BRONCOS MOURN LOSS OF OWNER PAT BOWLEN
Note: Quote from Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis is included at the bottom of the publication; Quotes from Mr. Bowlen gathered from his property is also included in the full version
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – It is with heavy hearts and deep sadness that Denver Broncos complains about the loss of the owner Pat Bowen who passed away late Thursday night at the age of 75 after his brave battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Broncos express their deepest sympathy for Mr Boull's wife, Anabel, his children Amy, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Anabel, Christiana The organization also expresses its sincere condolences to fans of Broncos, Mr Bowlen's friends and many people around the National Football League who have worked with him.
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With its immeasurable impact on Broncos, NFL and the community, Mr. Bowen has established himself as one of the biggest players in the history of professional football.
Well-known as "Mr. B" by many, Pat Bowen built a culture of victory in Broncos, which led to unprecedented sustainable success. Broncos published so many Super Bowl releases (7) as lost seasons under Mr. Bowen, including the 1997 and 1998 World Cup, and the Super Bowl 50 victory after the 2015 season.
The first NFL owner with 300 wins in his first 30 years, Mr. Bowlen often says that the word "recovery" is not in his vocabulary. He had an annual tradition in the training camp to predict a 19-0 record and a Super Bowl win for Broncos.
"One thing that's important to me is that we put a team on a field that can fight," Bowen said once. "I like to think [the Broncos] will win Super Bowl every year. I get a thrill of it and I know how much it means to Colorado and Denver. "
Broncos averaged more than 10 wins a year in Pat Bowl's 35 seasons, tying the second best overall winning percentage of all NFL teams (.596, 354-240-1) and publishing home winnings in the championship of 199 points. Among the 123 largest North American professional sports franchise (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB), only San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots and Los Angeles Lakers had a better overall success than Broncos by Mr. Bowen.
No NFL owner in the last 35 seasons had any more winning seasons (21) and playoffs (18) than Mr Bowlen, who helped Denver become the only team with over 90 victories over the first three decades of ownership. Denver scored seven consecutive seasons for losing the league under Mr. Bowen as he was the only team to rank among the top five wins in both cases, as in a pre-sale agency (1984-92, 96 wins, T-4) and in an agency free of charge. (1993-2018, 258 wins, 4th) era of his property.
Only one owner in the history of NFL has presided over more appearances on Superbowl (7) than Pat Bowen, who has made it clear that victory will always be the top priority of the organization.
"As for the football business, victory is all," Bowen said once. "It does not matter what it costs. If you worry about what's worth, go into some other business. "
Introduced in the Broncos Ring of Fame in 2015, Mr. Bowlen is the only owner in the history of the NFL, whose teams appeared in the Super Bowls with four different heads. (19459006) (19459006) (19459006) Gary Cuban (2015). Last season he climbed to fifth place in the NFL's history in overall victories (354) among the major owners.
In the office and in practice every day, Mr. Bowen once talks about his approach to football management, saying: "This business is unique. You must have people you trust, take the talent and train the talent and get out of the way. I know the final result is a win. I also know when and what to contribute from a leadership point of view. "
Evidence of the success and popularity of Broncos under Pat Bowen had no team of NFL to have more home games sold – all 300 possible regular seasons and Broncos play-offs during his property. Broncos also plays in nearly 350 national TV games during his time, including the top 132 most popular games in AFC, with local TV ratings consistently ranked among the highest in the league. Broncos' popularity with Pat Bowen's fans was confirmed in 2014, when the team won the award for being named "American Team" at National Harris Paul.
"That's their team," Bowen once said, referring to the fans. – Not my team. I think if you manage the club well, fans appreciate this. And they have a share in it. "
Mr. Bowlen's renown was recognized in 2000 when he finished first in an ESPN survey, asking:" Which NFL owner would have been nominated many times as a performer of the year by various media publications.
Pat Bowen was unwavering in his support of the thousands of players he proudly called the Broncos Alumni, creating the Ring of Fame team in 1984 as one of his first contributions as the owner. Known as "It's for John," after John Ellie and Broncos won their first Super Bowl in the 1997 season, Mr. Bowen had a special relationship with the players in all of his property.
Entering the facility for days at the rear entrance near the loading dock, Mr. Bowen will first stop at the training room to visit players and staff before heading to his office. He shares a close friendship with many longtime staff members, including 44-year-old sports sport coach Steve "Greek" Antonopoulos who the Bowlen family chose to be his lead for his induction of a pro-football hall of fame .
In an attempt to divert attention and praise to players, staff and fans, Mr. Bowen often said, "It's not about me," when they asked me about Broncos's success.
"I would prefer to work behind the curtain and allow athletes and coaches to be fun," Bowen once said. "I think that's the way it should be."
In addition to his indiscriminate impact on Denver Broncos, Pat Bowen has established himself as one of the biggest players in the game. tireless efforts to support the development of the National Football League. As recently noted by former NFL commissioner Paul Tallibue Mr. Bowen was the only owner who was heavily involved in all four areas of lee growth in the late 1980s and early 1990s : TV, work, stadium and international play play.
One of the longest-standing owners in the history of the NFL, Mr. Bowen has served in 15 different League committees during his stay as the owner of the Broncos, the third largest number of tasks for any owner. During his career, he had a rare presence as chairman of the prestigious NFL Radio and Television Committee and the Executive Committee of the NFL (Labor) Management Board. Pat Bowen has also served in several other prominent league committees, including NFL Films, Compensation, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Network, Finance, International and Workplace Diversity.
When other professional sports leagues struggle with labor and economic problems, Mr. Bowen stressed that NFL can not forget what is most important – the fans.
"I think there is a lesson," Bowen said once. "It's about the relationship with the fans … There is a lot of competition in the [the market] for the sports dollar. I, and this organization, are very aware of this. "
In his role as Chairman of the NFL Broadcasting Committee, Mr. Bowen was an important part of the 18 billion-dollar bargaining talks in 1998, which marked the most lucrative contract for a sport in history. His innovation and vision of expanding the game on television was recently recognized by former chairman of NBC Sports Dick Ebersol who pointed out Mr. Bowen as "the only major force in creating Sunday Night Football."
] Mr. Bowlen's broadcasting efforts and NFL network committees have also contributed to the creation and development of the NFL Network launched in 2003.
Through his work as co-chair of the NFL Steering Committee, Pat Bowlen helped decades of labor peace are guaranteed through its impact on collective bargaining negotiations. It played a key role in the six-year extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2006 and was again part of the CBA's new debates on the 10-year extension in 2011
In March 2005, Mr Bowlen noted the importance of a compromise between NFL and NFLPA to guarantee labor peace.
"I think it's important that everyone does it," Bowen said. "We have labor peace for a long time. I was on the original committee negotiating the deal we are working on … There will be a lot of money in the system and I think the NFLP and the National Football League should look at this and say "OK," there will be a lot of money in the system – that there will not be enough for everyone. "
In addition to advocating for the prosperity of NFL in the United States, Pat Bowen is a strong proponent of international growth. He volunteered Broncos to play eight international games in six different countries (7 American Bowl, 1 International Series) during his property, marking the third most such games in the history of the league. COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS
Introduced in the Hall of Fame in Colorado in 2007, the mentality of the Pat Bowen Championship includes an exclusive commitment to the community. He feels a strong responsibility for the organization that needs to be invested in the Rocky Mountain region after saying, "It is important for me to have this organization with high reputation and that people connect Denver Broncos with Colorado."
As Chairman On the board of the Denver Broncos Charities, Mr. Bowlen donated more than $ 35 million to charities in the Denver area since the creation of this fund in 1993. His status and reputation as owner were recognized locally in 2013 when he received the Miseel Institute. Community Enrichment Award, the most prestigious charity award in the region, community leadership and engagement with the city of Denver and Colorado.
Colorado's longest-lasting owner, Pat Bowen, was the only professional sports owner whose team fully funded his club for boys and girls in America. Opening their doors in 2003, Denver Broncos' boys and girls recently celebrated their 15th season, affecting young people.
n. Bowlen helped the Denver Broncos Boys & Girls Club expand in 2008 with the addition of the Darrent Williams Memorial Teen Center, which was named after the late Broncos cornerback who died in 2007. His longstanding commitment to the Boys & Girls Club was recognized in 2017 when a youth development park in Commerce City, Colo., was dedicated to "Pat Bowlen Field".
In addition to his own charity, Pat Bowen was a strong supporter of the players serving as role models and the return of the community.
"The League has a great impact on the lives of young people and we have to set an example," Bowen said once.
"Players are where they start, and no one is interested in Pat Bowen – I do not even register with the meter, and these young players are looking for a lot of young people and they need to make sure they send the right message. we will do our best to help them understand it. "
Being proud of Denver's call to his home, Mr. Bowen was introduced to the Denver Tourism Fame Hall in 2010 and business Hall of Fame in Colorado 2015 for his unwavering commitment to the region. the Board of the Denver University, Mr. Bowen, donated $ 1.5 million in 2010 to a new training center at the School Athletics Department, called the Pat Bowling Training Center,
– said once "We are proud to be Colorado and we are proud to live in Denver, and we really stick to our city and really stick to our sports teams."
Although Mr. Bowen had a reduced role with Broncos in the last seasons, focusing on its battle with Alzheimer's disease, it continued to have a positive impact arhu community. The public announcement of Alzheimer's diagnosis in July 2014 helped raise awareness and the means of disease, which currently affects more than 5.8 million Americans.
Broncos joined the Bowlen family to take an active role in the Alzheimer community after Mr. Bowen's diagnosis, including the team that added the Alzheimer's Association to Colorado as a leading partner in the community. Led by Pat Bowell's wife Annabelle, the Bowlen and Broncos family, Team Super Bowlen gathered nearly $ 500,000 during the last five Allen Walker Day trip in Denver.
Broncos last season hosted his first day to raise awareness of Alzheimer's disease at the UCHealth Training Center during a training camp, encouraging all fans to wear purple in support of the Bowen family and many others affected by the disease of Alzheimer's. The event raised more than $ 40,000 as the largest fundraising day for the Alzheimer's Walk in Colorado.
Pat Bowen's impact on Denver's sporting landscape stretches beyond Broncos, helping to bring a pair of professional sports franchises to the city.
He has been a private owner of Colorado Crush from the Arena Football League since his first season in 2003 to 2008, with this franchise making five consecutive appearances in the playoffs ("04 -08), including his victory in ArenaBowl XIX in 2005. led the Denros Outlaws in Lacrosse in Denver in 2006, when he was eight times in the championship and won three titles (2014, 16 and 18).
A special athlete and competitor, Pat Bowen maintained an active lifestyle throughout his life. He competed in numerous marathons and triathlons, including the Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, an event where a man had to swim 2.4 kilometers of ocean, ride 112 miles by bike and run 26.2 miles all in a row.
In February 1984, Mr. Bowen finished 135th in 1100 Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii, where he held Oahu home.
Born on 18 February 1944 in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, Pat Bowen attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, competing in his soccer, hockey and track teams. He attends the University of Oklahoma, where he plays a freshman (broad host) and continues to earn degrees in business (1965) and Law (1968).
n. Bowen, who played defensively for Edmonton Huskies at the Canadian Youth Football League in 1962 and is part of the Little Gray Cup's first national championship, began law practice in Edmonton after graduating from college. After successful oil, gas and real estate quarries in Canada, he acquired Denver Broncos in 1984. "In the late 1930s, I became serious about something different," Bowen said once. "I wanted to be deeply involved in some exciting business of people." defining his 35-year career in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
"I'm not involved in football for satisfaction with the ego or the publicity that surrounds it," he said on that day. "I'm involved in my career." Pat Bowen was the heart and soul of Denver Broncos. Pat was not only the owner of the Hall of Fame – he was a man of the Hall of Fame. His competitiveness, kindness and humility are the qualities I will always remember. Even during your fight with Alzheimer's disease you can still see the same power and dignity in Pat that he brings to the office every day for over 30 years.
Pat was the driving force for establishing the culture of the Broncos championship. He was also an exclusive leader at the league level during a key growth period. Не беше всичко, което Пат направи като собственик, но това беше начинът, по който го направи. Отношенията, с които се радваше с играчите, бяха реални и искрени. Пат наистина се интересуваше от играчите по много истински начин и винаги искаше те да получат кредит. Предпочиташе да е на заден план и да постави всеки ресурс за спечелване на Супер Боулс. С феновете Пат почувства по много начини, че екипът му е принадлежал към тях и подхожда към нещата с това. Никога няма да има друг собственик като Пат Боулен. Сърцето ми отива към съпругата му, Анабел, всичките му деца и всичките ни фенове. ”