Arnie Stapleton, Ap Pro Football Writer Published 2:18 pm PST, Friday, February 1, 2019 ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway has a good feeling that Pat Bowlen will join him in the Hall of Fame this weekend. "He's right on the doorstep," the Hall of Fame quarterback-turned-executive said. "He's very deserving. We're excited about the fact that he's gotten this far. We feel great about where he is." The Denver Broncos owner is a contributor finalist along with former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt. This year's modern-era finalists include Champ Bailey, Steve Atwater and John Lynch, all of whom played for Bowlen's Broncos. The 2019 class will be announced at the NFL Honors Saturday night in Atlanta with enshrinement in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 3. Several of Bowlen's children are in Atlanta for what would be a bittersweet celebration. Bowlen didn't make the trip. He's made no major public appearances since Alzheimer's forced him to step down from his daily duties … [Read more...] about Broncos owner Pat Bowlen on cusp of Hall of Fame
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If it’s OK with Beth, Johnny and all the bickering Bowlen kids, can we call a ceasefire in the family food fight long enough to get Mr. B elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? On the cusp of Pat Bowlen being granted football immortality, his children have raised such a ruckus it makes me wonder if they’re spoiled brats not to be trusted with upholding the Broncos’ tradition of excellence. I’d call the whole affair sad, if NFL commissioner Roger Goodell didn’t beat me to it. “It’s sad when disputes like this occur. It’s not something I think Pat Bowlen, who I knew very well, would have wanted,” Goodell said Wednesday, when Denver Post reporter Ryan O’Halloran inquired about the family feud over team ownership. “The Broncos meant a great deal to him and his family. I think this week, the best thing we can do is to focus on Pat and his contributions and his viability to become a new member of the Hall of Fame.” … [Read more...] about Kiszla: As beloved Broncos owner awaits call from pro football Hall, can we put bickering Bowlen kids in timeout?
Carlos Monarrez Detroit Free Press Published 5:00 PM EST Jan 11, 2019 Good riddance, Vic Fangio. The Chicago Bears lost their excellent defensive coordinator this week, when the Denver Broncos hired him as their head coach. Under Fangio this season, Chicago's defense was third overall and first in scoring. Needless to say, the Bears’ loss is the Detroit Lions’ gain. So good riddance and good luck, Vic. And now that you’re out of the NFC North, how about a little horse trading for a certain quarterback you’re fond of? That’s right. Matthew Stafford. The stars could align for a trade that works out well for both teams. The Broncos need a quarterback. The Lions need an edge rusher, and though general manger Bob Quinn believes Stafford could win a Super Bowl in Detroit, he could easily find another quarterback to fit Matt Patricia's careful, balanced, ball-control offense. [ Matthew Stafford is Lions' QB for 2019 and beyond. Here's why ] … [Read more...] about Why Detroit Lions should trade Stafford to Denver Broncos
DENVER — Brittany Bowlen, one of Pat Bowlen’s seven children, said Saturday night she’s hoping to one day succeed her father as principal owner of the Denver Broncos.It was the first public declaration of her intention and it came at the Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s annual fashion show , where she is co-chair.The franchise has been run by a trust since Pat Bowlen stepped away several years ago to battle Alzheimer’s.“Right now, the Denver Broncos have an owner. It’s my father. Unfortunately, he can’t be involved in the day-to-day of the team,” Brittany Bowlen said. “I do have ambitions and goals to one day becoming the controlling owner of the Denver Broncos. And I’ll keep working toward those goals. I’m not there yet, but I really believe I can get there.”Brittany Bowlen, 28, received her master’s degree in business administration from Duke in May after graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in … [Read more...] about Pat Bowlen’s daughter Brittany wants to run Denver Broncos one day
We’ve see it many times before. The Denver Broncos score a touchdown and out runs the team mascot, Thunder. But what does Thunder, an Arabian horse, do during the rest of the game? Is Thunder a boy or a girl? Who is Thunder’s favorite player? It has to be Von Miller, right?At a recent home game I spent some time chatting with Thunder, HIS rider Annie Judge and owner Sharon Magness Blake to find out what a typical game is like for the Broncos mascot.It turns out that the current Thunder is of legal voting age. The 18-year old is actually the third Thunder. The first died at age 27, the second is retired and is 25. Thunder IV is currently in training and 11 years old.Before a game starts, Thunder delivers the game ball to officials or a special guest of the team. Then he leads the team out during player introductions. During a typical game Thunder, along with his rider and owner, hang out by the south stands, close to the goal posts. They are there for the entire game, … [Read more...] about A game in the life of Denver Broncos mascot, Thunder