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Pat Bowlen
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Bowlen on the field at Invesco Field at Mile High in September 2010.
Personal information
Date of birth (1944-02-18) February 18, 1944 (age 70)
Place of birth Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
Career information
Position(s) Owner
Head coaching record
Championships won AFC Championship (1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013)
Super Bowl (1997, 1998)
Team(s) as a coach/administrator
1984–2014 Denver Broncos

Patrick Dennis "Pat" Bowlen (born February 18, 1944) is the majority owner of the Denver Broncos. The Bowlen Family, including his two brothers John Bowlen and Bill Bowlen, and sister Marybeth Bowlen, purchased the team from Edgar Kaiser in 1984 and saved the team from possible bankruptcy. He served as the Broncos CEO from his purchase of the club in 1984 until July of 2014, when he stepped down as Broncos' CEO due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease.[1]

Early life[edit]

Bowlen was born in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, the son of Arvella (née Woods) and Paul Dennis Bowlen, who became a millionaire in the Canadian oil business, founding Regent Drilling as a wildcatter. The oil company is now owned by Pat's brother John.[2] Bowlen is Catholic [3] and his team’s charity raised more than $1 million recently for the Catholic Capuchin order’s ministries to Denver’s poor and homeless.[4] He attended Campion Jesuit Catholic High School[5] and later earned degrees in business (1965) and law (1968) from the University of Oklahoma. The younger Bowlen became wealthy in his own right by becoming a successful lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta. He also worked as an executive for his father's company and as a real estate developer and had major investments in the mining industry.

Bowlen is an initiated member of the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity. He was initiated by the University of Oklahoma, Beta Omicron chapter in 1963. He is a member of the bar association and law society of Alberta, Canada. Bowlen is also one of the largest donors to the University of Denver.

Denver Broncos ownership[edit]

From 1999 to 2008, Bowlen and the Broncos were involved in several legal battles against one-time owner Edgar Kaiser. In 1998, Bowlen agreed to sell retired football legend John Elway a share in the team.[6] When Bowlen let the existence of the offer slip out to Kaiser while both were at the 1999 Bohemian Grove,[7] Kaiser sued, claiming a breach of contract. Kaiser asserted that he had a right of first refusal if any deal is made involving franchise ownership. In 2004, a jury ruled in favor of Kaiser and a Federal judge decreed that Kaiser was entitled to purchase back 10 percent of the Broncos using the identical purchase terms offered to Elway. Bowlen appealed the original verdict that ruled in favor of Kaiser and won in 2008, as the appellate court ruled that the structure of the Bowlen-Elway deal did not violate the original right of first refusal agreement.[8]

On December 30, 2008, Broncos head coach and Vice President of Football Operations Mike Shanahan was fired by Bowlen after a 14-year tenure as the head coach. Bowlen stated he wanted his team to go in a different direction. He undertook a search over two weeks and eventually chose Josh McDaniels, who at the time was the offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots Subsequently, after a losing streak in the 2010 season, McDaniels was fired as head coach of the Broncos.[9] On February 12, 2009, Bowlen appointed Brian Xanders as the team's sole general manager and fired Jim Goodman and Jeff Goodman.

Within two weeks of the end of the 2010-11 regular season, Bowlen and the Broncos had hired former Carolina Panthers' coach John Fox to be their new head coach. Although Bowlen had discussions with Fox before the hiring, new front-office executive John Elway was mostly responsible for the hiring. By late 2009, rumors had begun to emerge that Bowlen had stepped out of the spotlight because of short-term memory loss.[10] He told The Denver Post columnist Woody Paige that his memory wasn't what it used to be and that he couldn't recall details of the Broncos back-to-back Super Bowl titles in the late 1990s. Starting in 2010, Bowlen no longer played a major role in the Broncos' decision making, and Executive VP John Elway and President Joe Ellis assumed control. On July 23, 2014, due to complications with Alzheimer's disease, he officially relinquished control of the team to Joe Ellis.[11]

Colorado Crush ownership[edit]

Besides being owner and CEO of the Broncos, Bowlen was also part-owner of the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush. He shared ownership with Denver-based sports mogul Stan Kroenke and legendary Broncos quarterback John Elway. The Crush entered the AFL as an expansion franchise in 2003. After going through a 2-14 season in '03, the team soon became a perennial playoff contender and one of the league's top franchises. The Crush won the Arena Football Championship in 2005. Bowlen has won 3 championships as a football franchise owner; 2 Super Bowl titles with the Broncos in 1998 & 1999, and an Arena Football title in 2005 with the Crush.

Denver Outlaws ownership[edit]

In 2006 Major League Lacrosse decided to expand adding the Denver Outlaws to its league of teams. The Denver Outlaws have been the most winning franchise that Bowlen has ever owned boasting a regular season win percentage of .700 since their creation. The Outlaws have been to the Playoffs every year they have been in existence and advanced as far as the championship game 3 times (2006, 2008, 2009). In 2014, the team won its first championship.

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The Denver Post
Sat, 06 Sep 2014 23:05:21 -0700

In a bittersweet twist, Pat Bowlen for the first time in his 31 years as Broncos owner will not be in attendance for a Denver regular-season or playoff game Sunday night while approximately 25 million others enjoy the prime-time show he helped usher ...

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9NEWS.com
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 06:54:27 -0700

DENVER - The family of Pat Bowlen will have a team at the Walk to End Alzheimer's called "Team Super Bowlen." In fact, Annabel Bowlen will cut the ribbon to start the walk on Sept. 20. The family is inviting the community to get pledges so they can be ...

The Denver Channel

The Denver Channel
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 09:52:30 -0700

is a tribute to the Denver Broncos team, the players and owner Pat Bowlen. The new version was written by 14-year-old Daniel Hailpern, a patient at Children's Colorado's Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. The video ends with a message asking ...

9NEWS.com

9NEWS.com
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 07:49:31 -0700

9NEWS anchor Cheryl Preheim spoke to the family for the first time since it was announced that Pat Bowlen was living with the disease. "We are all just so honored to walking alongside some of the other families facing this disease." said his daughter ...

CBS Local

CBS Local
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:13:27 -0700

(Former Broncos owner) Edgar Kaiser hired me, but when (Owner) Pat (Bowlen) took over the team, he gave me everything you could possibly ask for as far as hiring people, as far as facilities.” Mingo was the first black placekicker in pro football ...
 
The Denver Post
Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:02:43 -0700

Annabel Bowlen, wife of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, and Bowlen family members have formed their own team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's event Saturday, Sept. 20, at Denver's City Park. "Team Super Bowlen" has so far raised nearly $15,000 — and that's ...
 
Colorado Springs Gazette
Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:15:00 -0700

BOWLEN'S ABSENCE: Even as dementia began to rob him of some of his fondest memories over the past few years, team owner Pat Bowlen reported to work every day to oversee multimillion-dollar upgrades to the team's training facilities and roster.
 
The Denver Post
Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:05:50 -0700

I brought this to the attention of an equally significant NFL office — that of Broncos chief executive officer Joe Ellis, who is running the team for owner Pat Bowlen. "Roger Goodell is a man of integrity who has dedicated his life to the National ...
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