Roger Goodell: NFL is better because of Pat Bowlen’s contributions

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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died on Thursday night at the age of 75.

The Broncos have won three championships and advanced to seven Super Bowls since Bowlen bought the team in 1984. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell noted that success along with the way Bowlen influenced the way the league has been televised by serving as the chair of the league’s Broadcasting Committee.

“Pat was driven by the will to succeed and his competitive spirit made him a great leader. We all will greatly miss him and his kindness, passion and wisdom.  Pat had a deep love for the game of football, the Broncos and the City of Denver. In the 35 years he owned the Broncos, he helped deliver a remarkable 21 winning seasons and seven Super Bowl appearances, including three titles.”

“Our league is also better because of 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 facets of our League that benefited fans, players and clubs.”

“Pat personified all that’s right about the NFL and is extremely deserving of this summer’s recognition 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 world.”

Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease several years ago and stepped away from his role with the team in 2014. His impact on the game had already been felt in many ways by that point and will continue to be felt for many years to come.

13 responses to “Roger Goodell: NFL is better because of Pat Bowlen’s contributions

  1. All I know is under his ownership and direction he raised the Denver Broncos to a elit team in the NFL. Of course fans may say John Eleay and coached did that, BUT it ALWAYS STARTS at the TOP. RIP Pat.

  2. One of the greatest owners in history, regardless of the sport. Mile High salute Mr. B, your legacy will live on forever.

  3. and its much worse from goodells “contributions”

  4. maybe we could as a group not argue, not fight and maybe come together for one day and send $10 a person for ALZ research. Pat did all he could for a game we all love and enjoy.
    I dont mind being 1st

  5. broncoschick says:
    June 14, 2019 at 9:23 am

    One of the greatest owners in history
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    The Broncos were fined a total of $1.918 million and docked two-third round draft picks for a series of salary-cap violations in the 1990s.

    The first punishment, a $968,000 fine and the forfeiture of a third-round pick, came in December 2001, due to $29 million in deferred payments to quarterback John Elway and running back Terrell Davis. The second punishment, a $950,00 fine and another lost third-round pick, for cap violations that occurred between 1996 and 1998. The Broncos won the Super Bowl at the end of the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

  6. Shame on the NFL for dragging their feet in getting Pat Bowlen into the Hall of Fame. They had a chance while he was still alive but selected Jerry Jones instead. Now he gets in the Hall this summer after he is gone. Enough said there. Rest In Peach, Pat. You are the greatest owner in all of sports. You will be missed. Thank you for making us champions! God Bless and Go Broncos!!

  7. God bless you Mr. B you fur coat and aviator wearing madman! Best owner a fan could ever ask for.

  8. Yes, a great, great owner. Brought us 2 Super Bowl titles by ignoring the salary cap and paying John Elway and Terrell Davis under the table. He belongs in the HOF as Elway and Davis are already there. Maybe put the three of them together over in the Integrity Wing.

  9. carloswlassiter says:
    June 14, 2019 at 10:25 am

    The Broncos were fined a total of $1.918 million and docked two-third round draft picks for a series of salary-cap violations in the 1990s.
    The first punishment, a $968,000 fine and the forfeiture of a third-round pick, came in December 2001, due to $29 million in deferred payments to quarterback John Elway and running back Terrell Davis. The second punishment, a $950,00 fine and another lost third-round pick, for cap violations that occurred between 1996 and 1998. The Broncos won the Super Bowl at the end of the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
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    razzlejag says:
    June 14, 2019 at 3:39 pm
    Yes, a great, great owner. Brought us 2 Super Bowl titles by ignoring the salary cap and paying John Elway and Terrell Davis under the table. He belongs in the HOF as Elway and Davis are already there. Maybe put the three of them together over in the Integrity Wing.
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    The deferments were from March to June in an attempt to keep sufficient funds in escrow for the proposed new stadium. Not one dollar was paid “under the table”. Elway and Davis agreed to wait a few months, but they were not permitted to do so. The cap was unaffected, it was an external funding issue. Still a violation, yes. But you both taking this moment of reverence to spew your jealous, bitter lies says more about you than Mr Bowlen. He was a first class gentleman who never said an unkind word about anyone and always took care of his players. Rest in peace sir. Your legacy is intact.

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