Since 1984, the Denver Broncos ownership has been under Pat Bowlen’s control. As of late, the Bowlen family has been in control after Mr. Bowlen’s battle with Alzheimer’s led to his sad passing in June of 2019. Tuesday, August 9th the Walton-Penner ownership group officially takes over for $4.65 billion.
Around 11:45 AM MDT on August 9th, it was made official that the Walton-Penner ownership group will be the next face of the franchise. The NFL held a meeting where all owners attended and voted on the purchase of the Broncos.
It was a unanimous decision to approve the purchase of $4.65 billion for the franchise. It was followed by a short press conference where Rob Walton specifically mentioned that this was the one franchise they had their eye on purchasing, having direct Colorado connections drove that interest.
Huge Shoes To Fill
There is no denying that Pat Bowlen was exactly what the Broncos needed for decades at the owner position. With three Super Bowls, 13 division titles, and 21 winning seasons, his tenure was very successful which was seen firsthand on Sundays.
While not being as front and center in front of the media as Jerry Jones in Dallas; he had the same impact with leadership, commitment, and a passion to bring the most success to Denver that he could. This ownership has a ton of expectations that were set personally by Pat Bowlen. It will never be the same without Pat or his family being in control.
While the shoes will be nearly impossible to fill, there is optimism that the Walton-Penner group will give it their best shot. When Pat Bowlen passed away on June 13th, 2019; his family released a statement that truly put into perspective how committed he was to the Denver Broncos franchise.
“Heaven got a little bit more orange and blue tonight” – Bowlen Family Statement