ATLANTA, GA – Mixed in with multiple questions about the non-call in the NFC Championship game between the Saints and the Rams at his State of the League press conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the ongoing saga for the Denver Broncos ownership… As much as he could, that is.
“As you know that is an ongoing dispute, it is one that our office, and myself in particular, may be involved in so I am limited at how much I can say at this point in time.”
That was in response to the lawsuit filed against the members of the Pat Bowlen Trust. The suit was filed by Bill Bowlen, one of Pat’s brothers, asking that the three members to release their power over the trust. Several months ago, Beth Bowlen Wallace, said she wanted to take over control of the team her father once did and the trust disagreed with her intentions.
“It is sad when disputes like this occur,” Goodell said. “It is not something that Pat Bowlen – who I knew very well – would have wanted.”
Brittany Bowlen, one of Pat’s daughters from his second marriage to Annabell Bowlen, has emerged as a successor to her father’s throne. She has said she would like to run the Broncos in the near future.
Pat Bowlen is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the contributor category. He and Broncos Country will learn if he will be immortalized in Canton, Ohio on Saturday evening.
“The Broncos meant a great deal to him and to his family,” Goodell said. “I think this week the best thing we can do is to focus on Pat, his contributions and his viability to become a member of the Hall of Fame.”