Editor’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.