rich and own a NFL team now. Please stop this repulsive trend. Jerry Jones didn’t deserve it and neither does Pat Bowlen.

  24. Happy for both Brandt and Bowlen. I think both deserve to get in. People should educate themselves on the HOF process. Brandt and Bowlen are not taking away spots from players like Plunkett or Jacoby. Totally separate category that has no bearing at all on players.

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