Here are a few of the memories Bowlen racked up for the Mile High throughout the years. My heartfelt condolences go out to his beloved wife Annabel, his children, the Denver Broncos and their fans.
The family also expressed gratitude for the "outpouring of support" its patriarch had received in recent years after his Alzheimer's diagnoses was revealed in July 2014. Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight. As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture.
"More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being", the statement continued. "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". During that span, the team won three Super Bowl rings and Bowlen became synonymous with a pair of catch phrases.
As pointed out by his family, he routinely used the line "I want to be No. 1 in everything". "If you are anxious about what it is worth, get into some other business".
Over the past three-plus decades, the Broncos have won seven AFC Championships under Bowlen (1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998, 2013 and 2015), along with three Super Bowl Championships - including back-to-back wins in 1997 and 1998 to become just the sixth National Football League team to do so.
And in the same spirit as Pat Bowlen's generosity to the greater Denver and Broncos community, the club and his family have help to raise awareness and money about the disease, which affects more than 5.8 million Americans.
During his 35 seasons as owner, Bowlen's team compiled a.596 winning percentage - tied for second-best in the National Football League during that span. Bowlen served on 15 different NFL ownership committees, including his work as chairman of both the NFL Broadcasting Committee and NFL Management Council Executive Committee. He was co-chair of the NFL management council executive committee from 2010 to 2011 and, as head of the NFL's broadcast committee, helped secure the league's massively lucrative television contracts and pushed for the creation of the "Sunday Night Football" franchise, which has become a constant ratings victor for NBC.