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Old 05-23-2013, 06:54 AM   #1
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Broncos owner Pat Bowlen is honored with Mizel community service award


From left, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper introduces Broncos owner Pat Bowlen to Denver philanthropist Larry Mizel on Wednesday night. (Steve Peterson, Special to The Denver Post)
All of the Broncos' Hall of Famers were there.

John Elway, Gary Zimmerman, Floyd Little, Shannon Sharpe. Colorado's governor showed up too. Denver's mayor. The men were dressed in sport coats and ties, the women in formal dresses.

In all, 2,200 of Colorado's most distinguished showed up at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver to honor Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who received the Mizel Institute Community Enrichment Award for his years of community service.

"He gave back while he tried to win," Broncos president Joe Ellis said. "He's always been about winning. He's very pleased with the way things are now with our organization. And he wants nothing more than to get back to the Super Bowl and win it, I can tell you that. But his legacy in the community as someone who gives back is something that's been consistent throughout his 30 years here."

Perhaps Bowlen's greatest contribution to the community, though, has been civic pride. The Broncos, by and large, have a team the Denver area is proud to call its own. Here are a few of the remarkable numbers Bowlen has accumulated since he bought the Broncos in March 1984: an NFL-most 177 home wins and 292 wins overall, a little more than 10 wins per season.

Bowlen's Broncos have had only five losing seasons in 29 years. Five.

"That starts at the top," said Elway, who quarterbacked the Broncos to their two Super Bowl titles and now is their football operations boss. "It's not easy to win in this league. Pat knows how to get the right people in the spots. And then give them the rope to do their job. He has a tremendous feel for people and he has tremendous instincts. I don't think people realize that about him."

Bowlen wasn't made available to the media Wednesday, but this was a night when he was recognized as much for the $25 million he has donated to Denver-area charities over the years.



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Old 05-23-2013, 07:16 AM   #2
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SoCal should have to give him the award.
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Old 05-23-2013, 07:46 AM   #3
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Well...at least he is doing something for the community so there is some positive somewhere he is contributing.

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I have been one of those that have been critical of Pat Bowlen but I must say he has done much right these past couple of years. He hired Elway and did not tie his hands money wise. He has recovered nicely from the MCD era.
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I thought he would get the coors light heavyweight boozer award with his rep around here. If not that his Obama bail out man of the hour award since he is broke too.
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The following owners are nominees for the Hall of Fame class of 2013:

1) Bud Adams, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, 1960-present (never won a Super Bowl, betrayed his fans by moving the team to another city)

2) Jack Kent Cooke, Washington Redskins, 1974-1997 (A good owner, 23 years with 3 Superbowl wins, and was active in charities and civic organizations in D.C.)

3) Ed DeBartolo, Jr., San Francisco 49ers, 1979-2000 (team won 5 Superbowls during his tenure. However, was also involved in criminal cases involving graft and political corruption, and was eventually removed by the league)

4) Robert Kraft, New England Patriots, 1994-present (A good owner, team has appeared in 5 Superbowls and won 3 during his tenure)

5) Art Modell, Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens, 1961-2011 (No. Just no -- you can't do what he did to the Browns fans and be considered for the HOF. Ever. Besides, his teams only won one Superbowl during his 50-year tenure.)

6) Carl Storck, Dayton Triangles, 1918-1930 (His resume is weak at best. Does everyone involved in the founding of the league deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?)

Personally, I think Bowlen has been a better owner and a more deserving HOF inductee than any of the above, with the possible exception of Jack Kent Cooke. Why the hell is he not on the ballot?
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The following owners are nominees for the Hall of Fame class of 2013:

1) Bud Adams, Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, 1960-present (never won a Super Bowl, betrayed his fans by moving the team to another city)

2) Jack Kent Cooke, Washington Redskins, 1974-1997 (A good owner, 23 years with 3 Superbowl wins, and was active in charities and civic organizations in D.C.)

3) Ed DeBartolo, Jr., San Francisco 49ers, 1979-2000 (team won 5 Superbowls during his tenure. However, was also involved in criminal cases involving graft and political corruption, and was eventually removed by the league)

4) Robert Kraft, New England Patriots, 1994-present (A good owner, team has appeared in 5 Superbowls and won 3 during his tenure)

5) Art Modell, Cleveland Browns/Baltimore Ravens, 1961-2011 (No. Just no -- you can't do what he did to the Browns fans and be considered for the HOF. Ever. Besides, his teams only won one Superbowl during his 50-year tenure.)

6) Carl Storck, Dayton Triangles, 1918-1930 (His resume is weak at best. Does everyone involved in the founding of the league deserve to be in the Hall of Fame?)

Personally, I think Bowlen has been a better owner and a more deserving HOF inductee than any of the above, with the possible exception of Jack Kent Cooke. Why the hell is he not on the ballot?
lol at the nomination of Kraft. He's got deep pockets and his franchise has had a lot of success lately because they lucked out on Brady. He's in no way more deserving than Bowlen for HoF consideration.
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lol at the nomination of Kraft. He's got deep pockets and his franchise has had a lot of success lately because they lucked out on Brady. He's in no way more deserving than Bowlen for HoF consideration.
Bowlen has essentially the same resume as Kraft, except with 11 more years of quality service. East coast bias at its worst.
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Wasn't it Bowlen credited with negotiating a very lucrative NFL / TV contract a few years back?
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Is this an award for being broke?
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Yes. The most inconspicuously broke man in the world. Two years ago Michael Moore was honored.
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