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Jan 19, 2011 1:45 AM by Lee Douglas

Bowlen promises to restore Broncos legacy

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Pat Bowlen says in a letter to season ticket holders that last season was his most difficult in his more than a quarter century as owner of the Denver Broncos and he pledges to restore integrity and a winning culture to a franchise rocked by problems on and off the field.

The letter was part of the season ticket renewal packet that began arriving Tuesday.

In his most extensive comments about the troubles that besieged his team last season, Bowlen writes that last year "was the most trying for me in 27 years of ownership" and pledges to "restore the culture of winning, trust and integrity" to the organization.

The Broncos were rocked by the embarrassing Spygate II videotaping scandal and a historic slide, which led to coach Josh McDaniels' firing Dec. 6. After a franchise-worst 4-12 season, John Elway rejoined the team as its chief football executive and he hired John Fox as coach.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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