Denver Broncos: Which players belong in the Hall of Fame?
By Andrew Wade
First and foremost, Pat Bowlen not being in the Hall of Fame is outrageous.
The longtime owner of the Denver Broncos has overseen one of the most successful tenures of any franchise in all major sports. Since taking over in 1984, the Denver Broncos have made seven Super Bowls and won three Super Bowls.
According to Business Insider, Bowlen bought the Broncos for $71 million in 1994. Today’s estimated evaluation ranges anywhere from $2 to $2.8 billion. Although much of this can be contributed to the growth of the NFL, Bowlen is solely responsible for turning Denver into a premier team in the NFL.
In the 34 years under the ownership of Bowlen, only one franchise has been to more Super Bowls — the New England Patriots. Meanwhile, in the AFC West, no team has won more division titles in Bowlen’s tenure.
This consistency of winning and franchise stability is something many teams have been working towards since their inaugural seasons.
Additionally, Bowlen has been instrumental to the growth of the NFL, spearheading television deals during tough economic times.
In 2015, he was inducted into the Broncos Ring of Fame for all he has done, but when is it his time for the NFL Hall of Fame?
He has been close before, but with his health in question, it is pertinent that the voters do the right thing and induct him in 2019.