Patrick Dennis Bowlen is a native of WIsconsin and grew to be a successful businessman and lawyer with interests in both the United States and Canada. Bowlen bought the Denver Broncos from Edgar Kaiser in 1984 -- he was introduced to the Denver community as the new owner on March 23, 1984. He has gone on to become the longest-tenured owner of a major sports team in Colorado history.
Bowlen took steps early on to build a sense of pride and an attitude of success for the team. In his first year of ownership he created both an annual Bronco alumni reunion and the Ring of Fame which graces the Broncos' home stadium. In that same first season, the Broncos set team records for number of wins in a season (13), consecutive wins (10) and the franchise led the NFL in actual, in-stadium attendance. Since Bowlen took the reins of the team, the Broncos have posted ninety or more wins in each of the last three decades and have also posted the fewest number of losing seasons (5) in the NFL since 1984.