By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Long-time Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has died. He was 75.
Bowlen has a long battle with Alzheimer’s. He died on Thursday night.
“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen, passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family,” the family statement said. “His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans. Our family wishes to express its sincere gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight.
“Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility. More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being.”
Bowlen stepped down in July 2014 as the team’s CEO after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He was the team’s CEO from the time he purchased the team in 1984 through 2014 when he stepped down.
The Bowlen Family purchased the team in 1984 from Edgar Kaiser.
He was named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019. He will be inducted posthumously in August.
Since purchasing the team, the Broncos won seven AFC Championships, including three Super Bowls (XXXII, XXXIII, and 50).
In addition, the team won the Stanfield Cup in 2014, 2016, and 2018.
He is survived by his wife Annabel and seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel, and Christianna.