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Pat Bowlen, 69, has dropped back in his decision making role as the owner of the Broncos to allow his old quarterback John Elway, as wholesale jerseys VP and CEO, and Joe Ellis as president, to assume those duties.

Suffering from short term memory loss and unable to recall details of his team's back to back Super Bowl championships in 1997 and 1998, Bowlen has made the decision not to do interviews leading up to the Super Bowl. Not with Denver media. Not with media from his old hometown where he played for the Edmonton Huskies and built Commonwealth Stadium.

But Fred Fleming, 74, loves to talk as much now as he did back when he was trying to get a word in edgewise as Bryan Hall's colour commentator on Edmonton Eskimos broadcasts on CJCA and later on the CFL telecasts on CTV.

Fleming goes back a long way with Bowlen before he responded to the owners request to make the move to Denver to work for the Broncos full time 24 years ago.

Other than Elway himself, there's probably nobody to speak to the way it is with Mr. B, as the owner is lovingly referred to within the Broncos organization, than the guy who has had several different titles but is usually referred to as Bowlen's longtime assistant. Super Bowl will very much be a celebration of Bowlen's 30th season as the owner of the team.

It's Bowlen's sixth trip to the Super Bowl, equaling the record of Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots.

Bowlen has become the only NFL owner in history to win 300 games in 30 seasons.

And Bowlen has only had five losing seasons in those 30 years. That might be the most impressive stat of all.

It's not as if this isn't everything it should be for Bowlen said Fleming. It's just that his boss has taken a step back and is no longer comfortable doing interviews and it's probably the smart thing in a week which can be overwhelming to somebody like himself, at the bottom of the organization as Fleming jokes, as the guy at the top.

is in here every day, said Fleming. still goes to the practices and the walk through. When it comes to football, don't think that he's missing anything. And when it comes to owning the Broncos he's always been all about the Super Bowl.

once he brought John in, he's backed off. He wanted John for that job for quite a long time. year soon, it is hoped, Bowlen will almost certainly be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Fleming Wholesale Jerseys says people probably have forgotten Bowlen could have ended up in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame instead.

was originally looking at buying the Montreal Alouettes. But the French Canadiens didn't want an English speaking Canadian owning the team back then so Pat started looking at the NFL and bought the Denver Broncos instead. in 1984 the Broncos under owner Edgar Kaiser were facing bankruptcy. Bowlen, his brothers John and Bill and sister Marybeth, purchased the team for $78 million.

The franchise value, as calculated by Forbes back in August was $1,161 million.

Despite the success Bowlen made of the franchise, he suffered by the lack of ultimate success for the longest time. I Cheap Pro Bowl Jerseys remember him in the bowels of Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego waiting for an elevator after his second Super Bowl loss.

embarrassed, he told me after the Broncos had lost 42 10. embarrassed we couldn't make it more entertaining. I'm embarrassed by the score. I'm embarrassed by the defence. I'm embarrassed by everything. I talked to him after he lost his third as an owner and made it back for his fourth kick at the can, one quote stuck with me.

winning the Super Bowl feels as good as losing feels bad, it's going to be off the dial. There's nothing in the world that compares to this. There's certainly nothing that can compare to winning. You can't win a world championship in the oil business. I want to be a world champion. I want that very much. when he finally won it he said one is for John. Bowlen is the answer to one of my favorite trivia questions. Who is the only person to ever win back to back Little Grey Cups and back to back Super Bowls?

Bowlen was a member of that celebrated Huskies team which won Canadian junior titles from 1962 to 1964.

He spoke at the Huskies 50th anniversary dinner to raise money for a new clubhouse and I remember talking to him on the phone to promote the dinner.

new clubhouse? I can't imagine that they spent all those years in that old clubhouse. We had trouble getting hot water back in the '60s. when I first interviewed him when he bought the Broncos, I asked him about his career with the Huskies.

played without distinction, was his evaluation.

look back on it as a very enjoyable time in my youth. That was a really fun group of guys to be around. It was a lot of fun, he said of the team which included the likes of Ron Forwick, Ian McLeod, George Spanach, Warren Hansen, Tony Rankel, Marv Roberts, Bob Bateman, Clarence Kachman, Hart Cantelon, Larry Dufresne, Vic Justic and Al Gordichuk.

figured he should donate $5,000 to the fund for the new clubhouse, remembers Fleming. suggested he auction off four executive box seats instead. They had two bids tied at $16,500. So he decided they were both winners and doubled the deal and they raised $33,000. has always been a big believer in the CFL. He played a major role in bringing NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue to Edmonton to attend the 1997 Grey Cup.

Canadian game is a great game. I don't think there were many Eskimos games I missed over the years. And certainly no Grey Cups, he once told me.

remember going to Clarke Stadium as a kid when my dad smuggled me in under his coat. Canadian football is a sacred thing, added the man who built Commonwealth Stadium with partner Peter Batoni for $18.2 million.

People forget a lot of things about Bowlen's time in town.

wonder how many people remember that Pat competed in the Hawaii Iron Man event when it first started out. That defined his mental toughness, said Fleming.


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