Pat Bowlen has done a lot for the Mile High City.
Since Bowlen became the owner of the Denver Broncos in 1984, his team has advanced to the Super Bowl seven times. In 32 years as owner, Bowlen's Broncos have made it to the postseason 18 times.
Bowlen has guided the Broncos to the best win percentage (.614) in the NFL during his tenure as owner. The last major decision he made, before Alzheimer's disease forced him to step back from team operations, was the hiring of John Elway as Vice President of Football Operations.
Under Elway's leadership, the Broncos have won the AFC West in each of his five seasons as GM, and the AFC crown twice. The Broncos' most recent Conference Championship bought them a trip to Super Bowl 50, where they dismantled the Carolina Panthers 24-10.
Following the game, Elway stood proudly upon the victory podium holding the Lombardi Trophy and said the words every Broncos fan had been dreaming about since 1999.
"This one's for Pat!"
The euphoric aspect of winning the franchise's third World Championship was tempered somewhat by the bittersweet probability that Bowlen might never know that his team won it all again, due the ravages of Alzheimer's.
But fortunately, he still has moments of lucidity.
The news that Pat Bowlen understands and is aware that the Broncos battled to the top of the mountain and won Super Bowl 50 is sure to warm the hearts of Broncos Country the world over.
Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.
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