Pat Bowlen, Broncos owner, nominated as a contributor finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

Pat Bowlen, Broncos owner, nominated as a contributor finalist for Pro Football Hall of Fame

  23 Aug 2018

More Super Bowl appearances than losing seasons. Nearly 350 wins. Conference championships with four different head coaches. And a leader at the NFL level.

All of that was enough for Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to be nominated Thursday for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Finally, those around him believe.

“If you dig up the history of the NFL as a whole and where it is today, Pat Bowlen was a visionary,” said former Broncos receiver Rod Smith.

The Contributor’s Selection Committee agreed. The five-person panel of media members selected Bowlen and former Dallas personnel executive Gil Brandt as their Class of 2019 nominees.

Broncos president-CEO Joe Ellis said the organization was “absolutely thrilled” for Bowlen and his family.

“There’s no question that Pat elevated the NFL, the Broncos and our region over the last three decades,” Ellis said in a statement. “It’s very special to see Pat take such a significant step toward the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”

Bowlen, Brandt and former Kansas City defensive back Johnny Robinson, the senior’s committee nominee announced last week, will be presented to the full selection committee on Feb. 2 (the day before the Super Bowl) in Atlanta. Nominees are required to get 80 percent of the vote for enshrinement, which will take place next August in Canton, Ohio.

The contributor’s category is for “individuals who made outstanding contributions to professional football in capacities other than playing or coaching.”

“When you talk about the contributor category, I don’t think anybody is more deserving than Pat,” Broncos general manager John Elway told The Denver Post last week.

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