DENVER — Pro Football Hall of Famer and Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen has been celebrated as much for his off-field contributions as his on-field success.
On Tuesday at the Boy Scouts of America’s Denver Area Council Sports Breakfast, Bowlen was again recognized for his charitable contributions to the Denver area.
Bowlen’s daughter, Brittany, accepted the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her father.
“It’s incredibly humbling to accept this Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of my father,” Brittany Bowlen said. “I know he would love to be here supporting the important work of the scouts and listening to one of his favorite players and new Pro Football Hall of Famer, Champ Bailey.”
Bailey served as the keynote speaker for the Sports Breakfast and will be enshrined in Canton alongside Bowlen in August.
Hassan Salem, a U.S. Bank regional president for the Denver region, presented the award and highlighted both the success of Bowlen’s teams on the field and the work he did in the Denver community.
Bowlen, as Salem said Tuesday, led the Broncos’ efforts to be a key partner of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The Broncos’ continuing partnership with the council impacts the lives of thousands of young people per year, Salem said.
“My dad always said the Broncos are the public trust and that the team belongs to our fans,” Brittany Bowlen added. “That’s why investing in this community — and especially our future leaders — were always his priorities."
Bowlen becomes one of a select few to receive the Denver Area Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Peter H. Coors, the chairman and chief customer relations officer of Coors Brewing Company, received the award in 2018. Like Bowlen, Coors helped improve the scouting experience for thousands.
Bowlen previously served as the honorary chairman of the Sports Breakfast in 2007 when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell served as the keynote speaker.
The Broncos' owner was previously honored for his contributions to the community when he received the Mizel Institute’s Community Enrichment Award in 2013.