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Denver Broncos owner, OU alumnus Pat Bowlen dies at 75

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Broncos owner and OU alumnus Pat Bowlen died late Thursday night after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Bowlen, who was introduced as majority owner of the Broncos in 1984 and owned the franchise for 35 years, was selected into the 2019 NFL Hall of Fame class, according to a statement from the Broncos.

Bowlen played wide receiver at OU, according to the statement, and went on to earn business and law degrees from OU in 1965 and 1968.

Bowlen is the first NFL owner to tally 300 wins in his first 30 years at the helm of an NFL franchise, and has an all-time winning percentage of .596 (354-240-1) as owner, the second highest in NFL history.

“Pat Bowlen had a competitive spirit with a great sense of humor," the Bowlen family said in the statement. "As fun-loving as he was, he always wanted us to understand the big picture. We will forever remember his kindness and humility.

“More important than being an incredible owner, Pat Bowlen was an incredible human being,” the family's statement said.

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Scott Kirker is a letters and Spanish senior and summer editor-in-chief of The Daily. Previously he worked as a news reporter covering research and administrative searches.

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