Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen died late Thursday, just under two months before his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Bowlen, who battled Alzheimer’s for several years, was 75.
The Broncos won three Super Bowls – in the 1997, 1998 and 2015 seasons – and advanced to seven conference championship games after he bought the team in 1984.
Bowlen also played a major role in shaping the NFL’s commercial fortunes in his role as chair of the league’s Broadcasting Committee, helping to secure multiple lucrative network TV contracts.
Bowlen served as the team’s chief executive until 2014, when he stepped down from day-to-day operations after announcing he was fighting Alzheimer’s. Long-time executive Joe Ellis has run the team ever since.
Bowlen is survived by his wife, Annabel, and his seven children. Two of Bowlen’s daughters – Beth Bowlen Wallace and Brittany Bowlen – have expressed interest in becoming controlling owner, a decision that will be made by the Pat Bowlen Trust.