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Rapoport: Broncos have picked successor to become next owner

Rapoport: Broncos have picked successor to become next owner

Bowlen had stepped away from day-to-day management of the team in the years prior to that victory because of his Alzheimer's diagnosis.

"Our family wishes to express its honest gratitude for the outpouring of support we have received in recent years".

He had as many Super Bowl appearances (seven) as losing seasons, and the Broncos had a 354-240-1 record since he bought the team in 1984.

In addition to the Denver Broncos, Bowlen's sports portfolio included the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, as well as the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush.

Bowlen served as a key figure among the NFL labor and TV contracts, including negotiating the league's $18 billion television deal, among the most lucrative in history, as the chair of the NFL Broadcast Committee. "He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will endure through the team he built, the community he loved and his well-deserved recognition as a Pro Football Hall of Famer". He also served on multiple other committees, including: NFL Films, Compensation, Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFL Network, Finance, and global and Workplace Diversity. "Even during his battle with Alzheimer's, you could still see that same strength and dignity in Pat that he brought to the office every single day for more than 30 years".

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"Pat was the driving force in establishing the championship culture of the Broncos", Ellis said.

Elway, now the team's president of football operations and general manager, remembered Bowlen Friday morning.

He also got to see Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to another two Super Bowl appearances, winning another Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 50 - his final National Football League game. "He cared about you as a person, he cared about you as a player, and he gave you everything he had to help you succeed, but you always knew you were expected to care as much as he did". The Broncos will likely begin grooming her for ownership but she's not expected to officially take over the team for several more years.

"He was a tremendous mentor to me and a tremendous friend".

"He did a great job of applying pressure at the right times but always trusted his football people to make the right decisions".