DENVER, Colo. – Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen passed away Thursday night at the age of 75.
Bowlen, who will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, had been battling Alzheimer’s disease. His family announced his passing in a statement via the Broncos website.
“We are saddened to inform everyone that our beloved husband and father, Pat Bowlen passed on to the next chapter of his life late Thursday night peacefully at home surrounded by family,” the statement read. “His soul will live on through the Broncos, the city of Denver and all of our fans.
Statement from the Bowlen family on Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) June 14, 2019
Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984 and oversaw the most successful era in the franchise’s history. The Broncos won three Super Bowls (XXXII, XXXIII, 50) during his tenure and won the AFC championship seven times.
Bowlen is the only owner in NFL history to achieve 300 overall victories during his first 30 seasons. He was elected to the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame in 2015, and is a member of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.
In addition to his role with the Broncos, Bowlen played a key role in shaping the NFL. He served on 15 league committees during his ownership, helping negotiation record-breaking TV contracts and helping to negotiation years of labor peace with the players.
Pat is survived by his wife Annabel, and his seven children: Amie, Beth, Patrick, Johnny, Brittany, Annabel and Christianna.