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Three Of Pat Bowlen's Children Are No Longer A Part Of The Denver Broncos

The question of which Bowlen family member will take over as majority owner after Pat is still in question.

Just days after the Denver Broncos received Super Bowl rings with the inscribed message “this one’s for Pat,” the Denver Post has reported that three of the legendary owner’s children have left the team.

Bowlen’s role with the team has been severely diminished since he stepped away from his everyday duties as owner and CEO in 2014 as his battle with Alzheimer’s disease worsened.  And now, as was reported today, John, Brittany, and Beth Bowlen have each stepped away from the Denver Broncos for separate reasons. 30-year-old John Bowlen has been placed on indefinite leave from his role as a marketing employee with the team following a domestic violence arrest dating back one year.  He is currently, according to a Broncos spokesperson, pursuing other opportunities. 

After spending the better part of a year as a business analyst with the Broncos, 26-year-old Brittany Bowlen will be away from the team while she works towards a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University.

Finally, 45-year-old Beth Bowlen has been away from her position with the team as a director of special projects and events for a year while she earned a law degree from the University of Denver.  Although she graduated in May, there is still no word as to whether she plans to rejoin the Broncos organization in any capacity. 

There is still, however, one Bowlen that remains with the Denver Broncos. 32-year-old Patrick Bowlen III still works as a facilities coordinator with the team.  Pat Bowlen’s three other remaining children do not have a role with the team at this time. The exodus of the three Bowlen children may not shake up the grand scheme of the Broncos front office plans in the short term, but a family trust set up by the Broncos majority owner has ensured that one of his seven children eventually take over controlling interest of the team. 

Broncos President Joe Ellis, Executive Vice President Rich Slivka, and Denver attorney Mary Kelly make up the three-person committee that will one day choose which Bowlen child will assume the position once filled by their father. 

While the team is currently without three members of the Broncos’ first family, it is comforting to know that in the future, Denver’s front office will once again be led by the Bowlen name.

Will Keys is an Analyst for Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @WillKeys6.

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