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R.I.P Pat Bowlen


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It's been so sad to see his succumb to such an awful disease these past few years.

It's a testament to the man Pat was when you hear how former players speak about him. He was known as an Owner that looked after his guys, and wanted to do everything to win.

A sore loss for the football community. My thoughts are with his loved ones.

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It's a shame he didn't get to the HoF induction ceremony, but at least he was announced before his time.   He was the driving force with Jerry Jones for nighttime football on SNF/TNF, and he was an incredible owner for the team - no owner had his level of sustained success that I can recall.   And to boot, a really great guy who instilled a culture of both success and family.    And he was a senior member for many of the really important committees that brought the NFL from 3rd ranked side sport to the top ticket in North America.   Jerry Jones gets the credit for being the face, but in fact most of the TV Execs pointed out Bowlen was the guy who engineered it behind the scenes (google **** Ebersol NBC and Pat Bowlen for more, but here's a sample link - https://footballmaven.io/talkoffame/nfl/****-ebersol-how-pat-bowlen-changed-pro-football-forever-VKii0k1O-0y4y04E7vYLhw/ ).  He literally should be considered one of the top owners in sports, let alone the NFL.  He was a role model for being a successful owner.

His HoF induction was long overdue, it should be quite the emotional ceremony this year.

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3 hours ago, dll2000 said:

What does this mean for Elway's job security?  No difference, less, more?

The ownership has been in a trust run by CEO Joe Ellis as part of a 3-member group.  Ellis is the driving force.  Nothing changes until a family owner is ready to take over.  The legal battle last year was to challenge the trust’s authority and choice Brittany Bowlen as the heir to the throne.   So far that doesn’t have wheels so it’s the status quo.   

Elway is still on the hot seat but nothing is different with Pat’s death.   Ellis stills calls the shots with the trust until another Bowlen takes over.  And that’s not happening anytime soon. 

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23 minutes ago, Broncofan said:

The ownership has been in a trust run by CEO Joe Ellis as part of a 3-member group.  Ellis is the driving force.  Nothing changes until a family owner is ready to take over.  The legal battle last year was to challenge the trust’s authority and choice Brittany Bowlen as the heir to the throne.   So far that doesn’t have wheels so it’s the status quo.   

Elway is still on the hot seat but nothing is different with Pat’s death.   Ellis stills calls the shots with the trust until another Bowlen takes over.  And that’s not happening anytime soon. 

Thanks. Is that trust online somewhere? Would be interested in wording. 

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On 6/15/2019 at 2:29 PM, dll2000 said:

Like what does it or you mean by ‘when a family member is ready to take over.’

Sounds like they (heirs) think they are ready, but regent doesn’t want to abdicate the throne. 

In Brittany’s case she has very little experience in the organization or football FO’s.   That’s what’s leading to a transition period as she’s getting that now.  There’s a risk of course Ellis won’t give up power as easily but for now waiting is agreed to by all parties except for Pat’s brother / other daughter who challenged the trust’s plan in court last year. 

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19 hours ago, Broncofan said:

In Brittany’s case she has very little experience in the organization or football FO’s.   That’s what’s leading to a transition period as she’s getting that now.  There’s a risk of course Ellis won’t give up power as easily but for now I’m waiting is agreed to by all parties except for Pat’s brother / other daughter who challenged the trust’s plan in court last year. 

Did u know that Joe Ellis is a first cousin to George W. Bush? 

 

Mr. President, what are you going to do about Katrina? "We're gonna find her."

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Apologies for the lateness but just wanted to pay respect to a great owner, not just in the NFL, but in the whole of sport.

It feels disrespectful to refer to him as just an owner. Pat Bowlen will forever be a part of not just the Broncos legacy, but the city of Denver's legacy for all that he did for the community.

The words of tribute spoken about Pat by players such as Elway and Manning were really nice, and showed just he was respected by players he held relationships with.

Thank you for everything Pat Bowlen, for what you did for the Denver Broncos and the NFL. 

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