Sad News in Broncos Country…Pat Bowlen Step Down
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen stepped down today as owner of the Denver Broncos. Bowlen is relinquishing control of the team to President Joe Ellis because he has been battling Alzheimer’s for a few years. Bowlen has owned the Broncos for 30 years, 6 of which they went to the Super Bowl, winning titles in ’97 and ’98.
Growing up in Denver, I became a big Broncos fan. They are my team in the NFL. I’ll always remember Pat Bowlen as the man to make sure John Elway got his title. He has always been a “hands on” owner but not like Jerry Jones or Al Davis “hands on” though. One thing about Bowlen is that he loved the game and always wanted to win. The Broncos had a couple down seasons after Elway, but they’ve been a perennial contender in the AFC West.
The Broncos will not be sold and the long term plan is for one of his 7 children to take over when ready. Until then Joe Ellis and #7 will make decisions. When the Broncos won their 1st Super Bowl Pat Bowlen said “This One’s for John”. I have a feeling John will be saying the same thing back to Pat come February. GO BRONCOS!!!