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  • Broncos' Pat Bowlen finalist for Hall of Fame

    Three decades of excellence define legacy

    BY: Troy E. Renck
    POSTED: 2:35 PM, Aug 15, 2016


    CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Be great at everything.

    Broncos owner Pat Bowlen refused to live in gray areas. His expectations for the Broncos were championships. Anything else was a disappointment. His driving force helped produce three Super Bowl titles, and forge a legacy worthy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Tuesday, a nine-person subcommittee will vote on two contributor finalists to submit to the Hall of Fame committee. Bowlen is a strong candidate to advance, leaving him position to become a member in Canton on Feb. 4 at Super Bowl 51. The competition is stiff, including former commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Cowboys godfather of football, Gil Brandt and Dallas owner Jerry Jones. However, Bowlen boasts a resume that is impossible to ignore. He was the fastest owner to reach 300 wins. And his teams have had five losing seasons since he bought the team for $78 million in 1984.

    Bowlen ceded day-to-day control of the Broncos in July 2014 as he battles Alzheimer's disease. When the Broncos won Super Bowl 50, general manager John Elway provided the exclamation point, declaring "This one's for Pat." It brought the pair full circle since it was Bowlen who paid tribute to Elway when the Broncos finally broke through for a championship following the 1997 season.

    The Broncos inducted Bowlen into the team's Ring of Fame last season. He was too ill to attend the ceremony.

    If you want to know why Bowlen’s Ring of Fame induction during halftime of the game against Green Bay meant so much to the Broncos, walk into the trainer’s room, step into the locker room, call a former player. They gush and fight back tears when explaining his impact.

    Bowlen set the standard for excellence, turning the Broncos into an AFC powerhouse. Bowlen stood out because he stood in the background, a driving force with a heart in a sport short on sympathy and compassion.

    “He loved his players. Loved them,” said Broncos president Joe Ellis.

    Bowlen is not one dimensional. He helped grow the league internationally and was driving force on the NFL's broadcast committee. He helped spearhead "Sunday Night Football," which has become a staple for viewers.

    “I’ve always felt that the really great and iconic owners are the owners who have not only built great franchises individually, but have worked really hard to make the NFL a better product," longtime broadcaster Al Michaels said. "The fact that Sunday night is now the biggest night — that goes back to Pat. That goes back to him working with Dick Ebersol, who ran NBC Sports (and will be in Denver on Sunday)."

    For players, Bowlen has long been a Hall of Famer. He made their lives easier with extra seats on planes, TVs in the locker rooms and bigger coaching staffs. But it was the human touch that stuck out, and why they'd love to see him achieve football immortality.

    "He was the first one to call me after I hurt my knee, and I will never forget that," said Broncos Ring of Famer Terrell Davis. "He was always there for us. He wanted us to be the best. He set the standard. You never wanted to let him down."

    Source: The Denver Channel

  • #2
    If ever there was an owner deserving of the HOF, Bowlen is one of them. Not only did he serve a successful, competative, and winning team, his influence within the NFL and work to open the sport up to more fans, with SNF for example, is reason enough.

    That his players respect and love him is probably his best legacy that no memorial in Canton could come close to replacing. As much as it would be an honor to go in to the HOF, his true fraternity is among his Broncos family.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rastic View Post
      If ever there was an owner deserving of the HOF, Bowlen is one of them. Not only did he serve a successful, competative, and winning team, his influence within the NFL and work to open the sport up to more fans, with SNF for example, is reason enough.

      That his players respect and love him is probably his best legacy that no memorial in Canton could come close to replacing. As much as it would be an honor to go in to the HOF, his true fraternity is among his Broncos family.

      Sums it up perfectly, nice post. :thumb:

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Rastic View Post
        If ever there was an owner deserving of the HOF, Bowlen is one of them. Not only did he serve a successful, competative, and winning team, his influence within the NFL and work to open the sport up to more fans, with SNF for example, is reason enough.

        That his players respect and love him is probably his best legacy that no memorial in Canton could come close to replacing. As much as it would be an honor to go in to the HOF, his true fraternity is among his Broncos family.

        You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Rastic again.

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        • #5
          We all know how much Pat deserves his place in Canton but we also know the HoF is a disgusting popularity contest rather than an objective shrine to actual accomplishment. I swear if they deem mob and gambling connected Eddie DeBartolo worthy but not Pat, I'll lose the last shred of respect I try to keep alive for the Hall
          "There is no plan B. Plan A is to win the Super Bowl" - John Elway
          PLAN A ACCOMPLISHED 2/7/16!!!
          LSU 15-0 2019 BCS Champions...Geaux Tigers :dance:

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          • #6
            The Hall of Fame isn't worthy of Pat Bowlen. It's a joke and he deserves better.
            Anyone seen Jake Plummer?

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            • #7
              Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue are the two finalists. Which is a complete joke. Jerruh won 3 Super Bowls based on Jimmy Johnson building a great team. Once Jerruh took over as GM the Cowboys started their decline. The only real "contribution" he's made to the league is building a massive stadium with an enormous TV in it.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Butler By'Note View Post
                Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue are the two finalists. Which is a complete joke. Jerruh won 3 Super Bowls based on Jimmy Johnson building a great team. Once Jerruh took over as GM the Cowboys started their decline. The only real "contribution" he's made to the league is building a massive stadium with an enormous TV in it.


                I've seen Cowboys fans saying it's about 'contributions' to the league, but as far as I know Bowlen helped turn around the TV side of things in the 90s when he took over as head of the committee. Partnering with multiple networks and Sunday Night Football don't happen without Pat Bowlen, plain and simple.

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                • #9
                  I knew Bowlen would be overlooked and not get in. Mainly because he's a Bronco and our team gets overlooked for everything including having players represented in the HOF.

                  Makes me so angry.
                  Adopted Bronco: DeMarcus Ware

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Hesky View Post
                    That is one heck of a cool chart! I wonder how a chart comparing Pat to Kraft and the other owners would look? I think it would cement what many of us already know...Mr B has been the most successful owner in most metrics since taking over in '84
                    "There is no plan B. Plan A is to win the Super Bowl" - John Elway
                    PLAN A ACCOMPLISHED 2/7/16!!!
                    LSU 15-0 2019 BCS Champions...Geaux Tigers :dance:

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                    • #11
                      No disrespect to Jones, but if the selection committee bases their decisions on performance, how can you pass over Bowlen? Oh well, it doesn't lessen his legacy for me one bit.

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                      • #12
                        Anyone really surprised by this......
                        I support Kaepernick 100%

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                        • #13
                          Just found out 2 of the voters are from Dallas. Whatever!
                          Adopted Bronco: DeMarcus Ware

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Rastic View Post
                            No disrespect to Jones, but if the selection committee bases their decisions on performance, how can you pass over Bowlen? Oh well, it doesn't lessen his legacy for me one bit.
                            It lessens the legitimacy of the Hall of SH/f/ame
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Freyaka View Post
                              It lessens the legitimacy of the Hall of SH/f/ame
                              The legitimacy of the HOF has been whittling down for quite a while now. It appears that if you are friends with the media (Bettis, Dungy) they'll put you in whether you're deserving or not. Bettis belongs nowhere near the HOF, but he was a Steeler, he was always good with the media and he's buddies with Peter King, so he's in.

                              Tony Dungy being deserving or not being put aside, why was there such a rush to get him in? Most coaches have to wait for years and years to be inducted, but with Dungy they really seemed to push that agenda. Again, he was always good with the media, now is the media and he's buddies with Peter King.

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