Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at age 75

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Pat Bowlen, the principal owner of the Denver Broncos since 1984, passed away Thursday night at age 75 after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

The Broncos released a statement from the Bowlen family just after midnight in Denver announced his passing.

“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family. His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans.

“Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.

“Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility.

“More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being.”

Bowlen’s illness was first announced by the team in July 2014. He stepped down from the day-to-day operations of the team and placed eventual stewardship into the hands of a three-person group of trustees. While family infighting over the controlling interest of the franchise has become the subject of a legal battle, Bowlen’s wife, Annabel, and his seven children, Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna, were all named in the statement released by the team early Friday morning.

With Bowlen as owner, the Broncos have won three Super Bowls, appeared in four more, won the AFC West 13 times and made 18 total playoff appearances. Bowlen is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August after being elected in the contributor category in January.

Bowlen is the fifth majority owner of an NFL team to pass away in the last 15 months. Others who have died were Tom Benson (Saints, March 2018), Alex Spanos (Chargers, October 2018), Paul Allen (Seahawks, October 2018) and Bob McNair (Texans, November 2018).

30 responses to “Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at age 75

  1. As someone who isn’t a Broncos fan I was happy he was able to get one last championship run back in 2015, RIP to him and condolences to his loved ones.

  2. Condolences to his family and friends and the Broncos family. One hell of a run with three rings. Not many win 1 ring, fewer win 2. How many can brag about THREE!. Hopefully the family mends now

  3. Rip very sad news if the pats can’t win the sb again I hope Denver wins it. these are the times we should remember this great game of football’s brings us together !

  4. RIP to a great owner in the NFL. That is a terrible disease, and happy that he is at peace now.

  5. Sadly now the family feud for control of his money and team will begin!

  6. Bowlen created a mess for the team by not resolving the ownership issue before stepping down. It continues to plague the team’s progress and makes John Elway the de facto owner and unfireable. This needs to be resolved and his death does nothing to do so. He really tarnished both his legacy and the franchise.

  7. The only owner I can remember. In his 32 years at the helm, the Broncos were second only to the San Antonio Spurs in winning. Picture of class and dignity. Took care of his players and made us all proud. Rest in Peace Mr Bowlen.

  8. aarons444 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    7 Super Bowls since he bought the team.

    If we could all be so fortunate….

    26 – 8

    Rate This

    Who were the 26 idiots who gave this a thumbs up? They won three.

  9. Been a sports fan since my Grandfather introduced me to the Red Sox when I was 5 back in 1955. Been a fan of a few teams since then, but been a Bronco’s fan since 1992. I often saw Pat Bowlen at practices & even a few games when I was lucky enough to score tickets to a suite. Always classy always smart and just an all around wonderful person and owner. RIP Pat. There was not a single player or employee who didn’t love this man. In this new age of owners who are always meddling ( Dan Snyder ) or getting in trouble he was a class act. It’s a stain on the NFL that not only didn’t they elect but 1 contributer in 5 years from 2011 – 2015, but Pat did more for the NFL than most owners and should have been inducted while alive and well.

  10. RIP to the coolest white dude in a fur on the sidelines…
    You will be missed!

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