The NFL lost one of its most respected and longest-serving owners on Friday. Pat Bowlen, the owner of the Denver Broncos since 1984, has passed away at the age of 75 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Bowlen's tenure as the Broncos' owner oversaw the prime years of John Elway's career, which included five Super Bowl appearances and two Lombardi trophies.
He also got to see Peyton Manning lead the Broncos to another two Super Bowl appearances, winning another Lombardi Trophy at Super Bowl 50 - his final NFL game.
Sadly, Bowlen's condition had deteriorated to the point where he could not appear on stage when Broncos vice president John Elway and the Broncos hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the third time. That didn't stop Elway from dedicating their ">Super Bowl 50 victory to him though.
Before purchasing the Denver Broncos from Edgar Kaiser in 1984, Bowlen and his family made their fortune in Canadian oil, real estate, mining and his law practice.
In addition to the Denver Broncos, Bowlen's sports portfolio included the Denver Outlaws of Major League Lacrosse, as well as the Arena Football League's Colorado Crush.
He is set to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Bowlen's family and loved ones.