Does the John Bowlen domestic violence arrest open up the door for John Elway to become the principal owner of the Denver Broncos? Every Elway hater out there would call that just another in a long line of Elway sycophants being blind to the flaws that Elway has. However, Elway is a proven businessman with an acute knowledge of both sides of the NFL.
When Pat Bowlen was forced to step down as owner of the Broncos the last July, the idea was that his team would eventually be run by someone in his family. This certainly is still a possibility, and John Bowlen’s arrest does not signal the end of a Bowlen ownership. It does seem to cast doubt on who would be the principal owner in the coming year.
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Elway has made a career out of savvy business moves since he retired from the Broncos following the 1998 season. If you live in Colorado you know all about Elway’s car dealerships. He sold most of his interest in those dealerships in 2001 for $82.5 million. Not bad. Not only can he sell cars, but Elway can also decorate your home with his successful furniture line.
Elway was also the leader of an ownership group that brought the Arena Football League to Denver in the form of the Crush. The crush made four playoff appearances, winning a championship in 2005. Elway’s guidance and leadership proved invaluable to the team. Success has followed Elway in almost every endeavor since his playing career ended.
Now, with Pat Bowlen having stepped aside, and John Bowlen putting his own ownership bid in jeapardy, is it possible Elway could put together an ownership group and take full control of the team? It may not be as far fetched an idea as it seems. Elway has proven he has the ability to run an NFL franchise. His moves have helped put Denver in the driver’s seat in the AFC West, and a position to challenge for a Super Bowl every year. I could think of worse things to happen to the Broncos.
Feb 19, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos general manager John Elway speaks to the media during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports