Longtime Broncos owner Pat Bowlen died Thursday night at the age of 75 after a battle with Alzheimer's disease. Bowlen, who served as owner for 35 years, saw the Broncos make seven trips to the Super Bowl and win three Lombardi Trophies during his tenure. He will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank released the following statement following the passing of Bowlen:
"Pat's legacy and impact on the Broncos and the community of Denver will not only be remembered for his team's success on the field, but for the lives he has touched along the way. His contributions to the game of football will be immortalized with his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame as Pat led the Broncos organization and created one of the most sought-after cultures in sports, while becoming one of the staple franchises in the NFL. On behalf of the Atlanta Falcons organization and my family, our condolences go out to his wife Annabel, the entire Bowlen family, and the Broncos organization."