Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Friday,
Dec 19th
Home Leisure Sports Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginning

Pat Bowlen — consistent from the beginning

E-mail Print PDF

Pat Bowlen, owner of the Denver BroncosEditor’s note: In light of the announcement last week that Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has stepped down from the operations of the franchise due to Alzheimer’s, we reprint this interview with him conducted by IJN Sports Editor Gerald Mellman.

The interview appeared in the IJN, June 23, 1989, and is remarkable for its consistency with so much of what has been written about Bowlen since he announced his illness.

BRONCOS owner Pat Bowlen, who also doubles as the president and chief executive officer, belongs to an ultraexclusive fraternity numbering a mere 27 others. The initiation fee for this elite but diverse body is somewhat steeper than what the average wallet can handle, if the purchase of an NFL franchise is any criterion. In his mid-40s, Bowlen is only a youngster compared with oldsters like his Buffalo counterpart octogenarian Ralph Wilson.

It goes without saying that Bowlen’s first five years on the job have met with resounding success. In fact, his burst on the football scene in early ’84 could not have been better timed. He immediately laced his stamp on the Broncos by leading them to unprecedented attainments.

Preceding his arrival the Broncos floundered during  the strike of ’82 with a 2-7 record, improving it during Edgar Kaiser’s final year of ownership to a 9-7 record. However, they lost soundly to Seattle in the playoffs.

An indication of Bowlen’s effectiveness as a new owner was the Broncos’ season in ’84 with 13 victories — the most wins in the history of the franchise.

In 1986 and again in 1987, the Broncos captured the AFC Championship and climaxed their seasons with Super Bowl appearances.

DURING Bowlen’s five years of ownership, the Broncos have sported the best overall record in the AFC and have drawn the most attendance in the entire NFL. In his first four years of ownership, the Broncos won 10 more games each year — the only AFC team to accomplish this feat.

The peak moments for Bowlen came when the Broncos nipped the Browns in overtime in Cleveland and a year later when the Broncos again defeated the Browns in Denver. At stake were the ’86 and ’87 AFC crowns.

The rest of this article is available in the August 1, 2014 IJN print and digital edition only. Contact Carol to order your copy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or subscribe to our online e-Edition.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )  

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

Iran unveils monument to Iran-Iraq War Jewish ‘martyrs’

Ron Kampeas Iran unveiled a monument to Jews who died during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. ... [Link]

Freundel-related lawsuit adds RCA as defendant

Ron Kampeas A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant. ... [Link]

Suspected Kansas City JCC shooter found competent to stand trial

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. said as he left the courtroom, “I had a right and a duty to do what I did.” ... [Link]

Causing stir, prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

Uriel Heilman Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewi... [Link]

Mossad spy reached Hezbollah’s upper ranks, Arab media report

Ron Kampeas A Lebanese businessman arrested last week succeeded the slain operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, the reports say. ... [Link]

Despite menorah confiscations, women kindle lights at Western Wall

Marcy Oster Security guards said they were acting on orders from the Kotel rabbi, Women of the Wall said. ... [Link]

Swedish lawmaker: Jews must assimilate to become true Swedes

Marcy Oster Far-right lawmaker Bjorn Soder angered Jewish leaders with his call on Jews and other minorities “to adapt to the Swedish and assimilate in order to become Swedish.” ... [Link]

Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel

Ben Sales In the southern region where the country’s largest ever oil spill befouled a 3.5 mile stretch of desert, Israel hopes to become a leader in renewable energy. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com