Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at age 75

Mr. B is the greatest owner in sports’ Pat Bowlen dies after lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s

Mr. B is the greatest owner in sports’ Pat Bowlen dies after lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s

The Denver Broncos announced the passing of owner Pat Bowlen early Friday morning at age 75.

"His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans", Bowlen's family said in its statement Thursday night. "Members of the Bowlen family will be present to greet and thank attendees for their support", the team said.

Bowlen's wife, Annabel, who recently announced that she, too, has Alzheimer's, and their children were on hand to accept the Lombardi Trophy on his behalf in Santa Clara, California. Pat Bowlen grew up playing hockey and football and running track.

1962. After graduating high school, Bowlen attended the University of Oklahoma, his father's alma mater.

After working in oil, gas and real estate in Canada, he purchased the Denver Broncos in 1984. "So, I was glad and really thrilled that I was able to do that and we'll take that trophy over to Pat next week and let him cherish it".

"As far as the business of football, winning is everything", Bowlen once said.

That came 18 months after Alzheimer's forced Bowlen to step down from his daily duties running the team. "It's what I wanted all my life". But Denver, under head coach Dan Reeves and led by young star quarterback John Elway, couldn't get over the hump, losing all three Super Bowls by a combined score of 163-50. The Broncos also won Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

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"This one's for Pat", he said. "John!" The Broncos defended their title, beating the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl in 1999.

In his role as the chairman of the board of Denver Broncos Charities, Bowlen's overseen the donation of almost $30 million to area organizations since the fund's inception in 1993. Bowlen then hires New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Not only that, Bowlen made his community a better place.

Bowlen, who stepped away from regular ownership duties several years ago, had been battling Alzheimer's for the last few years. Denver would finally break through in Elway's final two seasons, winning consecutive Super Bowls after the 1997 and 1998 seasons, the former memorably punctuated by Bowlen's postgame declaration, "This one's for John".

November 2015. Bowlen is inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame.

Bowlen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a contributor in the class of 2019 and will be enshrined in August. He also served on multiple other committees, including: NFL Films, Compensation, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Network, Finance, and global and Workplace Diversity.

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