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Amid the orange madness, as the Broncos celebrated their 26-16 dismantling of New England, the man who made all this crazy happiness possible stood quiet as a ghost, alone in the crowd.
Pat Bowlen is 69 years old. To be honest, he looks older. Time and gravity eventually slow a football mogul’s stride. But his heart still beats with a passion for winning. Nobody in the Broncos organization hears the clock ticking more urgently than the franchise owner of 30 years, a reign that spans the glorious history from John Elway to Peyton Manning.
“This one’s Super,” Bowlen said Sunday, after Denver secured the trophy as the AFC’s best team. “We’re going to New York.”
The Broncos punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.