Broncos to honor Owner Pat Bowlen with tribute at first home game, helmet decal

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As the Broncos continue honor Owner Pat Bowlen’s life and legacy, the team will wear a helmet decal during the upcoming 2019 season, President and CEO Joe Ellis said Monday.

The decal will be based on the orange, ovular “Mr. B” pin that was designed for Bowlen’s Ring of Fame induction in 2015.

“Pat didn’t want to be attached to a jersey,” Ellis said, “and he probably didn’t want to be attached to a helmet either, but I think we owe it to him to honor him that way.”

Ellis said the Broncos will honor Bowlen before their first regular-season home game, which will be Sept. 15 against the Bears.

The Broncos will also recognize Bowlen’s Hall of Fame induction and Champ Bailey’s Ring of Fame and Hall of Fame inductions during the team’s Week 6 game against the Titans.

Ellis said the Broncos will not rename the stadium as Pat Bowlen Field at Mile High, which some fans have floated as a possible name on social media.

“I’ve seen that and I’ve listened to that,” Ellis said. “ ... I try to think what he would want. I don’t think he would want that, so I don’t think we’re going to do that.”

The decal, though, will give the Broncos a way to honor Bowlen throughout the season.

“He will be missed,” President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway said. “I know he won’t be around, but I know every time we play a football game at Mile High or on the road, Pat Bowlen’s still going to be a part of it.”

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