Bowlens takes sides in the battle for control of the Denver Broncos – The Athletic

    On the afternoon of June 24, a row of black SUVs headed for downtown Denver and wrapped a two-block stretch of the North Capitol Hill neighborhood. Traffic stopped along the main artery as curious drivers slowed to observe dozens of former NFL players, coaches and team owners, most dressed in dark suits and sunglasses, get out of the cars and gather on the steps of the centuries-old Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. .

    Sometimes called “The Glory Pinnaculate of the West”, the Gothic cathedral has a grandeur in its history, with 210-foot twin bell spiers towering over Colfax Avenue, an interior covered in white marble and 75 elaborate stained-glass windows that throw colored beams on its wooden benches.

    Perhaps there was no better place to honor Pat Bowlen, the longtime owner of the Denver Broncos who died 11 days earlier at the age of 75. Bowlen owned the Broncos for 35 years and turned a once-ruined franchise into one of the …


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