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Broncos to unveil Bowlen statue


DENVER — A statue of Denver Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen on the south end of Sports Authority Field at Mile High will be unveiled in a private ceremony Saturday evening.

The tribute, which was commissioned and financed by a group of community leaders with sponsorship ties to the team, captures Mr. Bowlen in his customary pose on the sideline during Broncos games.

Work began on the statue in January, and nine months later, it will be fittingly situated in a center position in Ring of Fame Plaza in front of "The Broncos" sculpture of wild horses, the statue stands nine feet tall and is placed in front of a curved wall incorporating massive bronze plaques containing information about the longest-tenured professional sports owner in Colorado.

Mr. Bowlen, who is in his 31st year as owner of the Broncos, has positioned the organization as one of the elite franchises in all of sports. A recent Harris poll named the Broncos as America's favorite team—a testament to the winning culture and first-class standards established by Mr. Bowlen throughout his tenure in Denver.

During his three-plus decades of ownership (1984-pres.), the Broncos have totaled the second-most regular-season wins (293) in the NFL while appearing in eight conference championship games and six Super Bowls. Last season, Mr. Bowlen became the first owner in professional football history to reach 300 overall wins (including regular season & playoffs) in his first 30 seasons. His historic and prolific record on and off the field have been a testament to the organization from the inside out.

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