Statement from Arthur Blank on death of longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen dies at 75

"What the family has tried to do is uphold the wishes of Pat Bowlen which is that one of his children take over for him and from what I'm told, Brittany Bowlen has emerged as the most likely successor", Rapoport said.

"Our family wishes to express its honest gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years".

Over the past three-plus decades, the Broncos have won seven AFC Championships under Bowlen (1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013 and 2015), along with three Super Bowl Championships - including back-to-back wins in 1997 and 1998 to become just the sixth National Football League team to do so.

In addition to the Denver Broncos, Bowlen's sports portfolio included the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, as well as the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush. Bowlen served on 15 different NFL ownership committees, including his work as chairman of both the NFL Broadcasting Committee and NFL Management Council Executive Committee.

In February, Bowlen was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not only was Pat a Hall of Fame owner, he was a Hall of Fame person. "Even during his battle with Alzheimer's, you could still see that same strength and dignity in Pat that he brought to the office every single day for more than 30 years".

Sadly, Bowlen's condition had deteriorated to the point where he could not appear on stage when Broncos vice president John Elway and the Broncos hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the third time.

"Pat gave me so much and he was someone that I always looked up to".

Under Bowlen's leadership, the Broncos won three Super Bowls including their most recent win of Super Bowl 50 over the Carolina Panthers. He gave this team everything we needed to be the best and compete for championships, and the focus was always on football. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and support over the years. He was a terrific leader. Beyond the strong passion he had for his football team, he cared deeply about his community, and he left an indelible mark on his beloved city of Denver.

"I will miss Pat greatly and will always treasure the times we had together". His wife, Annabel, would later reveal she too is battling the disease.

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