Hall of Fame will give gold jacket, ring to Pat Bowlen’s estate

AP

After Pat Bowlen died earlier this year, the question of whether he would receive a gold jacket and ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame was raised because the Hall has not issued those things to the estates or families of other deceased inductees.

The Hall of Fame has announced a change in that policy for the late Broncos owner. Bowlen was elected to the Hall of Fame in February and had been measured for the jacket and ring before his death in June. Hall of Fame spokesman Pete Feirle referenced that as well as the fact that no other person selected for enshrinement has died during the period before election and induction.

“Pat Bowlen is the first individual to pass away between the time he was elected and formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame,” Fierle said, via Mike Klis of KUSA. “The process was underway to create his Hall of Fame Gold Jacket and Hall of Fame Ring of Excellence. As previously planned prior to his death, the Gold Jacket and Ring of Excellence will be presented to the Pat Bowlen estate to be displayed in the front lobby of the UC Health Training Center [in Denver].”

“The Gold Jacket and Ring of Excellence will serve as an everlasting reminder of the impact Pat Bowlen made on the Broncos and the National Football League. He epitomized the values and virtues learned from the game of football that serve as inspiration to fans to live a ‘Hall of Fame life’ of character.”

While the statement does not address other posthumous inductees directly, it does not appear that the decision regarding Bowlen will apply to the likes of Ken Stabler, Junior Seau and others who have been elected to the hall after their deaths.

11 responses to “Hall of Fame will give gold jacket, ring to Pat Bowlen’s estate

  1. I thought it was going to the Organization. Where it was property of the Denver Broncos where it could not be sold. I would think there is agreement with family that the gold jacket and ring belong to the club.

  2. I have to admit that I enjoy it when a trophy wife does the kids out of their inheritance.

  3. The difference is the NFL viewed the families of Seau and Stabler as liabilities due to the players Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Happy to see Pat Bowlen being taken care of, just wish the others got the same respect.

  4. So if someone is awarded the medal of honor posthumously it should be withheld from the family so it doesn’t end up on Ebay. Same logic. What small minded folks.

  5. redlikethepig says:
    July 2, 2019 at 5:44 pm
    I have to admit that I enjoy it when a trophy wife does the kids out of their inheritance.

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    Stay in school kids or you might end up like this idiot.

  6. Owners going into the HoF is like your bosses continually agreeing to give each other their employee of the month awards. But given massive salary-cap cheating (exceeding the then $54M by $29M, not once but twice) and several other contract irregularities those years, all to keep vets sweet for stealing those two SBs, Bowlen should’ve been barred from the HoF.

  7. footballpat says:
    July 2, 2019 at 5:46 pm
    So if someone is awarded the medal of honor posthumously it should be withheld from the family so it doesn’t end up on Ebay. Same logic. What small minded folks.

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    Comment of the day brother. And a seriously good analogy. Two thumbs up. Wish I had a third.

  8. A lot of pointless, snarky comments here, but the facts are he is the only one to die after being elected but before being enshrined. His estate should get the ring and jacket he was fitted for. NOT the football club. The same estate that would get it if he had received it, then died.

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