Roger Goodell: NFL is better because of Pat Bowlen - USA DAILY NEWS

Roger Goodell: NFL is better because of Pat Bowlen

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Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died Thursday at age 75 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Bowlen, who bought the Denver franchise with his siblings in 1984, helped the Broncos become one of the winningest teams in NFL history, earning three Super Bowl trophies, and will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the 2019 class this August in Canton.

Friday morning, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell led a cacophony of praise for Bowlen’s extraordinary life and the influence he had on the league and beyond:

“Pat was driven by the will to succeed and his competitive spirit made him a great leader. We all will greatly miss him and his kindness, passion and wisdom,” Goodell said in a statement.

“Pat had a deep love for the game of football, the Broncos and the City of Denver. In the 35 years he owned the Broncos, he helped deliver a remarkable 21 winning seasons and seven Super Bowl appearances, including three titles.

“Our league is also better because of Pat’s extraordinary contributions. As co-chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and the chair of the NFL Broadcasting Committee, Pat played an instrumental role in many facets of our League that benefited fans, players and clubs.

“Pat personified all that’s right about the NFL and is extremely deserving of this summer’s recognition as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“We send our deepest condolences to Annabel, the Bowlen family and Broncos‘ fans in Denver and around the world.”

NFL owners, teams and players mourn the loss of longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen:

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