Denver Broncos beloved and revered owner Pat Bowlen has been included in a list of 10 finalists up for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Hall’s committee of members announced Monday.
Bowlen, who would go into the HOF in the “contributor” category, has been unquestionably one of, if not the best owner in the NFL during his time in Denver. Since Bowlen took over in 1984, the Broncos have had the most regular season wins, fewest losing seasons, second-most Super Bowl appearances, second-most division titles and fourth-most world championships in all of the NFL.
When he purchased the Broncos back in 1983, the organization had never made a Super Bowl appearance. Bowlen’s ability to fundamentally change the culture within the franchise has resulted in an astounding seven AFC Championships and three Super Bowl titles.
The other notable names of the 10 finalists to make the list are current Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and the late Steve Sabol of NFL Films.
Stepping down from his everyday responsibilities back in 2014 due to a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, Bowlen remains as much a part of the team’s heart and spirit today as he did when he was around the facilities on a regular basis.
The Broncos reiterated that fondness towards Bowlen by not only pronouncing “This one’s for Pat!” as they raised the Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 50, but by having those same words inscribed on their championship rings as well.