Considered one of the most successful owners in modern NFL history, Pat Bowlen had to relinquish control of the Denver Broncos back in 2014 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Four years later, and Bowlen himself is one step closer to being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who announced that he’s a contributor finalist for the Class of 2019.
— Pro Football Hall of Fame (@ProFootballHOF) August 23, 2018
Having owned the Broncos since 1984, this organization boasts the best record in the NFL during that span. It’s an era that has included seven conference titles and three Super Bowl championships.
Current Broncos general manager John Elway responded to Thursday’s news with a heartfelt message to Mr. Bowlen.
When you talk about contributors, nobody’s given more to the game than Pat Bowlen. His impact on the Broncos and NFL will never be matched, and it’s great to see that recognized today.
— John Elway (@johnelway) August 23, 2018
If inducted, it’s the highest honor that could be bestowed upon an owner. As of right now, only 14 team owners have busts in Canton, the latest being Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys.