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Looking at the best quarterback acquisitions not through the draft

Most great quarterbacks are obtained via the draft. Plenty of greats ones haven’t been. And that became the topic for Tuesday’s PFT Live draft — the best quarterbacks acquired by means other than the draft. Simms and I picked three each, mentioned a couple of others, and then neglected to point out Hall of Famer [more]

Broncos won’t rename stadium after Pat Bowlen

After Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s death last week, some in Denver have proposed honoring him by changing the name of the team’s stadium to Pat Bowlen Field at Mile High. At a Monday press conference, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis was asked about that possibility. Ellis said that such a change was not in [more]

Pat Bowlen’s passing may force HOF to change its ring/jacket policy

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s clumsy policy regarding the posthumous presentation of gold rings and jackets is about to get even clumsier. As explained by Mike Klis of, the recent passing of 2019 enshrinee Pat Bowlen will force the Hall of Fame either to apply its policy as written, or to create an [more]

Peyton Manning remembers the honor of playing for Pat Bowlen

Former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is among the many sharing fond memories of longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who died on Thursday. Manning talked to the Broncos’ website about his memories of Bowlen. “I met Mr. Bowlen for the first time when I played for the Indianapolis Colts and I was over in Hawaii at [more]

Broncos to host public tribute for Pat Bowlen

The Broncos announced a Tuesday open house honoring owner Pat Bowlen. Bowlen died Thursday. He was 75. The Bowlen family will join the team in hosting the open-house public tribute celebrating the life and career of Bowlen at Broncos Stadium at Mile High between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday. The tribute will include hundreds [more]

Only 25 unsigned draft picks left league-wide

Rookie contracts are easier to negotiate than in the past, so most teams aren’t waiting around to do them. With most of the league finishing up minicamps this week and packing away the gear until training camp, there are only 25 unsigned picks left across the league. The bulk of them are first-rounders, with 10 [more]

John Elway: Pat Bowlen’s shoes will never be filled

Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback and president of football operations John Elway had a close relationship with Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who bought the team a year after Elway arrived. On Friday, Elway reflected on his time with Bowlen, who died overnight at the age of 75. “Pat gave me so much and he was [more]

Paul Tagliabue: Pat Bowlen is one of the top five owners in league history

Pat Bowlen will receive much praise, as he should, in the coming days. No praise will be higher than that given by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. “Pat Bowlen and I spent a great deal of time together during my 17 years as Commissioner,” Tagliabue said in a statement issued Friday. “He volunteered on more [more]

Pat Bowlen’s influence on the NFL was immense

Beyond the success of the franchise he purchased in 1984, and its success was sustained and impressive, Broncos owner Pat Bowlen helped the NFL achieve even greater success. The game began to thrive in the late ’50s, thanks to that perfect intersection of football and television. And Pat Bowlen did as much as anyone to [more]

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

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 [more]

Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at age 75

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 [more]

Emmanuel Sanders: Nobody can match how Antonio Brown works

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders says the hardest-working player in the NFL is now a rival in the AFC West. Sanders said on 104.3 in Denver that his old Steelers teammate Antonio Brown, who was traded to the Raiders this offseason, is the single hardest-working player he’s been around. Sanders admitted that even he can’t [more]

Emmanuel Sanders “would have wanted” adjusted deal if not for injury

Emmanuel Sanders doesn’t blame his teammate, Chris Harris Jr., for sitting out part of the offseason program to indicate his unhappiness with his contract. The cornerback returned to organized team activities May 29 after getting a contract adjustment. Sanders, in fact, said he “more than likely” would have gone through a similar circumstance if not [more]

Looking at the NFL’s most memorable 7s

On Wednesday night, the Blues and Bruins will square off in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Final. The game should be memorable. Which makes memorable the key word, for our purposes. Wednesday’s PFT Live draft focused on the most memorable 7s in league history. Simms once again won the #rigged coin toss, and he [more]

Zane Beadles retires after nine seasons

Free agent offensive lineman Zane Beadles is retiring from the NFL. He announced his decision in two Twitter posts Monday. “After nine years in the NFL, many things led to me deciding retirement from this profession was my next step,” Beadles wrote. “I look back on my time with gratitude for the amazing experiences this [more]

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