Goodell: Bowlen 'personified all that's right about the NFL'
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The NFL world is in mourning after the death of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen on Thursday night.

In Bowlen's 35 years at the helm, the Broncos made seven Super Bowls, winning three, and established themselves as one of the league's most revered franchises.

Bowlen's influence also extended far beyond Denver, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell paid homage to his impact on the game.

"Pat was driven by the will to succeed and his competitive spirit made him a great leader," Goodell said in a statement on Friday. "We all will greatly miss him and his kindness, passion, and wisdom. Pat had a deep love for the game of football, the Broncos and the city of Denver. In the 35 years he owned the Broncos, he helped deliver a remarkable 21 winning seasons and seven Super Bowl appearances, including three titles.

"Our league is also better because of Pat's extraordinary contributions. As co-chair of the NFL Management Council Executive Committee and the chair of the NFL Broadcasting Committee, Pat played an instrumental role in many facets of our league that benefited fans, players, and clubs.”

"Pat personified all that’s right about the NFL and is extremely deserving of this summer's recognition as a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We send our deepest condolences to Annabel, the Bowlen family, and Broncos fans in Denver and around the world."

While remaining owner, Bowlen relinquished control of the Broncos in 2014 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, the year before the team won its third championship at Super Bowl 50.

Goodell: Bowlen 'personified all that's right about the NFL'
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