Obit Pat Bowlen

Fans gather at a statue of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen outside Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Friday, June 14, 2019, in Denver. Bowlen died Thursday night.

Sports greats aren't the only ones reacting to the death of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, who passed away late Thursday night at age 75 after a years-long battle with Alzheimer's.

Colorado politicos, from the governor and U.S. senators to state legislators, are also reacting.

Here's a roundup of their comments.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis: "Sad to hear about the passing of Pat Bowlen. His accomplishments in life were amazing, including bringing 3 Super Bowl titles to Denver as Broncos owner. His legacy & impact on the state will be remembered for years to come in many ways. My thoughts are with his family & friends."

U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner: "Thank you, Pat. Our prayers are with you, and your legacy remains."

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: "Saddened to learn of the passing of Pat Bowlen. Pat's love of his players, the Broncos organization, and the Denver community was evident in everything he did. Our sincere condolences to his family and the entire Broncos community."

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock: "I’m saddened to learn of the loss of longtime owner, Pat Bowlen. Mr. Bowlen was an institution here in and the NFL, and his presence and dedication to our city, our beloved team and the sport of football will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. My prayers and the thoughts of all of Broncos Country are with Bowlen family and his loved ones as they mourn his passing."

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb: "Pat Bowlen, 'Mr. B,' was the essence of Denver Broncos football. As mayor, we worked together to let the Broncos out of their city lease to create a football district to build the new Mile High stadium, while also securing a 25-year lease to keep the team in Denver. We planned two Super Bowl parades together, and Wilma and I consider he and his wife, Annabel, a great athlete in her own right, friends. Pat should have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame years ago, but will be there in spirit this summer when he receives this honor. Rest In Peace, Pat, and my best to his family, which includes all of Broncos Country.

State Senate President Leroy Garcia: "I am saddened to hear of the passing of Pat Bowlen. As a man who helped the Broncos play in seven Super Bowls and bring home three trophies, he leaves behind a legacy the state of Colorado can be proud of. I offer the entire Bowlen family my love and support." 

Senate Minority Leader Chris Holbert: “Mr. Bowlen proved that football isn’t just a game. His franchise, vision and leadership, became a unifying force for diverse Colorado.”

Colorado House Majority Leader Alec Garnett: “I’m sorry to hear of Pat’s passing. I’m glad he was recognized by the league with his induction into the Hall of Fame and the community will always appreciate the contributions he made to make our state the best in the Union.”

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