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Broncos’ John Elway reveals the influence Pat Bowlen had on him in Denver

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Longtime Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen passed away at the age of 75 last week after a lengthy bout with Alzheimer’s disease. With the Denver staple leaving behind an impressive legacy, former Broncos quarterback and current front office executive John Elway has yet to stop expressing his love for Bowlen.

“You know other than my father I don’t know if anybody had more of an influence on my life than Pat,” Elway recently said, via Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. “For that I’m very, very grateful.’’

Elway is also grateful for the late Bowlen from a football perspective. The Pro Football Hall of Fame signal caller praised the longtime Broncos owner for the way he ran the AFC West franchise.

“The one thing I think about Pat was he ran this football team with his heart and not his pocketbook. The players felt that,” Elway added, via The Denver Post. “… As a player, nothing means more than when your owner and the main boss is at practice every single day. If it’s that important to him, it rubbed off of us as players.”

With the Broncos now being forced to transition into a new era, Elway will continue to run the team as Denver’s general manager and president of football operations. In addition to winning a pair of Super Bowl titles with the Broncos as the team’s starting quarterback, Elway also brought a title to Denver as part of the front office.