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John Elway emotional after Pat Bowlen
John Elway emotional after Pat Bowlen's Alzheimer's announcement
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: FOX Sports
John Elway Dedicates Super Bowl 50 Win to Pat  Bowlen | Panthers vs. Broncos | NFL
John Elway Dedicates Super Bowl 50 Win to Pat Bowlen | Panthers vs. Broncos | NFL
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: NFL
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen coping with Alzheimer
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen coping with Alzheimer's disease
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
Pat Bowlen Got Screwed
Pat Bowlen Got Screwed
Published: 2016/08/19
Channel: ThatsGoodSports
This one
This one's for John
Published: 2014/12/28
Channel: John Dunham
Klis: It
Klis: It's outrageous to leave Pat Bowlen out of Hall of Fame
Published: 2016/08/17
Channel: 9NEWS
BTV 1-on-1: Shannon Sharpe on his special relationship with Mr. Bowlen
BTV 1-on-1: Shannon Sharpe on his special relationship with Mr. Bowlen
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Denver Broncos
BTV: David Hill on Pat Bowlen
BTV: David Hill on Pat Bowlen's HOF candidacy
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Denver Broncos
Pat Bowlen Tribute Song "Greatest Owner Ever"
Pat Bowlen Tribute Song "Greatest Owner Ever"
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: themadfanatic
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Deserves To Be In the Hall of Fame- Good Morning Football NFL
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen Deserves To Be In the Hall of Fame- Good Morning Football NFL
Published: 2017/08/02
Channel: NFL Show
Former Broncos players talk about Pat Bowlen
Former Broncos players talk about Pat Bowlen's impact on them
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
Goodell:
Goodell: 'The game wouldn't be as good without Pat Bowlen'
Published: 2017/08/04
Channel: Denver Broncos
BTV: Former Broncos GM John Beake reflects on Pat Bowlen
BTV: Former Broncos GM John Beake reflects on Pat Bowlen's NFL contributions
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Denver Broncos
Super fans express sadness about Pat Bowlen`s health
Super fans express sadness about Pat Bowlen`s health
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
This One
This One's for John. Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen.
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: Michael Salavati
Pat Bowlen - Ring of Fame Speech
Pat Bowlen - Ring of Fame Speech
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Karl Bonitz
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps down due to Alzheimer's
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: USA TODAY
Broncos
Broncos' John Elway talks about Pat Bowlen legacy
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen deserves to be in Hall of Fame
Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen deserves to be in Hall of Fame
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: The Denver Post
Jerry Jones on Robert Newhouse, Pat Bowlen
Jerry Jones on Robert Newhouse, Pat Bowlen
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: startelegramvideo
Trending Now:  John Bowlen, son of Broncos
Trending Now: John Bowlen, son of Broncos' owner Pat Bowlen arrested on harassment charges
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
PAT BOWLEN RESIGNS
PAT BOWLEN RESIGNS
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: ThatsGoodSports
Denver Broncos owner Annabel Bowlen forgets what team she owns
Denver Broncos owner Annabel Bowlen forgets what team she owns
Published: 2016/02/08
Channel: ahull25
Broncos induct Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen into the Ring of Fame
Broncos induct Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen into the Ring of Fame
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
Broncos
Broncos' President Joe Ellis on Pat Bowlen Announcement - NFL
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
Fans react to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen Stepping down
Fans react to Broncos owner Pat Bowlen Stepping down
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
Pat Bowlen joins Broncos
Pat Bowlen joins Broncos 'Ring of Fame'
Published: 2015/10/31
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
John Elway - This One
John Elway - This One's For Pat! Broncos Post Super Bowl Ceremony
Published: 2016/02/10
Channel: Karl Bonitz
ESPN FIRST TAKE 8 17 2016 JERRY JONES GOING INTO THE HALL OF FAME OVER PAT BOWLEN IS RIDICULOUS
ESPN FIRST TAKE 8 17 2016 JERRY JONES GOING INTO THE HALL OF FAME OVER PAT BOWLEN IS RIDICULOUS
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: ESPN FIRST TAKE
NFL: MORE PAT BOWLEN BRONCOS OWNER FILE
NFL: MORE PAT BOWLEN BRONCOS OWNER FILE
Published: 2016/07/21
Channel: CNN
2015 Colorado Business Hall of Fame: Pat Bowlen
2015 Colorado Business Hall of Fame: Pat Bowlen
Published: 2015/02/10
Channel: RockyMountainJA
Broncos induct owner Pat Bowlen into the Ring of Fame
Broncos induct owner Pat Bowlen into the Ring of Fame
Published: 2015/11/02
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
John Bowlen arrested on domestic violence charges
John Bowlen arrested on domestic violence charges
Published: 2015/06/05
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis on Pat Bowlen
Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis on Pat Bowlen's condition at NFL owners' meeting
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: The Denver Post
Proclamation: Feb. 9, 2016 Pat Bowlen Day
Proclamation: Feb. 9, 2016 Pat Bowlen Day
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: CBS Denver
Broncos coach John Fox talks about Pat Bowlen
Broncos coach John Fox talks about Pat Bowlen
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
Report: Pat Bowlen was hospitalized for clot
Report: Pat Bowlen was hospitalized for clot
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
BTV: Annabel Bowlen
BTV: Annabel Bowlen's attendance adds to 'Pat Bowlen Field' dedication
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: Denver Broncos
A Message To Pat Bowlen
A Message To Pat Bowlen
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Chris Parente
John Elway speaks about Pat Bowlen
John Elway speaks about Pat Bowlen
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Colorado Springs Gazette
Pat Bowlen helped turn NFL into richest sport in the world
Pat Bowlen helped turn NFL into richest sport in the world
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
Bubby Brister: It was an honor to play for Pat Bowlen
Bubby Brister: It was an honor to play for Pat Bowlen
Published: 2015/10/30
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
Pat Bowlen Steps Down. Is he the Best NFL owner?
Pat Bowlen Steps Down. Is he the Best NFL owner?
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: Social Sports
John Bowlen, son of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, arrested on suspicion of DUI in California
John Bowlen, son of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, arrested on suspicion of DUI in California
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: Denver7 – The Denver Channel
2015 Colorado Hall of Fame Laureate Pat Bowlen
2015 Colorado Hall of Fame Laureate Pat Bowlen
Published: 2015/02/05
Channel: RockyMountainJA
The End of an Era: Alzheimer
The End of an Era: Alzheimer's Forces Pat Bowlen to Step Down as Broncos Owner
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: Modern Wall Street
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen steps aside to fight Alzheimer`s
Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen steps aside to fight Alzheimer`s
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
Pat Bowlen Field Dedicated
Pat Bowlen Field Dedicated
Published: 2017/05/26
Channel: CBS Denver
PAT BOWLEN
PAT BOWLEN
Published: 2015/05/08
Channel: TheOneandOnlyTCM
Heavy hearts at Broncos headquarters as owner Pat Bowlen steps aside
Heavy hearts at Broncos headquarters as owner Pat Bowlen steps aside
Published: 2014/07/24
Channel: FOX31 Denver
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Pat Bowlen
Candid photograph of Bowlen walking on a football sideline wearing blue-grey slacks, a light blue shirt with a red tie and sunglasses.
Bowlen in 2010
Denver Broncos
Position: Principal owner
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-02-18) February 18, 1944 (age 73)
Place of birth: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Career information
High school: Campion Jesuit
College: Oklahoma
Career history
As executive:
Career highlights and awards

Patrick Dennis Bowlen (born February 18, 1944) is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984. He served as the Broncos CEO from his purchase of the club in 1984 until July 2014, when he stepped down as Broncos' CEO due to the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Pat Bowlen was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Bowlen was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of Arvella (née Woods) and Paul Dennis Bowlen, who became a millionaire in the Canadian oil business, founding Regent Drilling as a wildcatter. The oil company is now owned by Pat's brother John.[2] Bowlen is Catholic [3] and his team’s charity raised more than $1 million recently for the Catholic Capuchin order’s ministries to Denver’s poor and homeless.[4] He attended Campion Jesuit Catholic High School[5] and later earned degrees in business (1965) and law (1968) from the University of Oklahoma. The younger Bowlen became wealthy in his own right by becoming a successful lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. He also worked as an executive for his father's company and as a real estate developer and had major investments in the mining industry.

Bowlen is an initiated member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. He was initiated by the University of Oklahoma, Beta Omicron chapter in 1963. He is a member of the bar association and law society of Alberta, Canada. Bowlen is also one of the largest donors to the University of Denver.

Denver Broncos ownership[edit]

From 1999 to 2008, Bowlen and the Broncos were involved in several legal battles against one-time owner Edgar Kaiser. In 1998, Bowlen agreed to sell retired football legend John Elway a share in the team.[6] When Bowlen let the existence of the offer slip out to Kaiser while both were at the 1999 Bohemian Grove,[7] Kaiser sued, claiming a breach of contract. Kaiser asserted that he had a right of first refusal if any deal is made involving franchise ownership. In 2004, a jury ruled in favor of Kaiser and a federal judge decreed that Kaiser was entitled to purchase back 10% of the Broncos using the identical purchase terms offered to Elway. Bowlen appealed the original verdict that ruled in favor of Kaiser and won in 2008, as the appellate court ruled that the structure of the Bowlen-Elway deal did not violate the original right of first refusal agreement.[8]

On December 30, 2008, Broncos head coach and Vice President of Football Operations Mike Shanahan was fired by Bowlen after a 14-year tenure as the head coach. Bowlen stated he wanted his team to go in a different direction. He undertook a search over two weeks and eventually chose Josh McDaniels, who at the time was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots. Subsequently, after a losing streak in the 2010 season, McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Broncos.[9] On February 12, 2009, Bowlen appointed Brian Xanders as the team's sole general manager and fired Jim Goodman and Jeff Goodman.

Within two weeks of the end of the 2010-11 regular season, Bowlen and the Broncos had hired former Carolina Panthers' coach John Fox to be their new head coach. Although Bowlen had discussions with Fox before the hiring, new front-office executive John Elway was mostly responsible for the hiring. By late 2009, rumors had begun to emerge that Bowlen had stepped out of the spotlight because of short-term memory loss.[10] He told The Denver Post columnist Woody Paige that his memory wasn't what it used to be and that he couldn't recall details of the Broncos back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late 1990s. Starting in 2010, Bowlen no longer played a major role in the Broncos' decision making, and Executive VP John Elway and President Joe Ellis assumed control. On July 23, 2014, due to complications with Alzheimer's disease, he officially relinquished control of the team to Joe Ellis.[11]

On November 1, 2015, Bowlen was inducted into the Broncos' Ring of Fame, earning him a bronze plaque that stands on the south side of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.[12]

Since Bowlen acquired the team in 1984, the Broncos have the highest winning percentage of any franchise in the National Football League (334 wins, 212 losses, and 1 tie, for a .612 winning percentage), passing the San Francisco 49ers after the 2015 season.

Colorado Crush ownership[edit]

Besides being owner and CEO of the Broncos, Bowlen was also part-owner of the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush. He shared ownership with Denver-based sports mogul Stan Kroenke and legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway. The Crush entered the AFL as an expansion franchise in 2003. After going through a 2-14 season in 2003, the team became a perennial playoff contender and one of the league's top franchises. The Crush won the Arena Football League Championship in 2005. Bowlen has won four championships as a football franchise owner: three Super Bowl titles with the Broncos in 1998, 1999, and 2016 and an Arena Football title in 2005 with the Crush.

Denver Outlaws ownership[edit]

In 2006, Major League Lacrosse decided to expand adding the Denver Outlaws to its league of teams. The Denver Outlaws have been the most winning franchise that Bowlen has ever owned, boasting a regular season win percentage of .690 since their creation. The Outlaws have been to the playoffs every year of their existence except one (2015) and advanced to the championship game six times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017), winning the championship in 2014 and 2016.

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