ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — In addition to former and current Broncos, other NFL team owners and the NFL commissioner, many reporters and other media members took some time to share memories they had of their time around Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen, who passed away late Thursday night at the age of 75.
Some recalled his achievements and his impact on the Broncos or the NFL, and some simply looked back on memorable moments from interactions they shared with him.
Read on to see how some of the NFL's leading media figures and local reporters remembered Mr. Bowlen.
RIP Pat Bowlen, a significant architect of a top franchise and of the NFL ... though he never wanted credit for either.— Peter King (@peter_king) June 14, 2019
I have many memories of Pat Bowlen, on matters both big and small, but one of my favorites will always be how he would predict the Broncos would go 16-0 every season -- "If I don't think that way, how will anyone else?'' Condolences to the Bowlen family.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) June 14, 2019
Pat Bowlen is what this country so desperately needs, quiet leaders who accomplish great things. Dick Ebersol has told me there would not be @SNFonNBC without Pat Bowlen. The story of Pat being a man of his word is moving. Plus, 300 wins in 30 years. God Bless!— Cris Collinsworth (@CollinsworthPFF) June 14, 2019
Al Michaels on the passing of Pat Bowlen: pic.twitter.com/IA7uKhi0Wp— NBC Sports PR (@NBCSportsPR) June 14, 2019
I loved this clip I found in the @CBSDenver archives. It's from an interview with Pat Bowlen after he first bought the team.— Ryan Greene 📷 (@RyanCBS4) June 14, 2019
Hearing his enthusiasm about becoming the owner of the Broncos is the best part:#Broncos #BroncosCountry #NFL pic.twitter.com/MS40SzCii1
From the @NFLNetwork archives: March 2004, @NFLTotalAccess at the Owner's Meeting with our guest @Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, his overall coolness and support for the Network on full display. Thank you for all that you did for us at NFL Network. #RIPPatBowlen pic.twitter.com/xowZiUQtMf— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 15, 2019
The NFL has lost one of its giants with the passing of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, a key figure in helping the league become the global brand that it is. My deepest condolences to his family and close friends.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) June 14, 2019
I remember Pat Bowlen pointing towards fans crowding in the burm during 2013 training camp: "This is their team. It's not my team. I think if you manage your club well, the fans appreciate that. They have a stake in it too. They buy tickets.'' #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) June 14, 2019
I will remember Pat Bowlen as one of the most competitive men in Denver sports history.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) June 14, 2019
It was that competitiveness that spawned Super Bowls.
He wanted it more than anybody. https://t.co/2EsP6K1DmP
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My heart aches today 😔 There was no one better. Period. And while I know “Mr. B” is now in peace, the loss of such a magnificent man is heartbreaking 💔 As a proud @denverbroncoscheer alumni, I witnessed Mr. Bowlen treat us with the same respect and genuine kindness that he did his @broncos players, coaches and staff. He didn’t have to do that. He didn’t have to care that much. But he did. I was lucky enough to call “Patty B” a friend and mentor. Any time I had a question about the sports broadcasting business, he answered it. Every email. Every phone call. That kind of impeccable goodness is rare. I will never forget the lessons I learned from this man. I will carry them with me forever. I will never forget what he did for the game of @nfl football, the city of Denver, and #broncoscountry 💙🏈🧡 My heart goes out to the Bowlen family, as they go through this difficult time 🙏🏼🙏🏼 Gone, but never forgotten - Mr. B’s legacy will live forever. #thisonesforpat
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More incredible Pat Bowlen stuff from the @CBSDenver archives.— Ryan Greene 📷 (@RyanCBS4) June 14, 2019
Mr. B🕶️allowed us to follow him around Mile High Stadium🏟️for the 1991 Week 1 game against the Bengals.
If you want to see just how much passion he had for his team, watch this ➡️#Broncos #BroncosCountry pic.twitter.com/hmvrkRzxAi